There's always something that surprises when I walk into Cockadoodle Cafe on Enoggera Terrace at Red Hill.
Today it was a life size (although on the small side) stuffed crocodile guarding a reserved table. All Aussie kids know 'Never smile at a crocodile' but it was all too hard today.
Apart from the quirky decor which includes an assorted 'hens and roosters' made from all types of materials, this cafe also has a great indoor garden feel enhanced by some hanging plants, of which I'm very envious, and colourful whirly gigs.
All decor aside, the food here is good too with some extra twists, like a choice of light or dark shaved chocolate on your cappucino, that just make dining a pleasure. They've been offering the chocolate option for a month now and reports are that it's very popular.
Our mission was breakast and, although intrigued by the concept of a Argentian-influenced Choripan Special, we stayed on the straight and narrow with simple, lower fat and calorie options. Sometimes I feel a little cheated when I choose healthier options but today I broke out with a side of bacon ($4.50) with my two poached eggs on sour dough ($9.80) which was thick and cooked just the way I like it (well done but not too crisp).
K2 enjoyed his house-made savoury mince ($11.80) but was looking for more than one piece of the nicely thick cut sour dough toast that came on the plate.
By the way, breakfast is available all day here on Sundays.
Apart from the Choripan special, it's a fairly standard brekkie menu which is a good fit in this inner city/suburban location.
And while you are there, do head into Botanica and check out their amazing salads and beautiful cakes and biscuits. There are also a couple of quiche type things in the cabinet.
Also heads up for chocolate lovers, Coverture & Co is opening just up the road. The owners of this new venture are ex Bittersweet at The Barracks staff so expectations are high.
Bottom line: Great to experiment with different choc shavings on your coffee
Best tip: Pick up a salad and cupcakes from Botanica.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK paid for this meal