Putia, Banyo

Banyo, on Brisbane's northside, is not a suburb normally known for it's cuisine which makes the unusually named Putia even more of a stand out venue.

Definitely worth the drive, Putia is chef Dominique Rizzo's new food passion with a menu that titilates with its ingredients. Think stuffed mushrooms with quinoa, walnuts, feta and a lemon crumble topped with tahini sauce or thin spelt crepes with orange scented ricotta and berries.

With her roots deeply enmeshed in organic food, Rizzo has included plenty of healthy palate pleasers balanced by the occasional little bit of naughtiness, such as vanilla bean gelato for breakfast.

There's local stars including Barambah Organic and Gympie free range bacon, combined with Italian sausages and Pepe Saya's amazing cultured butter. Vegetarian and gluten free selections also feature prominently on the menu.

Breakfast options include filling meals and a good selection of lighter options include petite versions and granola.

Rizzo's goal at Putia is to showcase the best free range and sustainable local produce from across Queensland which is certainly reflected in the menu.

Wondering about the name? Put is an old Sicilian word for local store or a little shop selling food and wine and household items. It's a direct link to Rizzo's Sicilian heritage. The cafe has a small selection of food related goods for purchase as well.

Designed as a cooking school as well as cafe, there are hot plates front and centre flanked by tables ready for eager students or hungry diners.

Located on a corner opposite the Banyo railway station, the cafe's outdoor area is shaded by a large poinciana tree.  There's also dog-friendly seating available so you can take your favourite pooch for a meal.

Best tip: Try a  Banana Sunday blended juice and enjoy a delicious mix of banana, cinnamon, raw cashews, chai tea syrup and coconut yoghurt.
Bottom line: Breakfast prices range from $9 to $23 for the Big Banyo breakfast.

Kerry Heaney


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