Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills
Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills
Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills
Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills
Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills
Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills

Signed, sealed and delivered – The Mailman brings the goods to Alexandra Hills

A pair of hospitality veterans with a background in fine dining are looking to elevate the brunch offering in the Redlands. The Mailman is injecting a bit of life into the Alexandra Hills cafe scene, dishing up familiar fare imbued with some imaginative (and delicious) quirks. Here, guests can chomp on cinnamon fried baos with peanut brittle while quaffing cup after cup of ONA coffee. It’s worth adding a visit to your weekend itinerary!

Jasmin Zhu and Myles Hartley are used to working in busy kitchens. As team members at high-speed culinary institutions like Urbane and Ocean View Estates, a bit of fast-paced action doesn’t phase them. This is good, because by all accounts The Mailman has been packed from the jump. The duo’s debut cafe opened on Thursday October 13 above a busy intersection of Bluebell Street and Valantine Road in Alexandra Hills, a suburb often overlooked in favour of its bayside neighbours. As locals, Jasmin and Myles were all too familiar with the suburb’s lack of quality cafe options, so when they were encouraged by an industry mentor to take the plunge and open up their own eatery, they decided to go for it. “Before, we thought opening up our own place was out of our realm,” says Jasmin. “Like it was something we wouldn’t be able to achieve.” You wouldn’t sense their greenness walking into The Mailman’s charming corner locale – the venue has been slickly assembled, with a bright and minimal aesthetic boasting plenty of natural tones and grain textures. A scatter of tables outside seats ten guests, while the interior space (where a service counter is bedecked with high-tech coffee-making gear) has room for 28 patrons. It’s warm, approachable and comfortable – the perfect mix for a neighbourhood cafe.

In the kitchen, Myles is whipping up a lengthy menu of eats that riff on brunch and lunch favourites. While you won’t see avocado on toast gussied up with fine-dining affectations, Jasmin says the approach is to elevate the essential elements of each meal. “The concept behind what makes a good dish,” Jasmin elaborates. “The balance of sweet, salty, acidity – those kind of textures.” Out-of-the-box options like sticky date oat porridge with candied oranges, cinnamon fried baos with peanut brittle and salted caramel, garlic mushrooms with romesco, crispy enoki and candied pepitas, and chilli crab scramble with ginger and shallot sauce are early standouts, while a takeaway menu adds a trio of toasties and two kinds of burgers into the mix. Coffee is supplied by Canberra-based specialty roaster ONA, with the Raspberry Candy house blend available for milky brews while black and batch-brew coffees are made using rotating single origins. Beyond that, loose-leaf tea, Biscoff caramel milkshakes, cold-pressed juice and iced passionfruit tea with peach pearls round out the beverage offering. Pups are welcome and there’s also a kids menu for the little ones to enjoy.

The Mailman is open to the public – operating hours and contact details can be found in the Stumble Guide.

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