|looking inside from the deck|
Hubby and I headed here for lunch not long after it had opened. Ever keen to find a great milkshake, Mr P. had a strawberry one (surprise!), while I went for an iced mocha. Sadly his drink was not icy cold like a good milkshake should be, but mine had lots of ice to cool it down, and a good flavour.
|strawberry milkshake $5|
|iced mocha $5|
I went for the steak sandwich special of the day, while hubby chose the slow cooked garlic mushrooms. I loved the toasted Turkish bread topped with seeds, but the steak oddly was cooked rare-ish and yet it was very hard to chew. Sadly I left quite a bit of the meat on the plate. The chips were fabulous though - crispy outside, soft inside. The accompanying aioli was thick and lush but had little (no?) garlic that we could discern. I wish that cafés would trust the eater with that wonderful rich garlic flavour, but I guess it's not to be. Maybe they could serve aioli and aioli lite? :-) The onion jam however had a good sweetness, which went well with the steak.
|steak sandwich special of the day $25|
Mr P.'s mushroom dish with asparagus was a winner. The seared asparagus was a bit crunchy still (a good thing), the polenta chips were golden and crunchy on the outside, with a soft centre. The tangy mushrooms came with a truffle cream and slow-cooked garlic. He was a happy man.
|garlic mushrooms $20|
Hubby couldn't resist some chips for himself, so he ordered a side of golden, crunchy chips with that (sorry to say) bland aioli. He hoovered them down without a problem though.
|chips with aioli $6|
Friends just happened to be lunching at a restaurant next door so they stopped by to say hi. Miss M. grabbed herself a takeaway coffee; the beans for which come from Bear Bones in Fortitude Valley, a nearby coffee roasting house.
|$4 or $5? - I didn't ask her :-)|
|casual array of cutlery and paper napkins|
I tootled down there again for lunch a few weeks later, with my blogging friend Sandra (yes, she of the coconut candy fame.) I chose a replenishing Blood Bank, made on betroots, ginger, cucumber, lime and green apple. It tasted earthy and fresh, but as it came out of a bottle, it was not quite as fresh as I'd hoped. I had assumed they would juice it freshly in-house - my bad.
|Blood Bank $7|
Sandra's iced coffee was icy and made of coffee, so all good.:-)
|iced coffee $5|
I ordered the potato and leek hash, which came with Bangalow pancetta and poached organic eggs. I added mushrooms for $4 extra. The pancetta was crispy, and the mushrooms were plentiful. I enjoyed the potato hash, though it was more like mashed potato than the grated potato I always assume it should be. (Is it just me, or is $19 a fair whack for that hash without the added mushies?)
|potato and leek hash $19 with mushrooms +$4|
Sandra chose the Reuben but asked for a white bread rather than the rye bread on the menu. They were happy to oblige. It's filled with pulled corned beef, Russian dressing and sauerkraut. And cheese (?) by the look of it. It was thick and chunky, and she was happy with this one.
|Reuben sanga $17|
All in all, we had a pleasant and relaxing lunch. And I am planning to go back to try the Eggs Benny and the corn fritters. I would love to see freshly-made juices, (and icy cold milkshakes), but in the main, Huskk is a fine addition to the local food scene. They are open daily for breakfast and lunch.
|looking out to the side deck|
8 Days Rd., Grange 4051
Ph: 07 3356 7702
Open 7 days a week