Anyone abreast of Brisbane food and drink news has no doubt heard the hype surrounding Clayfield cafe My Mistress. If you're wondering what the fuss is about, you surely haven't had occasion to drive past. First and foremost, the place is dazzlingly inviting. Strategically adorned with vines and shrubbery, the leaf-green coloured cubby house of a building is a lush sanctuary. Even despite the servo next door, My Mistress is the stuff of lazy Sunday morning dreams.
Open only since the end of January, the cafe has hit the ground running. The dreaded weekend breakfast queue is a given, but even weekday mornings see competition for tables. The number of diners-in far is far greater than the number of those just after a takeaway coffee. Ladies who brunch, post-workout smoothie sippers, dog walkers and young student-types keep the cafe busy throughout the morning.
Announcing your plans to visit 'My Mistress' will grow steadily less amusing each time, but the cafe commands a loyal following. The adultery theme doesn't seem to have deterred many, and it is a theme to which the cafe commits. Menu subheadings are 'Cheeky Fling', 'Main Affair' and 'On the Side'. Dishes include the Eggs Marilyn (organic caramelised onion and caraway rye, free range fried eggs, Margaret River smoked ham, wilted spinach topped with a creamy hollandaise sauce, $17) and the Eggs Monica (free-range scrambled eggs on a corn, halloumi and zucchini fritter, blistered cherry tomatoes and a seasoned avocado smash, $17).
The Morning Glory ($12) is a saucy delight: smoked bacon, rocket, Swiss cheese, tomato relish, aioli and a fried free range egg peeking out of a toasted bagel. Coffee is good, worth travelling a little bit of extra distance for, and there is also freshly squeezed juice, seasonal smoothies, herbal teas and cold press coffee.