Start your morning at new Lutwyche coffee and brunch locale Namu Cafe
The bustling thoroughfare Lutwyche Road receives its fair share of peak-hour traffic, with commuters focussed on getting from A to B. Well, now there’s a reason to slow down next time you’re cruising along. Namu Cafe is a brand-new hidden gem tucked away just off the main road in Lutwyche serving specialty coffee and simple brunch classics – a perfect pit-stop pairing that’s set to make the morning slog a bit more bearable.
After witnessing the impact of COVID-19 on the inner-city and Fortitude Valley markets, Philip Kim decided it was time to diversify his approach to hospitality. As the owner of Nom Nom Korean in Bakery Lane, Philip has spent years plying an afternoon and nighttime trade. His new venture, Lutwyche cafe Namu, sees the operator branching into the suburbs for morning service. The eatery is tucked away on the second floor of a house on Chalk Street, just around the corner from Lutwyche City. Formerly a dentist’s practice, Philip and his team initiated a complete refit of the space, installing a coffee bar, ambient cabinet, kitchen and a host of furniture fashioned from repurposed timbers. The result is a crisp, bright and breezy space, softened with plants and natural light – the perfect surroundings for leisurely weekend lunches and casual coffee catch-ups.
Philip has linked up with the team behind Grinders Specialty Coffee for Namu’s caffeine offering, embarking on a six-month training course to sharpen his skills in the art of the pour. Non-caffeine sippers can sample hot chocolates, chai lattes, mixed-berry smoothies and protein-loaded post-workout concoctions. The cafe’s food menu is still evolving, but Philip is keeping things simple and classic with the likes of acai topped with house-made granola, farmer’s pizza, sweet and crunchy brioche waffle with vanilla ice-cream and caramelised banana, eggs Benedict with grilled mushrooms and a breakfast platter fit for two to share. In a hurry? The cabinet is filled with pre-made sandwiches and wraps to devour on the go, while a selection of baked goods (think butter croissants and danishes) from Brasserie Bread make for a great snack.
Namu Cafe is now open to the public – head to the Stumble Guide for opening hours and other important details.
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