Reserved On Grafton, Cairns

Yesterday I stopped into Reserved On Grafton for a bite to eat after seeing on Facebook that they just launched a new menu. I ordered the Poached Chicken, Avocado, Red Onion, Tomato, Yogurt, Rocket and Pickled Cucumber Baguette but Quesadilla style while MS had the Muffalatta Baguette (as a Quesadilla) with Cured Meats, Cheese, Olives and a few more ingredients I can’t remember off the top of my head as well as a Mango Storm Smoothie with Mango, Banana and Vanilla Yogurt (AU$7.90).

Poached Chicken, Avocado, Red Onion, Tomato, Yogurt, Rocket and Pickled Cucumber - Quesadilla style

Poached Chicken, Avocado, Red Onion, Tomato, Yogurt, Rocket and Pickled Cucumber – Quesadilla style

Both MS and I were really impressed with the food and the service and couldn’t understand for the life of us while we were one of only two occupied tables in the whole place. The menu has some really fantastic options like the Tataki Beef Salad with Ginger and Garlic Marinated Beef, Sweet Potato, Wombok Salad and Spicy Ponzu Dressing (AU$13.90). I was very nearly swayed from my original option by the Reserved Salmon Salad with House Cured Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Yogurt Dressing, Beans, Capers, Anchovies, Olives, Tomatoes and a Poached Egg with House Anchovy Relish (AU$16.90) .
MS and I spoke to the staff about why the cafe was so empty when we really enjoyed our lunch and apparently a few people have said that their food is a little too eclectic for their taste. Since when was options like quinoa, corn and jalapeño fritters and Reuben sandwiches too eclectic?

Corn and Jalapeno Fritters with Cured Salmon, Spiced Labne, Coconut Oil Dressing and a Runny Egg

Corn and Jalapeno Fritters with Cured Salmon, Spiced Labne, Coconut Oil Dressing and a Runny Egg

I personally think we should encourage these kinds of innovative menus along with the yummy food and friendly service. I’m sick of seeing the same old standard crap on menus. If you want boring food then go to the Coffee Club! Egg’s Benedict with Wilted Spinach and Smoked Salmon on a soft English Muffin – gimme a break! I’d rather Reserved’s version any day – Garlic Spicy Prawns, Beans, Polenta Cake and Poached Eggs with Coriander and Citrus Hollandaise. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!

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Posted on October 7, 2015, in Cairns. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Too eclectic? This is just good food! Provincial thinking around here, just give me that Garlic Spicy prawn dish for breakfast any day! Im going soon.

  2. Ha Ha. With arms dragging on the ground :))

  3. I have been many times and liked it to start with I now have only seen a decline in service and quality a pity for Reserved On Grafton and like you foodvixen saw very few customers on my last 2 visits with the rest of the cafe near by very very busy.lets hope things pick up for them I am now sadly an ex customer.

    • Thanks for the comment Peter! I also noticed yesterday that all the other cafe’s nearby were very busy but Reserved was nearly on empty. It is a pity about your experiences and I do hope things have changed since you last went there. I’m hoping since I put my post up a few more people might head in and hopefully their reviews are also positive. Only time will tell 🙂

  4. wanted to go to ROG last week,couldnt find it ,just a Bobbies,cheers george

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