My list of suburbs or areas does not really include Woolloongabba but I thought I could break my own rules for Crosstown and yay I was right! I had never been to that part of Logan Rd before – it’s a great little blocked off street, full of antique shops plus 4 or so restaurants in between.
Crosstown is a converted house (a very well converted house) in the middle of the strip. You can see the different rooms as you enter, which are filled with tables for 7 or 8 people. We got there at around 6.30 and got seated on one of the large tables next to the bar. It is set up to be able to hold a couple of little groups per table. I really liked the fact that we were by the window and could look at the street lighting up (love the lampshade street lights).
The menu is made up of a mix of small and middle sized plates and the aim is to share everything which is really my perfect meal. We ordered two glasses of Kirin Ichiban (on tap) whilst we debated the food.
We started with some pate which came out with croutons and a small pot of pickles which really complemented the pate. Next came the Truffled Sausage with polenta and jus – it was one of the curled sausages surrounded by the polenta. We also ordered the bocconcini, basil and tomato; the lamb cutlet and minted yoghurt and a side of bread and butter.
Our initial question was how much we needed to order and the waiter suggest two meat dishes and one or two sides, which I guess we kind of did. Next time I might get two cutlets instead of the bread however it was nice to have something to dip into all of the plates.
We ended the meal with the vanilla panacotta which came out with a nice layer of chocolate and two espressos. The whole meal rounded up to $90 between two people – around 50 or so for the mains and the rest spread amongst the beer, dessert, coffee and starters. Well priced really as we could have eaten less but I was curious and wanted to try more!
It is worth noting that they do not take reservations but the place is relatively big so take the chance.
The service was perfect and the waiter answered all our questions very well. There are plenty of other dishes I would like to try so I would not hesitate to go back and would take a couple of friends next time as it lends itself to lots of sharing. 5 stars!
Bare Essentials: Gourmet type pub food
A: 23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
T: 07 3162 3839
Wed-Sat: 12.00 – midnight