For over a decade respected young chef and restaurateur Brent Farrell poured his heart and soul into Toowong’s 85 Miskin St (formerly Brent’s The Dining Experience). Then he and partner Kylie Hawkins paired it with Slack’s Track – a 30-seat breakfast and lunch stop.
The name conjures local history. Before 1864, Logan Road was known as Slack’s Track, the Slack family using the rolling thoroughfare to drive cattle south from Brisbane to their property on Logan River.
The cafe’s fit-out conjures this dusty past too: the space is dotted with ancient suitcases, billy kettles and tools, neatly offsetting the crisp modernity of white tiles and painted cement floors.
They’re cute touches but it’s the menu where Slack’s Track makes its mark. Farrell’s mastery of French cooking has long been prized by 85 Miskin St regulars. He brings that same expertise to bear on Slack’s Track, but with the creativity demanded by an open, minimal kitchen of just a hot plate, grill and sous-vide slow cooker.
For all-day breakfast there are traditional poached eggs, but served with tomato and capsicum relish and Danish fetta on sourdough. Preserved truffle and grilled three-cheese-on-toast is beyond simple, but its rich decadence will immediately have you convinced.
Lunch options are heartier: think beef cheek sandwiches, glazed lamb shoulders and mushroom cappuccinos with crusted loaf.
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