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Aussie tribute band The Beatle Boys are coming to QPAC. Rock guru and Beatles author Glenn A. Baker says they are the real deal.

The interior back dining space at Little Black Pug Cafe in Mount Gravatt; their ricotta pancakes and (inset, right) What the duck?

These gluten-free pancakes are made with ricotta and are fluffier than a Shih tzu, with the tower of four precisely complement­ed by a fuchsia sphere of raspberry sorbet, mixed citrus segments, cream cheese frosting, biscuit crumbs and a lick of orange butter syrup. Delicious!

Or on the savoury side is the cheekily named “What the duck” ($25) – a salad of baby spinach, pickled fennel and orange segments lightly dressed in a sweet-salty orange and soy dressing, crowned with wedges of confit potato and a perfectly crisp-crusted confit duck leg aromatic with five-spice.

Coffee is from Toby’s Estate and comes well made, while there are also thickshake­s, tea, hot chocolate, vegan frozen fruit blends and a rotating line-up of cold and batch brews.

Service is as friendly as a happy hound, with staff going the extra mile to ensure guests feel comfortabl­e and taken care of from beginning to end.

Really, the only downside is the rather frillsfree fit-out, which includes footpath dining out the front, a few bar stools near the pumping kitchen inside, and the minimalist back room with the rolls of toilet paper providing an unwanted distractio­n.

However, with altruistic service, great food and well-executed coffee, its basic interior is worth forgiving.

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