It was a serious hand injury and some subsequent time off travelling that led Jimmy Williams to give up a career cooking in Melbourne fine diners, pack his bags and head for Brisbane and a fresh start.

The result is The Brunswick Project, which opened in New Farm In August. Moving into an old Queenslander cottage on Brunswick Street previously occupied by The Long Road, Williams has lightened the interiors with a crisp, white paint job, wooden highlights and hanging planters. It’s created a bright, airy and inviting venue. Williams is most pleased with the cafe’s enormous front deck.

The focus on keeping things personable and approachable is captured in a refreshingly simple menu revolving around the humble bacon and eggs. Special mention goes to a childhood classic – soft-boiled eggs with Vegemite soldiers.

Coffee is by Melbourne’s Rosso Roasting Co, with which Williams has a previous relationship. Cold drip will be going year round, set out on the big communal table in the middle of the space.

The Brunswick Project is licensed, so it can handle boozy brunches and lengthy afternoon sit-ins. A selection of wine on tap is offered, along with beers by Stone & Wood.

Updated: August 5th, 2019

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