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NOT: Shingle Inn Brisbane Square, Cnr Queen & George St, Brisbane

As a Brisbane icon and one of those places my Grandmother loved to visit, ambulance it pains me a little to post a not-so-glowing review about my recent morning tea at Shingle Inn Brisbane Square.

I’m not much of a cake person, online in fact I’d much prefer a fatty, nurse savory, pastry-based baked good over a sugary treat for my morning snack with coffee (unfortunately scoffing a sausage roll isn’t the best look in customer meetings), but I know a good cake when I taste one.

Shingle Inn is famous for their patty cakes, which I must admit look absolutely de vine in the shop window, but on the palate they didn’t impress.  I chose the chocolate patty cake with chocolate icing, while my 2 fellow cake-goers chose the lemon meringue patty cake and a scone with jam and cream.

My patty cake was dry and crumbly and the chocolate icing tasted like it belonged on yesterday’s cakes.  D was impressed by her lemon meringue icing, but the cake portion was also dried out.  On a positive note, Princess’ super sized, Lady Flo-inspired scone was pretty damn tasty and she had to ask for a doggie bag because it was too big to finish in one sitting!

The girls both had pots of English Breakfast Tea to accompany their treats and seemed to enjoy them, sipping away with smiles on their faces.  My cappuccino however was slightly burnt and had no fluffy, milky crèma to scoop off the top, which was such a shame because the surroundings at Shingle Inn are so pleasant, I really could have settled in for another round.

  • Shingle Inn Brisbane Square, Cnr Queen & George St, Brisbane, +61 7 3211 8844
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