Wild Canary, Brookfield

You don't get much more local at a restaurant than produce that is grown in the same Brisbane suburb.

Yes, suburb!

Avocados grown in Upper Brookfield, which is home to the Brookfield Garden Centre and Wild Canary Bistro, are just some of the local Brisbane delights used here. Chef Glen Barratt likes to work with the few  remaining productive agricultural properties in the Brookfield area which is located on the outskirts of Brisbane. 

There's also some top regional picks including Mt Tamborine rhubarb, Yatala mushrooms, Adams smoked bacon, Barambah Organics yoghurt and Woombye Cheese Co Persian feta.

The verdant veggie garden with over 40 types of edible herbs, roots, spices, leafy greens and culinary flowers, which visitors pass to enter the premises, is another prime source for the restaurant. It is managed with  The chefs wander through the gardens each morning picking what they need for the day.  It's a great inspiration for the home gardener.  I wish my veggie patch looked like that!

So what did we eat?  Well it was hard to go past the rhubarb rice pudding with cinnamon crumble and the chocolate buttermilk pancakes but I settled on the grilled mushrooms with persian fetta and an oversized spoonful of  brassica cous cous, buckwheat and chard, all with a very generous side of bacon.  K2's Classic breakfast was another triumph.  Adding the bacon to both made for a very large serving which kept me going most of the day.

You can meet one of Wild Canary's producers at a lunch on November 26 where Tim Somes from Eggcettera free range eggs will explain what real free range egg farming is all about.  His girls get the best life ever!

Wild Canary is open seven days for breakfast and lunch from 8.30am to 4pm.

Bottom line: Breakfast prices range from $10 to $22.

Best tip:  Make sure you book for weekend breakfasts or arrive very early as there is limited space for walk ins and it gets very busy.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK paid for the meal.

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