Brainwave serves standard cafe options and common Thai dishes. But there’s also a creative and unusual meeting of the two on the menu. Eggs are flavoured with green curry paste, burgers are filled with Thai-style meats and there’s a soft-serve machine churning out Thai-milk-tea gelato.
There are tables outside; a kitchen, coffee counter and a bar on the ground level; and an art-gallery-like sitting room on the upstairs mezzanine, which also has its own lounge area.
For breakfast there’s khao tom (soupy rice porridge) with spinach; hotcakes covered in Thai-style sweet banana and pandan sauce; and the aforementioned green curry omelette which is coated in fried Thai basil and bacon.
For lunch burgers are filled with massaman-flavoured pulled pork, Thai fried chicken or steak and Thai relish. There are hot dogs with green curry and crispy basil or a banh mi-inspired mix of sausage, herbs and pickles. A dish of fettucine is flash fried with Thai peppercorns, basil and drunken pipis.
Next to the coffee (from Canberra roaster Ona), the drinks menu lists Thai-tea lattes, lemon tea; and soft serve flavoured either with Thai tea, coconut pandan or espresso and milk (the latter two are on rotation).