That's The Craft & Co. mantra. Recently opened at the end of our street we decided to pop in for lunch. And I love all those things so to find them all under one roof, well it should be Heaven!
It's a huge space with an upstairs retail outlet full of gourmet goodies as well as space to make cheese, charcuterie pizza. And then downstairs is the microbrewery, deli counter and I think even a distillery as well as coffee outlet. There are tables scattered throughout as well as a covered courtyard and some street tables too. Phew - there's definitely a lot going on!
After a browse round, we sat at a table and decided to have some lunch.
Our drinks took a while to arrive and we had to chase them up. I ordered a lemonade that was on the juice menu and I specified that but instead I got the organic Hepburn Springs lemonade so I think the wait staff need to know what's on the vast menu a bit better. Steve enjoyed his beer though even though it was late and there was no apology.
My pet hate with service is when the diner asks a member of the wait staff to look into the delay and off they happily go but then they never report back. I think it's important to provide an update even if the dishes are seconds away. And yes my pet hate happened here...
Anyway onto the food:
- Moreton Bay School Prawns - Fried Crispy, Sumac Salt, Aioli
- The Craft & Co Chorizo - Served Soft, Fired on Grappa, Paprika
- Free Range Chicken - Brined in Whey, Fire Roasted, Pearl Barley Salad
- Steak Sandwich - Robbins Island 9+ Wagyu, Fermented Beetroot, Onions, Cheddar, Stone Cooked Ciabatta
Onto happier matters; the chicken was delicious and a good serving size. The barley salad was also tasty with a sharp vinaigrette and the grains also soaked up the chicken juices. This is up there in the ranks of good roast chicken.
The steak sandwich looked good. Steve enjoyed it enough but it was heavy on the mustard and the whole thing was a bit sloppy with lots of beetroot and other filling which stopped the steak flavours coming out.
It seems a good place to drop in for a coffee and there's food for all budgets from a $7 panino chosen from the enticing items at the deli to the 30 something dollar chicken.
It wasn't an immediate hit for for me because of the hiccups in service and although it all looks shiny and new, it felt a bit flat. Almost too relaxing; no buzz and that might be because it's so big so although there were customers and diners floating about, it still felt a bit empty.
Definitely an interesting place but it hasn't triggered the love in me yet. I still need to be wooed and courted to come to the party!