One of the great joys of modern Australian food is that it takes in influences from all over the world, from all the communities that make up the country today, and the flavours that waves and waves of migrants have brought with them. At Sassafras Canteen on Latrobe Terrace, just a short walk from Lang Park in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington, you can taste them all. Arrive in the morning – or before 2pm, at least – for a proper Aussie breakfast: eggs, bacon and sausage, avocado on toast and plenty more, and later visitors can try the salt & pepper squid, ale-braised pork belly or Thai-inspired red duck curry. Evening visitors will not be disappointed either, as they will be met not only by a menu, but also a range of craft beers, cider, Australian and international wines and soft drinks. Book a table and take a trip out to Sassafras Canteen – close to Paddington Central Shopping Centre on Latrobe Terrace – for a great Aussie feed in the heart of Brisbane.
Great food and coffee. Beautiful courtyard. Extra friendly service. And a resident lizard who is spectacular and fun to watch. Will come back for a drink and to try a main next time.
Great service and a wide range of high quality food - lovely garden environment outside and the staff are so helpful and pleasant to deal with. I would go back anytime.
Fabulous breakfast and lunch (Loved the long morning breakfast option) with friends in the garden out the back, great food and lovely service, even thought they were super busy on a Saturday morning.
Breakfast was amazing! Sitting outside was really peaceful and the service was pretty good. Would like to come for Dinner one night, the atmosphere is pretty chilled.
I have been going to Sassafras for many years, so I already know it is a great place, although it has recently undergone significant changes (by becoming licenced and changing to a somewhat a la carte menu), rather than a refrigerator of full of gorgeous salads, pies, etc. As it is opposite Paddington Central Shopping Centre, it is a very convenient location. Sassafras has always seemed to be a place that is convivial and somewhat funky without trying to be trendy, "edgy", and/or pandering to artsy-fartsy cutting edge wannabes. Comfortable, homey, and unpretentious without excessive stainless steel, large bottles of marinating peppers, band posters, and artificial flowers, hence (IMO) it attracts a wide range of clientele and ages, ranging from gossiping grandparents and retirees to young mothers with baby carriages to single Wi-Fi Warriors. Staff is always friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, and willing to help unusual requests (like serving a brought in birthday cake), which is nice. Peter (the proprietor) regularly seems to be around, so it becomes a very personable experience for regulars who have met him; I organised a "Social group gathering" there, knowing it could not be a bad location, although in this case, I did not see the ginger tomcat or wild turkeys wandering through the back yard, completely at home... The only comments or criticism I can make is that: a) The newly installed outdoor black shade sails are too low, absorb heat, and refract it downwards (are they white on top?). They probably need a few post attached rotating fans to blow out the layers of heated air, because due to the surrounding hedges and fences, the standing air cannot move, and won't escape upwards (no heat differential with the atmosphere); b) Despite the high ceilings (probably due to it being an old wooden house), internally, it can become quite hot, especially with the kitchen in close proximity to tables. The internal walls also prevent air flow, so at some stage, roof "whirlybirds", hot air extraction ducting, roof insulation, or upgrading the A/C to more powerful units might be worth considering. All in all, definitely my favourite local "Coffee Canteen/Bistro" and hangout. I'll still be coming regularly!
I was there for breakfast and had the eggs benedict with bacon and the other order was the rib fillet steak sandwich. Both were cooked to perfection and were served in a timely manner. The wait staff are great and friendly. The place has a wonderful relaxed atmosphere. Does not matter what time of the day you come here, the food can be relied on to be great.
Food was great but they were exceptionally busy (good sign of course) but very understaffed, with strain showing on waiting staff who were virtually running, but doing a good job; they struggled to clean tables were patrons left to make way for new customers. Maybe it was an unexpected lunch time and they got caught out. Keep this in mind if you are expecting a quick lunch like I was. However, no complaints about the food or value or ambience on outside deck.
We have been to Sassafras on several occasions (breakfast & lunch) and have never been disappointed. The service is prompt and friendly with a great menu selection and the meals are great quality. Excellent coffee! Cool surroundings - we particularly like the external courtyard area. Can get busy so make a booking to avoid disappointment.
Sassafras Canteen was great, staff are friendly and the food is awesome, great ambience and dog friendly from what I could see. Will go again.
Big servings & very tasty. I had the Salmon Eggs Benedict with a side of tomatoes & whole mushrooms. Good coffee & friendly staff. Sat in a leafy courtyard, quite warm, however fans were eventually put on.