Brisbane’s love affair with South American cuisine continues as Shady Palm’s opens their cafe, restaurant and 2 bars in Stones Corner.
Highlights: Gluten free and vegan options | Neo-tapas share plates | Craft beers | Hipster friendly environment.
Price Range: $$/$$$ ($5-14.5 Breakfast or $4-14 All Day Menu)
Menu: All Day Menu
Shady Palms is new to Stones Corner but their sister cafe, Lady Marmalade, is not. Their parents (of My Kitchen Rules fame) have expanded their cafe family yet again and produced Shady Palms – like your giant big brother as it’s a cafe… and a restaurant… and two bars. Awesome!
Food is fresh and flavoursome at Shady Palms and self-described as “neo-tapas share plates”. Those wanting a big dinner to fest on may be disappointed as the best element of the All Day Menu is the “sharing is caring” attitude and most meals presented on serving trays… leaving your food vulnerable to your dining companion’s eyes and hands. Beware!
Some of the American highlights on the menu include Subs (choose between New Yawk Meatballs or shredded beef Po Boy), ranch dressed slaw, San Fran salad of smoked chicken w frissee, pickled carrot, roast cherry tomatoes and good old Mac n Cheese as one of the delicious sides.
The South American and Mexican influences on Shady Palms menu comprise of tacos (4 choices, all gluten free), tostaditas w guac, blackbean and corn salsa and braised beef empanadas w chimmichurri. So delicious!
The two bars offer a substantial menu and includes cocktails (in jugs!), boutique ciders and beers. Beers on tap include a range of Burliegh Brewing Co options, the 28 Pale Ale, Hef and Bighead, and other more mainstream favourites such as Stone and Wood and Tiger. They also sport a bottled craft beer collection that would appease even the most demanding beer critic including special one offs like Feral Brewings Hop Hog. If Beer isn’t your thing, Hipsters I’m looking at you, they also offer a vast selection of Ciders and boutique wines.
The decor is eclectic and the atmosphere is quirky. At Shady Palms there are no table numbers, just celebrity photos (Jimi Hendrix looked after us very well), hunting lodge-esq moose-heads and peacocks are on the walls and mini palm trees grow on pot at the tables. Very quirky, homely and relaxing.
The awesome thing about Shady Palms is that you can come for a quick bite to eat, a meal or a casual beverage with friends. There is enough room in the green, palm filled front restaurant to eat or maybe even lounge amongst the vintage mis-matched furniture and lamp shades of the back bar area. And for beautiful sunny Brisbane days you can enjoy the outdoor area which Shady Palms intend to use for “regular film nights, games, DJ’s and more”. Is there anything these guys won’t do?
Brisbane’s food-love affair with the other side of the Pacific Ocean is alive at Shady Palms. It promises to be the hip place for all occasions. We will be back soon to give the Breakfast menu a working over?… if you don’t beat us to it!