Food with heart at The Servery in Woolloongabba | News.com.au
A WINK and a nod. A scratch of the nose and maybe even a secret handshake might have done the trick a month or two ago.
Until now, if you didn’t know about Pearl Cafe’s in-the-kitchen diner upstairs or if you didn’t “like” it on Facebook then you probably weren’t on the list.
Now the secret is out, and Daniel Lewis and his gang of savvy operators have the whole formula working smoothly.
The idea is you sit around the chef’s kitchen bench (a fabulous slab of honed, pre-loved marble), lethal meat slicers nearby, bottles of wine uncorked for trying, platters of cured meats at the ready, and graze and chat and sip and chill.
And watch whatever fresh produce spilling out from baskets, bowls and crates be transformed into a something simple, honest and worthy.
That’s The Servery, an intimate little nest of space with more patina on its brick, and copper and timber surfaces than a Dordogne kitchen, and with as much warmth and personality.
We perch on high bentwood stools while the charming sommelier talks us through a few wines by the glass.
Meanwhile, a platter of jamon arrives with relish made in-house, then a fabulous pile of runny French cheeses, baguettes and giant bowls of cheese-laden parsnip soup.