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Great place for a Sunday lunch, nice food and friendly staff
friendly staff, great choice of food, welcoming relaxed atmosphere, convenient location
Great bacon and egg breakfast and the kids chocolate and caramel milkshakes were delicious! Our dog loved sitting under the table in the courtyard too!
I'm allergic to gluten and casein (dairy protein). My experience at Sassafras made me want to move to Paddington. The front counter and chef were completely receptive to me allergies and the food was delicious. I had a big brekky. The best I have had regardless. I feel very nervous when I eat out. Our next meeting will be there.
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!
It was great food, good sized platefuls, very tasty. Son INHALED the honey and lime prawns fettucini. Hubby had the salmon, loved it too. Daughter and I had the pulled pork and bacon with fries, great as a starter to share, not so much as a meal. The menu is compact but varied, something for all of us. Are looking forward to having breakfast there another day. And taste tested the blueberry yoghurt cake - that will be a winner when it hits the menu.
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.
I was very glad I booked a table in advance as this was clearly a very popular place for Sunday morning. In spite of the number of people present we had a sense of privacy at our table in the shade in the back courtyard. The staff were really friendly, cheerful and responsive without hovering, and the breakfast was delicious. The cold brew coffee was perfect for a warm Brisbane morning. A very relaxed atmosphere.
Sassafras cafe is situated in a lovely old Queenslander with eating available in a private, shady backyard. Dogs are welcome. Good variety, fresh produce and all meaks were served at the same time! Staff are lovely and very accommodating. Tip: eating outside is a little quieter than inside. It can be cold outside but they do have outdoor heating.
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.