Moose and Gibson, Woolloongabba, Brisbane

The opening of cute and quirky café Moose and Gibson is another step along the path of Woolloongabba’s transformation from an industrial zone to an urban playground.

It’s a wonder that there’s still so much light industrial in this area which is so close to the city and I’m betting savvy investors sussed that out long ago.

Don't you just love this swing chair and green wall?

Sitting amongst the pseudo industrial décor of Moose and Gibson, I’m feeling rather trendy and would like to be extending my stay with a wander down to the top end of Logan Road and a peek through one of my fave shops, Absolutely Fabulous . However I’m more likely to be heading the other way and stocking the pantry with some bargains at Pennisi Cuisine in Balaclava Street.

Lunch first and because it’s early days for this new venture from Australian Wallaby Scott Higginbotham and his business partners Malcolm and Danielle Watts, who also own the Wellers Hill based Leaf Espresso Bar, the choice is from the all-day breakfast menu or the cabinet display of paninis.

The café style menu, developed by Chef Luke Tye who previously was head chef with the ALH Group, has plenty to tempt. We settle on baked potted eggs which come with small pieces of chorizo in the well flavoured tomato sauce and toasted ciabatta ($16.90) and crumbed and lightly fried potato and three cheese croquettes served with a refreshing cucumber salad and tomato chutney ($15.90). The combined with the chutney and cucumber, the cheese croquettes were rich and creamy with plenty of flavour and texture contrasts.

The other dish that caught my eye was the Mad Moose - eggs any way with garlic mushrooms, spinach, bacon, black pudding, house beans, potato croquette, grilled tomato and toast ($21.50).

The coffee is Two Seasons coffee and where did the café name come from? It’s named after Malcolm’s beloved dogs Moose and Gibson.

Bottom line: Solid café offering with a few twists.

Best tip: Try Moose and Gibson during the day as a café or at night as a bar and live music.
Moose and Gibson, 77 Jurgens St, Woolloongabba

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK paid for lunch.

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