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NOT: Sticks Restaurant – Chalk Hotel, 735 Stanley St, Woolloongabba

Many a seedy yet fun-filled night has been spent at Chalk Hotel, doctor cutting a serious rug upstairs over a fruit tingle or two.  So it was a totally new perspective to visit Chalk in the harsh light of day and sit for a morning meal at Sticks, knowing full well what sins would have occurred on the premises less than 6 hours earlier.

Upon arrival at Sticks for a Sunday breakfast with MM’s family, we were greeted by friendly wait and pretty much had our pick of the floor as there were very few diners (hmmm….alarm bells ringing?!).

The waiter took our coffee orders immediately but instead of writing down the 6 items, he insisted he’d be ok to remember them all.  Needless to say, a few of us were drinking flat whites instead of lattes.  No big deal I guess, but for most people the first coffee of the day is kind of important…

As we mulled over the Sticks menu, which involved the usual suspects plus some nice variations, only another two or three small parties took a seat to try the Sticks breakfast.  Knowing this, it greatly troubled me that it took the waiter 20minutes to take our order.  I was about to take it upon myself to present our orders on a napkin to the kitchen, when a waiter scrambled his way to our table, full of apologies.

Unfortunately things didn’t get much better from there.  As the clocked ticked on past another 20 minute wait for our food, we didn’t even get offered more coffees or drinks.  The empty cups from the first and only round of coffees we were offered were still taking up space on our table.  Good thing MM’s family enjoys each others’ company, we certainly exercised our vocal chords in the absence of food.

Finally the meals arrived (after I had just chewed my left arm off) and to the kitchen’s credit the meals were presented well and tasted pretty good too.  I suspect they sat under the warmers for a while before being brought to us, however overall they were well done.

JAG’s breakfast pizza ($16.00) with bacon, egg, avocado and tomato salsa looked great and although a little dry and crispy round the edges he was pretty happy with it.

Chook’s omelette ($14) with chorizo and haloumi looked a little on the small side, but she gave it a thumbs up.

MM as usual had the poached eggs and bacon ($16) and I had the field mushrooms with poached eggs, hash brown, haloumi and hollandaise sauce ($18).

The banana pancakes ($12) with maple syrup and maple ice cream were too doughy and sweet for KF, she only managed to pick her way through one of them before going into a sugar induced coma.

We wrapped things up pretty quickly; we had after all exhausted ourselves of all conversation while waiting for our meals.  And while the food was probably a 7 out of 10, the poor service and attention we received well and truly overshadowed the quality of the food and I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

  • Sticks Restaurant – Chalk Hotel, 735 Stanley St, Woolloongabba +61 7 3896 6565
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