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  • Caity Hogan

Modern Australian cuisine with a Hungarian twist, introducing Smoked Paprika.

On the busy thoroughfare of Macgregor Terrace, hides one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, Smoked Paprika. Having just opened in December last year, word is spreading like wild fire that this is the cafe that is spicing up the Brisbane food scene. And it is Gabor Traub who we have to thank for that! Traub, Hungarian chef and owner of Smoked Paprika, pays tribute to his homeland cuisine by featuring traditional Hungarian ingredients, such as Spaetzle (egg noodles) and Paprika, throughout many of the classics on the menu. He has many years under his belt as a travelling chef and this was clear when the food was plated up before our hungry eyes.

You can expect generous sized meals and consistency in the quality of food. When ordering the signature Smoked Paprika Breakfast, you can see just how generous they really are. This is not the type of café to serve up a meagre bite-sized portion of squeaky cheese, but rather a delicious thickly sliced chunk of perfectly pan-fried haloumi. On arrival the friendly staff were kind enough to surprise us with a complimentary freshly baked muffin to share while we waited for our drinks (if that’s not 10/10 service, I don’t know what is!).

In the way of coffee, Smoked Paprika use local artisan roaster Dramanti’s special summer blend, Sweet Sweet Marija, as their house specialty. Dramanti Artisan Roaster’s are based in Brisbane’s seaside suburb, Wynnum and they’re open to the public seven days a week. For more information on Dramanti visit their website at

If you’re planning to make a trip to visit Smoked Paprika, I strongly suggest ordering the Zucchini Fritters or the Smoked Paprika breakfast, both of which are found on the breakfast menu. To suss out the full menu head over to or better yet, pay a visit to Smoked Paprika itself!

Price: $$

Foodramblings Rating: 8.5/10

Smoked Paprika

9/65 Macgregor Terrace, Bardon


Open 7 Days: 6.30am – 3pm

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