The all day breakfast spot you need to visit
09 Nov 2015
With its fire engine red exterior, Artie & Mai is pretty hard to miss, no matter how fast you’re going down Sandgate Road. But if you’ve never stopped to find out just what’s behind the glowing brick walls, it’s about time you did, because this Brisbane café is worth making a pitstop for. Those unmissable bright red doors give way to a relaxed and cosy café inside, with industrial style furnishings and exposed brick walls that make you feel as though you’ve left the ‘burbs far behind. Named after the owners’ children (awww), Artie & Mai has everything you need in a brunch spot – all day breakfasts, long tables for those Sunday morning catch ups with friends and a booze menu that will have you staying until it’s an acceptable time to order a glass of bubbles (it’s available from 10am – just saying). If that’s not enough incentive, just check out the breakfast menu, particularly the extras section, where bacon ice cream is an optional side. Oh yes. You could order the dish it’s actually made for, banana French toast with salted caramel and tomato jam, but we’ve decided it goes just as well with a big brekky. Plenty of other classic breakfasts are given an Artie & Mai twist on the menu if you’re not into food comas before noon, like the crispy spring onion and feta hash cakes with poached eggs or a creamy lemon and lime panna cotta that turns the traditional Italian dessert into breakfast fare. They really know the way to our hearts. From 11.30am onwards, you can tuck into hearty lunches like sticky BBQ pork ribs with chips and slaw and Thai beef salad with crispy noodles. There’s plenty of options for vegos too, and almost all the menu can be made gluten free. At no charge, because no one should have to pay extra for missing out on brioche. After hours, the café turns into an eclectic function space, and those impressive kitchen skills are put to use catering for events. Every so often they also host an evening Supper Club, getting creative with seasonal ingredients to put on a 4 course dinner with matched drinks. So if you’re ready to find out what’s behind the red doors, take a detour at 340 Sandgate Road next time you’re driving by. Artie & Mai is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Images by Judit Losh Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!