Get comfy at Coorparoo’s new family-friendly eatery Maude
The best cafes (that is, the ones we keep returning to time after time) are the ones that make us feel welcome. Coorparoo’s brand-new community-focused eatery Maude is a family-run business that wants to include you in its family, offering a standard of service that goes far beyond just a smile. If you’ve been seeking a spot where everyone knows your name (and coffee order), then consider introducing yourself to Maude at your earliest convenience.
When husband-and-wife duo Brandon and Caity Hemmings decided to open their first cafe, they weren’t embarking on the journey blindly. The couple has been working in the Coorparoo area for close to a decade, with Brandon cutting his teeth at local cafe institution Flute – learning all the skills needed to build and operate a cafe from top to bottom. In May the couple decided to finally strike out on their own, snagging a space on Eva Street (previously occupied by Avé Cucina & Coffee Bar – a stone’s throw from California Native) for Maude, the couple’s ode to family and feasting. A proactive period saw the couple get stuck into some DIY refurbishments, giving the 40-seater venue some TLC by installing a new coffee bar, repairing existing bench seating and crafting new tables by hand. Brandon and Caity honed in on an aesthetic for Maude that favours clean lines, eschewing bold colours in favour of subtle hues. A collection of eye-catching artworks adorn the rear feature wall, while a further pop of ambience is provided by the neon sign floating behind the counter.
Maude’s anchoring ethos is a commitment to attentive service and a belief that quality ingredients can elevate even the simplest dish. Both the cafe’s breakfast and lunch menus spotlight classic favourites that have been given some truly toothsome tweaks that will appeal to families, health-conscious gym goers and heavy headed late risers. Dishes like the slow-braised ham hock croque madame, smoked-salmon nourish bowls with spiced felafel, sardines on pane with paprika vinaigrette and broccoli fritters with labneh, poached eggs and halloumi are perfect day starters, while the likes of Maude’s beef carpaccio with caperberry salad, charred octopus with cauliflower puree and buttermilk fried-chicken burgers are terrific for a midday munch. Although Brandon and Caity are keen to implement seasonal changes, the couple is open to suggestions from the community, and will likely keep the menu flexible in order to facilitate sparks of inspiration. Brisbane-born Wolff Coffee Roasters is supplying Maude with its Lil Red blend, which features on a beverage list that also includes loose-leaf tea, pressed juices and sparkling sips infused with passionfruit, rosella and raspberry, and green melon and cucumber. Looking forward, Brandon and Caity will soon be adding footpath dining, a liquor licence for afternoon sessions and wine and tapas nights for locals seeking an evening hang without the commute.
Maude is now open to the public seven days a week. Hungry? We can tell! Operating hours and menu details can be found in the Stumble Guide.
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