After eight years in Camp Hill, brunch favourite Picnic Cafe has expanded to West End. The team, who also own Graceville spot Goodness Gracious, have opened their biggest venue yet – a 95-seater – in the suburb’s West Village precinct.
It’s proved so popular, even among regulars from Camp Hill and Graceville, that there’s been a 45-odd-minute wait every weekend since launching in late September. “We hadn’t actually promoted it ourselves yet, but plenty of people have come in and taken photos and tagged us, so I think that kind of speaks for itself. We’re pretty lucky,” says manager Celeste Varallo.
The menu – helmed by head chef Daniel Choi, who was most recently at Graceville’s Plentiful – leans heavily on Asian influences. A crowd favourite so far is the Wagyu Scotch egg accompanied by a pickle salad and kimchi-inspired dressing. Other must-tries include the pork-bulgogi benny, served on a sweet potato croquette, as well as fluffy cream-cheese pancakes, with berry compote and pistachio praline.
For the afternoon crowd, lunch options and bar snacks include patatas bravas, Korean fried chicken, udon noodles with brisket and tiger prawns, and a 25-spice fried-chicken burger.
Picnic Camp Hill is renowned for its vibrant smoothies, so the team took it a step further at West End with a wide range of signature cocktails available from 10.30am. There’s a Biscoff Martini with milk, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, biscoff spread and lotus cookie crumbs topped with whipped cream, plus a Lavender Lady (made with lavender syrup, blueberries and vodka), Pretty in Pink (pink gin, prosecco and pomegranate) and more.
Other drink options include mocktails, wines, beers from Heads of Noosa and Lost Palms, and, yes, those smoothies. Coffee is from Paradox Coffee Roasters, with espresso, cold drip and batch brew available.
With natural light streaming through the cafe’s many windows, the space is bright and airy. The interior, brought to life by Clui Design, is a soothing mixture of neutral colours and materials with sage accents, set off by a neon “Picnic” sign on a back wall.
Come summer, Picnic hopes to live up to its name by offering takeaway picnic boxes that diners can enjoy in the leafy garden surrounds of West Village.
111 Boundary Street, West End