Helping Brisbanites find the perfect food-fix
A Facebook status update made by my Paddington-pal on Good Friday induced a number of comments from his friends, including one from a girl who opted for Eurovida for breakfast that day. A browse through their online menu had me optimistic so I made a plan to visit them in Paddington in the near future. With a new foodie-friend in tow, we chose an outside table on a sunny Wednesday for our morning fuel.
The breakfast menu looks good and it covers all bases, making choosing easy and satisfying. The lunch menu however, looks a little limiting with only one vegetarian option – a salad. The quality of the food also seems to depend on your order. The eggs benedict + bacon was accompanied by a fair drizzle of olive oil which meant oil-overload and a heavy stomach. The side of halloumi was also dry and a little burnt. Opt for the sweet corn cakes with avocado, tomato & lemon ricotta in support of Eurovida’s slogan ‘fresh, simple and seasonal’ and an overall better choice.
After living in Europe, the decor did not instantly bring me back to my Euro-days but there are definitely modern-chic elements which also resemble their clientele. A darkened interior of black granite and marble depicts a business-professional atmosphere whilst the outside front terrace, French motif wall paper and large silver framed mirrors give the impression of ladies-a-lunching (both types were on display that morning).
The service is not altogether friendly. The staff here don’t really seem to choose their attitude when coming to work and if you’ve caught your waitress on a bad day, don’t be surprised if you’re greeted with an unwelcoming frown and a few poorly chosen words. It does seem to depend on who you get though.
This is the kind of place I would take my mum for lunch (and have). Although I was very much underwhelmed, Eurovida is modern, clean and mature. They are also open for dinner, drinks and cocktails on weekends.
$ food: breakfast $6-$18 & sides $3-$5; starters $6-$10; lunch $12-$24
$ beverages: coffee & tea $3-$5; juice $3.50-$6; iced $5-$6.50; soft drink $3.50-$5
$ alcohol: wine $5-$12; beer $5-$8; cider $7; spirits & cocktails ask your waiter
Good for: taking your mum.. for a business meeting
Yum: Sweet corn cakes & lemon ricotta, apple & mint juice
My tastebuds say: not amazing but does the job
My wallet says: not breaking the bank but could find better for the same price, or much better for a little more
Atmosphere: a place for eating, chatting and leaving, not eating, relaxing and gas-bagging
w: http://www.eurovida.com.au/ (website seems to be down) / http://www.facebook.com/eurovida
p: +61 7 3367 8816
a: Corner Given Tce & Guthrie St, Paddington (next to Anouk)
ot: mon-wed, sun 0700-1500; thu-sat 0700-2200
how do i get here?: http://jp.translink.com.au/
Date of Visit: Wednesday 18/04/2012
Written: Sunday 29/04/2012
Revisited: Monday 18/06/2012