Today we tried out the Cross Town Eating House (23 Logan Road, Woolloongabba) for a lazy Saturday lunch. I had first heard of this bar only last week (although it has been here over a year) when I saw it had been nominated for Bar of the Year in Gourmet Traveller.
This adorable little gastropub decked out in 1920s style complete with distressed pressed tin covering the bar, is hidden away in an unassuming brick building on that strip of Logan Road which has of late, sprung up with a bunch of antique stores and cutesy cafes and restaurants (including Pearl, 1889 Enoteca and Bistrot Bistro).
This is the perfect place to drink a beer and nibble on bar snacks (like the gin soaked olives we chowed on while waiting on our mains) while reading the paper and listening to the rootsy folk they had playing in the background.
The menu includes a tasty selection of shared starters which are between $15 and $17 (and apparently the sticky ribs are great) but we opted for the mains which were a little pricey ($29 to $35) but worth it.
I ordered the OP rib steak with smoked celeriac and watercress. The steak was cooked to perfection and the dish was just what I was wanting on a sunny but cold winter's day - tasty smokey goodness. I think it came out a little colder than it should have been though and maybe was missing something sweet like caramelised onion or beetroot relish? In any case it was still delicious.
I will definitely be back! Especially because they are currently re-furbing upstairs to make it into a big bar...