Experience Middle Eastern street food infused with cafe cuisine at Vic’s Place Cafe in Clayfield.
Owner, Giulia Di Leo, runs the busy cafe with her tight-knit team and is passionate about bringing authentic flavours to Brisbane diners.
Giulia opened Vic’s Place Cafe in May 2019 after a trip to Sydney and a chance encounter with a kind Middle Eastern cafe owner.
Giulia decided to open Vic’s Place, named after her dear late father, to bring new flavours, new tastes – and a new experience – to Brisbane’s northside.
Giulia travelled to Sydney to train with a cook renowned for Middle Eastern dishes. She learned how to make manoush, ka’ak and other middle eastern breakfast dishes and has put her own spin on the dishes for her customers.
The menu is full of delicious cafe cuisine, with a Middle Eastern twist. The Shakshuka Baked Eggs features baked eggs in slow-cooked sauce, topped with fetta, chorizo and shallots and served with their popular house zataar bread.
The Ka’ak Sandwiches use traditional middle eastern flatbread and are baked in-house and the Manoush breads are house-baked and come with a variety of toppings.
One of the newest items on the menu is the Knefeh French Toast. This brioche French toast is filled with a traditional Middle Eastern cheese blend and served with rose water syrup, seasonal fruit and ice-cream.
While they still offer the standard bacon and eggs and vegetarian classic dishes, Giulia loves incorporating Middle Eastern tastes into Aussie cafe classics.
Anyone who has visited Vic’s Place knows that Giulia is hardworking. When COVID-19 hit, Vic’s Place switched to take-away and Giulia worked 28 days straight with her two sons helping out most days.
“What happened with COVID-19 has been awful for many, but I am grateful that it brought my family, and the community together,” says Giulia.
During this time, Giulia realised how important her customers were to her.
‘The customers here have changed my life’, says Giulia. ‘COVID-19 bonded us, with customers checking on us as much as we were checking in on them.’
Giulia has created a cafe in Clayfield that is more than a traditional cafe – it’s an experience. She is eager for locals to try new flavours and experience something different.
In the future, Giulia is looking forward to introducing more unique products and to offer something a bit different for locals, especially those open to trying new cuisine.
We apologise to Clayfield-ians in advance for sharing your best-kept secret – but Brisbane Northsiders need to know what they are missing out on.
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Photography: Corey Baldwin