Brainwave serves standard cafe options and common Thai dishes. But there’s also a creative and unusual meeting of the two on the menu. Eggs are flavoured with green curry paste, burgers are filled with Thai-style meats and there’s a soft-serve machine churning out Thai-milk-tea gelato.
There are tables outside; a kitchen, coffee counter and a bar on the ground level; and an art-gallery-like sitting room on the upstairs mezzanine, which also has its own lounge area.
For breakfast there’s khao tom (soupy rice porridge) with spinach; hotcakes covered in Thai-style sweet banana and pandan sauce; and the aforementioned green curry omelette which is coated in fried Thai basil and bacon.
For lunch burgers are filled with massaman-flavoured pulled pork, Thai fried chicken or steak and Thai relish. There are hot dogs with green curry and crispy basil or a banh mi-inspired mix of sausage, herbs and pickles. A dish of fettucine is flash fried with Thai peppercorns, basil and drunken pipis.
Next to the coffee (from Canberra roaster Ona), the drinks menu lists Thai-tea lattes, lemon tea; and soft serve flavoured either with Thai tea, coconut pandan or espresso and milk (the latter two are on rotation).
We do not seek or accept payment from the cafes, restaurants, bars and shops listed in the Directory – inclusion is at our discretion. Venue profiles are written by independent freelancers paid by Broadsheet.