Queenies Lunch Room

There’s little traffic on this quiet inner city backstreet on a Saturday. The pretty ivy clad walls a striking contrast to the multi-storied building next door. On a gorgeous summer day when the sun warms the paved terrace or sidewalk, grab a stool and sit, chat and relax.

It’s a cool autumn day so inside tables beckon.  Mid afternoon, expecting the place to be bustling and tables crowded, it was surprisingly deserted.  The welcoming staff told me the lunch crowd had just gone but the kitchen was still open – until 2:30pm each day.

Enjoying the tranquillity after weeks of hustle and bustle (that’s a whole different topic) I ordered a haloumi and caramelised peach salad.  A delightfully refreshing salad of pan-fried haloumi, pear and orange (no peach today) topped a bed of pickled red onions, macadamias, mint and rocket. With a light dressing, crunchy nuts and crisp greens it was the perfect balance of textures.

The silence didn’t last. People arrived not long after for afternoon tea and coffee.  The place was buzzing again, just like I remembered.

With all the talk about the latest cafe opening and must see or be seen places to go, sometimes it is fun to visit an old favourite.  Next time, I might just be tempted by one of those meringues too.

For menu, opening hours and location visit: Queenies