The DC Special at Rafter & Rose, Ellenborough St, Ipswich
The DC Special at Rafter & Rose, Ellenborough St, Ipswich

Savouring the flavour of Ipswich

FROM breakfast, lunch and dinner through to dessert and drinks, Ipswich covers all cuisines and caters to all palates.

 

Rafter & Rose Cafe

A laneway and courtyard outside, a homely cottage inside; you'd never suspect this quaint cafe was sandwiched between a main road and train line.

Everything is made in house or sourced locally, from the giant muffins and scones bursting with berries to the jars of honey from a local beekeeper.

Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu includes corn and zucchini fritters, sweet potato rosti, slow-cooked beans and burgers. Try the deconstructed chai latte.

1/17 Ellensborough St

 

Candice Courtney-Brown and Chantal Collings at 4 Hearts Brewing Pumpyard
Candice Courtney-Brown and Chantal Collings at 4 Hearts Brewing Pumpyard

 

4 Hearts Brewing Pumpyard

No chemicals, no preservatives, nothing artificial and full flavour: that's the ethos of this boutique brewery and its adjoining restaurant.

Pair a Sunshine Lager or Coal Miners Stout - brewed onsite - with bar snacks like chicken dumplings with chilli and lime or a pizza made on hand-rolled dough.

For those not keen on beer, Pumpyard also has a comprehensive wine, spirits and cocktail list.

88 Limestone St

 

MasterChef 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann at his Ipswich icecream parlour
MasterChef 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann at his Ipswich icecream parlour

 

Ungermann Brothers

Forget your basic Neapolitan trio, this gourmet ice creamery has crafted a Willy Wonka-esque flavour spectrum of desserts.

Strawberry is paired with balsamic; chocolate with mandarin; and vanilla with zesty finger limes.

Order a tasting paddle and work your way through other offbeat additions including roasted garlic, licorice and fennel and lavender honeycomb.

88 Limestone St

 

Beans & Green Cafe

The Beans & Greens motto is "healthy can be tasty".

Local and sustainable produce is sourced for its all-day menu which spans a light Sunshine Bowl with poached and fresh fruit, coconut yoghurt and granola to the stomach-filling Clean Nachos with black beans, tomato, avocado, and cashew sour cream.

Smoothies and juices are made to order and the coffee is from Toby's Estate.

61 Limestone St

 

All the spices of the subcontinent. (File picture)
All the spices of the subcontinent. (File picture)

 

Indian Mehfil

A firm favourite among locals, this authentic Indian restaurant has sated spicy appetites since 2010. Classic dishes pepper the menu including thick butter chicken, tender lamb rogan josh and fluffy naan bread.

It also wins fans with unusual dishes such as goat yakhani Kashmiri curry, crunchy fish pakoras and the rice-based zira matter pilao.

The restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored heritage building.

D'Arcy Doyle Place, 116a Brisbane St