King Arthur Café, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: King Arthur Café, Brisbane.

The recent arrival of this quirky café, located off chic James St shows just how far Brisbane's coffee scene has travelled since the 'cuppucino' Dark Ages. It's a second venture for the team behind South Brisbane's Merriweather Café and the menu here also favours specialty coffee, featuring the best of local and sustainable produce. At breakfast you'll find the likes of charcoal-grilled pilchards with preserved lemon, say on Sprout Artisan Bakery sourdough toast, shoulder-to-shoulder with springy house-made sourdough crumpets paired with a chunky rhubarb compote and a scatter of crisp honeycomb crumble. Scope out daily sweet treats - fat sugar-dusted jam-filled doughnuts perhaps, or a wedge of gluten-free almond nutmeg cake - or grab a doorstop-style sandwich from the glass cabinet. We recommend the well-filled house-smoked fish and cucumber number on sourdough mixed grain. King Arthur's interiors are as unfussy and appealing as its menu. Upstairs, tucked beneath a distinctive curved ceiling, is a cute mezzanine level decked out with the same white walls, fresh blooms, simple tables and stools as the L-shaped downstairs. Let it reign.

King Arthur Café, 164C Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3358 1670

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