Pitch and Fork
Whether your sporting history is littered with childhood Best and Fairest ribbons or forged sick notes excusing you from PE, there's something distinctly nostalgic about eating brunch in the middle of a football field.
This is the “Pitch” of Pitch and Fork, a cafe housed in the headquarters of Toowong's Wests Bulldogs rugby team. It’s the second venture from Kim Malouf, the mind behind Toowong institution The Corner Store Cafe, located less than a kilometre up the road. The space is open, sunny and largely unadorned, looking across the grass of the pitch and the park beyond.
The food is generous and produce-driven, equally catering to the light breakfast or long lunch crowd. The day starts with colourful plates of sweet roasted pumpkin and herby chermoula on seeded bread. Or maybe a mountain of apple and cinnamon hotcakes topped with bacon. The lunch menu includes steak frites, Spring Bay mussels and green pea felafels with yoghurt and flatbread.
The cafe is popular with local families and the pickup/dropoff crowd. Kids can enjoy smaller versions of some of Pitch and Fork’s regular menu items, or their own bacon-and-egg roll or fried chicken from the dedicated kids’ menu.
The interior design may be minimalist, but the presentation of the food is striking and vibrant, thanks both to the kitchen and the beautiful, weighty clay crockery. While handmade ceramics are often prohibitively expensive for small cafes, these were made at mate’s rates by one of The Corner's kitchen hands with rustic good taste and care.
The coffee is from local roaster Parallel, with two kinds of filter and a sweetened or unsweetened cold drip available. There’s also a kids’ drink menu, plus juices, smoothies and organic fairtrade tea.