At first you may just see an overgrown hedge from the main road, but look again and behind the expansive vines and shrubbery you’ll spot My Mistress Café.
Is it worth taking a detour for a coffee here?
Let’s find out.
Exposed brick walls and adornments straight from a country grocer store means that you truly step into another world at this cafe. So much so, that you quickly forget the rumbling semi-trailers and the blaring of horns as someone decides to do a last minute right turn across two lanes of heavy traffic, just outside.
But I digress.
A small courtyard out the front makes the most of the cultivated high hedges, so that no matter where you choose to sit, you will be well protected from the school rat-run.
To make this claim, I did a test run of both areas.
For breakfast, think Baked Waffles with Lemon Curd, or Potato and Feta Hash Balls, or even Okonomiyaki- Japanese Style Cabbage Pancake with Bacon and a Fried Egg.
Seeing as I was there a bit later in the day, I made good use of the lunch menu and ordered the Cuban Sandwich- Slow Cooked Pork, Margaret River Smoked Ham, Pickles and Swiss Cheese, Dijon Mustard and Fried Onion on Sourdough topped with a Russian Dressing.
The word “tasty” does not even begin to describe this sandwich. Every mouthful was indulgent and highly satisfying with the dressing and cheese adding some beautiful rich flavours to the meat mélange.
The sandwich was toasted old-style on a hot plate, giving a crispy, buttery exterior that meant for once in my life, I was actually using the provided knife and fork to eat a sandwich.
Because it’s winter in Brisbane, I also had an Iced Mocha. Beautifully layered, the coffee in this mocha was on point and it wasn’t until the final few sips that I got to the bonus chocolate round of this drink.
Yes it’s right on Sandgate Road, and yes I was crawling at 20km/hr to get here, but once you’re here all that fades away into a surprising sanctuary of deliciousness.