When you first turn into Elizabeth Street, Croydon, you’d be forgiven for thinking what lies ahead is your average residential strip fringed by neat homes.
You’d also be wrong as a little further in on this seemingly nondescript street tucked back from nearby Port Road you’ll suddenly discover a wonderful mix of trendy boutiques, cafés and restaurants – and the gem in the middle has long been Queen Street Café.
The iconic breakfast, brunch and lunch haven – it’s open daily from 8.00am to 4.00pm and reservations can be made – heaves with locals and visitors. Laughter and chatter fill the air while agile staff glide seamlessly between the tables, smiling and engaging as they serve signature dishes such as scrambled eggs with mushroom and rocket and French Toast overflowing with generous serves of poached egg and cream.
Keeping a close eye over proceedings is chef Jun Zheng, who runs the business with his mother and sister and puts its success down to meals with a difference and a genuine family atmosphere.
Between plating up what he considers the best meal on offer, a tangy Shakshuka – his take on the Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, olive oil, peppers, onion and garlic, spiced up with a sprinkling of cumin, paprika and nutmeg – Jun says he is at his happiest when diners tell him it’s the overwhelming feeling they have of being welcomed into a home every time they step into Queen Street Café that keeps them coming back.
Keep an eye out for the new menu items on the specials board, which changes to capture the season and Jun’s mood. When we visited, the aromatic lamb shanks were on special and, it’s fair to say, were playing a defining role in bringing enjoyment and fulfilment to a good few diners.
For more information:
Queen Street Café
12 Elizabeth Street Croydon
T: 0424 099 592