Goodness Gracious Cafe’s motto is ‘food + coffee = goodness’, a formula that the charming Graceville eatery has managed to perfect.

After learning about the cafe’s recent Award for Excellence win — it placed silver for best coffee shop/tea house in the nation — we decided to stop by on a Sunday morning. We arrived early and the place was already packed, though that in no way impacted the friendliness or promptness of service.

I opted to try my first piccolo instead of my usual flat white: the coffee is smooth and subtle, sure to satisfy coffee snobs and those who are not partial to what they are drinking as long as it is caffeinated.  Though we stuck to coffee, it seems almost a waste to go to Goodness Gracious and not sample more of their drinks menu, offering everything from red velvet lattes to organic teas to a long list of smoothies and juices.

To be ranked one of the best cafes in Brisbane, let alone Australia, is steep competition considering the berth of restaurants dishing up obsession-worthy breakfasts. Glancing at Goodness Gracious’ menu, though, makes it clear why it stands out. Craving something sweet? Vanilla blueberry griddle cakes are lathered with passionfruit curd, mascarpone, blueberries and honeycomb. Savoury options that continually passed by us were the Vietnamese omelette with pork mince, bean shoots, paw paw, thai basil, chilli, rice and egg, and the eponymous Goodness Gracious: twice cooked pork belly, cauliflower hash, slaw, dehydrated tomato, asparagus, pomegranate apple puree, eggs and sourdough crust.

As I cannot resist veggies masquerading as breakfast, I ordered the chicken salad. With black charcoal coconut chicken, raw shaved broccoli, radicchio, flaked almonds, cranberries and lemon cashew cream, I was not sure what to expect.

For future diners: expect something amazing, no matter what you order. The chicken was coated in a thick charcoal rub, with a nuanced hint of coconut. The cream was similarly subtle, and the almonds and fruit drew out the sweet, nutty notes. I was tempted to come back for lunch, just to order it again.

My partner ordered the shakshuka kofta: beef kofta paired with a shakshuka baked egg, cumin honey yogurt and parmesan crust. The beef was tender, its seasoning drawn out by the cumin sauce. The bread serves as the perfect vehicle for mopping up whatever remains.

Any true cafe lover knows that Brisbane’s best are often tucked in sleepy suburbs, and such is the case for Goodness Gracious. The award-winning venue is worth a visit whether you want to try one of Australia’s highest-rated cafes or are craving pork belly for breakfast.

Read more about the Awards for Excellence here.