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HOT: Flamingo Cafe, 5B Winn Street, Fortitude Valley

Today we have a guest post from Jetsetting Mum, order making a trip to the Valley to try Flamingo Cafe.

Tucked in an alley on the short Winn Street is the shop-front and the alfresco section of Flamingo Cafe. As the name implies, the place is bold and colourful, full of character. There is no free parking on site or nearby (only metre-parking on McLachlan Street), yet there is no shortage of patrons who manages to find their way there.

The reason for this is simple—good and well-priced food.

I found out that one of the owners of Flamingo Cafe used to operate the small and funky yet extremely busy Yoyomama on Methyr Road. Jettsetting Dad and I liked to go there until there was a change of ownership, then the business declined and eventually folded….

Now back to Flamingo Cafe. It is again small and funky and true to its name, the inside and outside walls have cute cartoon flamingos and palm trees drawn on them. The all-day menu offers a list of interesting, uncommon dishes which can make decisions difficult.

JD and I decided to share two bread dishes. The Rayner’s Ham Apple Coleslaw Spinach Swiss cheese on Rye ($10.00) arrived on a small timber chop-board lined with a white sandwich bag, a  presentation which I found quite creative. Between the toasted rye were thick pieces of ham, slightly crunchy red cabbage coleslaw (I didn’t seem to detect any apple), melted cheese and a generous lashing of wholegrain mustard resulting in a good blend of sweetness and saltiness in taste.

The Labna Avocado Tomato Lemon salt Pepper Toast Topper ($8.50) was a winner. Labna is a smooth creamy yogurt cheese (a low fat alternative to cream cheese). The combination of the ingredients on the toast is absolutely gorgeous in terms of colours, freshness and texture. The basil leaves were so fresh as if they were just picked from the garden. The thick slice of multigrain bread smelled toasty and tasted delicious. Where did they get this bread from?

Despite being quite full, we were tempted to try the home-made Vanilla Slice ($6.50) for dessert. Much to my liking, it was served warm with a big scoop of double cream on the side. The Slice was unremarkable in appearance but definitely remarkable in flavour and texture. It was creamy and smooth without being overly rich. The double cream simply added extra decadence to the enjoyment (calories count had been thrown out of the window on this occasion).

While Flamingo Cafe may be quirky and unconventional in its set-up, it is certainly serious in its quality and preparation of food. Highly recommended!

  • Flamingo Cafe, 5B Winn Street, Fortitude Valley +61 7 3252 7557

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