Vue Lounge, New Farm
Cafe Stop no.5 for 2012, here I come! This was actually my second visit to Vue Lounge. The first time I came here was during my birthday this year, but because it was a public holiday, the cafe was packed and we had to wait for a total of 40 mins before we could sit. They did not allow prior table bookings on public holidays. Being a typical Singaporean, I figured that the crowd should mean that this place is awesome, and it should be worth the wait. And both my visits proved that theory to be right! During the first visit, we were a little rushed because other people were waiting for seats as well… I thought Vue deserved a second chance, so I decided to catch up with a couple of girlfriends over lunch at Vue yesterday.
Vue has a feel of a cafe cum Bistro style, which probably explain why they are much larger than normal cafes and they are opened for dinners from Tuesdays-Saturdays, which is a highly rare characteristics for many cafes in Brisbane. Although I prefer cafes with bright, pretty, wood-like interior design, I have to say Vue’s interior does look more professional with their dim-lightings brown walls, which would be perfect for an evening dine in. Service was great, friendly staff who remembered our orders without jotting any of them down. They didn’t sound local, very nice accent, sounds British! I am sucker for the British accent.
Now…the food! What I love about this cafe, they serve their breakfast menu until 2.30pm! So if you come for lunch, you will be spoilt for choices with both their lunch and breakfast menu. I hope by now, you all would have realised I am a food lover, both cooking and eating. Food plays a very huge role on whether I like a cafe or not, I have to say, all 4 of us enjoyed our dishes. The best thing about eating with friends is that everyone can order different dishes and taste all of them. The cost ranges from $16-$22 for their meals, I reckon, the more you pay, the better you get.
Top left: Lamb Ragout Pasta ($16.90), it was alright, nothing too special about it, but it is one of the cheapest on the menu. Bottom left: Crumbled pork belly with poached eggs and spinach ($18.90) – a personal favourite of mine, had this on my birthday and absolutely loved it. Top right: Beef Bourguignon ($21.90) – for those of you who watched the movie Julie & Julia would know this dish well, I liked that movie because it has to do with food and blogging. This is one of Julia Child’s recipe, when we saw it on the menu, we went absolutely nuts and insisted that one of us had to order it, my housemate wants to try to cook it from the Julia’s original recipe – it will take hours!! Good luck to her! Bottom right: Smoked salmon served zucchini fritters, poached eggs and roasted tomatoes ($17.90), I ordered this. The poached eggs were cooked to perfection, with the yoke still flowing out when you take a bite of it, and they had this special sauce, I have no idea what it is, but it was fantastic. The prices are a rough estimate from my memory.
A final thing to add, of all the cafes I have visited (not that I have been to many yet), Vue serves the best iced chocolate I have ever tasted! Little whipped cream (I don’t really like whipped cream, but this one was not too bad), a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream, delicious shake and top it all off, chocolate shavings to perfect this masterpiece! I would come back just for their iced chocolate