Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe
Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton's stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe

Get the first look at Mitch & Antler – Mitchelton’s stunning new Southern California-inspired cafe

While we’re all for high-end restaurants and luxe bars, it’s the neighbourhood cafes that are the backbone of our city’s food scene. Tucked away in the leafy corners of the city, Brisbane’s brunch specialists unite the local community like no other kind of venue can. Mitch & Antler, the latest addition to the swelling ranks of Brisbane’s suburban chow spots, is looking to win over the residents of Mitchelton with a salivation-inducing menu of elevated eats (jamon croffles, anyone?), a beverage list anchored by specialty coffee and craft mocktails, and an atmosphere that emphasises fun and sociability. It opens tomorrow, but you can have a sneak peek right now!

Brothers Tze-Huei ‘TH’ Choo and Chewie Choo are no strangers to hospitality. Their collective resume includes experience working in fine-dining restaurants, wine bars, hotel food and beverage, corporate catering and hospitality solutions, but there’s one thing that they’ve yet to tick off. “I’ve always wanted to open a neighbourhood restaurant that wasn’t on a high street,” says TH, who reflects on his time working in Hong Kong, where culinary pockets are commonly found off the beaten track. “The majority of restaurants – whether they’re Michelin starred or one of Asia’s Best 50 – they’re all neighbourhood restaurants that serve the customers that live around the area. Serving the community is the most important part.” On Wednesday February 15, TH and Chewie will open Mitch & Antler – a highly anticipated cafe located in a quiet pocket of Mitchelton that channels the same neighbourhood-first ethos as TH’s Hong Kong inspirations. Anyone cruising through the suburb over the weekend may have spied some activity in and around the old character-filled corner store space on Suez Street, which is now home to the brothers’ soon-to-open haunt. The cafe was being put through its paces, with a select amount of lucky locals invited to come and try Mitch & Antler’s offering before its official launch this week. Despite plenty of high-end hospitality experience under their belt, TH and Chewie are favouring a simple approach to cafe-style service, hitting simple targets that they believe are essential and universal. “For me a neighbourhood cafe should serve good food, be a place to socialise and be fun,” TH elaborates. “We’re in a quiet neighbourhood but we pump up the music – we don’t want people to come, eat and then just leave. We want them to socialise.” If the eager interest of the local populace is any indication, Mitch & Antler is on track to be an immensely popular eatery from the jump.

Mitch & Antler’s sun-soaked locale beams from its street-corner perch, with a recent cosmetic overhaul – comprised of peach tones, teal and brick – conjuring the sunny disposition of a Southern Californian abode. With 60 seats available across a semi-shaded alfresco area (boasting palms, succulents and cacti) and an enclosed room at the front, guests can soak up a mix of vibes while dining in, or simply swing by the coffee window for a grab-and-go coffee, pastry, doughnut or a mortadella and jamon toastie. In the kitchen, head chef Ash Kettle is orchestrating Mitch & Antler’s culinary offering, turning out an all-day menu that sees classic Australian brunch dishes elevated with some international inflections and inventive ingredient pairings. “We want to change the way classic breakfast looks and do something different,” says TH, name checking Bill Granger and Yottam Ottolenghi as some of Mitch & Antler’s menu inspirations. This approach results in a menu packed with colour and flavour, with dishes like the signature waffle croissant with poached eggs, jamon and wattleseed hollandaise, the ricotta gnocchi with confit tomato, hazelnut, dill, fior di latte and brown butter, ricotta hotcakes with hazelnut praline, miso caramel and fresh banana, and chicken katsu sandos with panko-fried chicken, tonkatsu mayo and pickled mustard standing out as early favourites. Coffee from Bowen Hills roaster Providore & Co. is on deck alongside freshly squeezed juices, peanut butter and jelly smoothies and teas, as well as low-cal soft drinks from Strangelove and signature mocktails made using non-alcoholic spirits. Once Mitch & Antler’s daytime trade is humming, TH and Chewie will invite notable interstate chefs take over the cafe kitchen for regular pop-up dinners, giving locals more opportunities to enjoy an excellent epicurean outing closer to home.

Mitch & Antler will open to the public on Wednesday February 15. Click on over to the Stumble Guide for menu info, contact details and operating hours.

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