This week I ate what was surely one of Brisbane’s most expensive lamingtons. One should always be cautious when the price is not displayed alongside an item for sale. It usually implies that the wares are outrageously expensive. In this case, though, it was a lamington I was after, and I thought ‘how expensive can a lamington be?’ Well at Indooroopilly’s Shingle Inn, $4.40. “It’s highway robbery, that’s what it is” exclaimed my thrifty partner as we left the store with my extravagant lamington.
Shingle Inn is an institution in Brisbane, first opening its doors in Edward Street in 1936. Sitting down with my lamington, the paper bag reminded me that they have been trading in baked goods for over seven decades now. Surely enough time to have perfected the great Australian lamington.
The Shingle Inn lamington was definitely the smallest we have judged so far. What it lacked in size though, it made up for in fluffiness. The outstanding feature of this lamington was the fluffy sponge, it was just so fluffy! Like little clouds of sponge dancing on my tongue. The downside of this lamington was that it was such a wee little thing. Because the sponge was so light and delicate, it was not a terribly satiating treat. Immediately after eating it, I felt like I had not eaten anything and wished I had bought two.
The overall experience of this lamington was just a tad fleeting. I think it was undersized, especially given the oversize price-tag. With such a light, airy sponge, it needed to be double the volume to make it truly outstanding. There are few things more disappointing than a lamington that does not satisfy one’s lamington craving.*
The Verdict: 8.2
Shingle Inn | Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Moggill Road
* There are many things more disappointing than this, but I feel, as the authour of a blog with such limited scope, I cannot overemphasise the significance of lamingtons.