In December last year, among a saturated and highly competitive dining scene, the reputable Brisbane restaurant, One Eleven, closed its doors. But we hardly had time to dry our eyes before we saw a husband and wife team who have built a solid reputation as successful restaurateurs snap up the coveted space.
Former Wallaby captain George Gregan and his wife Erica run GG Espresso, boasting a portfolio of 20 espresso and wines bars across Sydney. They aim to offer a different style of dining to previous 111 tenant Phillip Johnson, hoping to become a ‘local’ for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the same casual yet high-quality flair they’ve become famous for.
This priority is clear as soon as you sit down. The wait staff are attentive and the menu is cheap with a breakfast and coffee available for just over 10 bucks. We indulged a little more however… The ‘Healthy Breakfast’, of soft-boiled egg, fluffy ricotta, roma tomato, avocado, rocket and soy quinoa toast, is certainly a guilt-free way to start your day. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, the ‘Baked Eggs’ have a real kick with flavours of tomato, chorizo and dukkah.
I’m not normally one to order what is essentially cereal at a restaurant, but the ‘Jepps Muesli’ with an assortment of stewed seasonal fruit is so light and flavoursome I’d definitely go back for more. It seems they are well on their way to becoming an evening favourite also. A main will set you back somewhere between 18 to 29 dollars, with generous share boards available for under 50. Or if you’re in the mood for grazing, tapas is an easy choice. You’ll find boutique beers on tap and 25 wines by the glass, as well as full-bodied Allpress coffee and a modest selection of sweet treats.
The Gregans certainly have their work cut out for them heading into a struggling market, but it seems their passion for good food and good service will lend quite nicely to their newest venture.