Say hello to Macho Macho, Brisbane’s newest café-cross-bar serving up Insta-worthy brunches, aperitivo-style dinners and ice cold bevs. Jimmy and Monica Strong, owners of acclaimed Albion hotspot Artie and Mai and Red Hill’s Arthur’s Green, become a triple threat to Brisbane’s dining scene in 2018 after years of feeding the city’s locals. With the name of their newest venture a play on their surname, Macho Macho’s doors haven’t even been open two weeks, and already it’s pleasing early birds and night owls alike.

What was formerly a kebab shop and a travel agency has become the brick-lined, neon-lit café and bar, with a few splashes of pastel pink and a Joel Birch mural only upping the feel-good vibe.

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A brand new coffee counter – where two locally roasted blends by Seven Miles are served – and bar – with taps that offer a rotating selection of brews – was constructed at the venue’s entry, but if neither tickle your fancy, there’re also classic cocktails and a well-rounded wine list on offer. Caffeine and cocktails – what could be better?

While only open until 2pm Monday to Wednesday, you can keep the food and drinks flowing until late Thursday through Sunday, with an equally delicious dinner menu ready to feed those who prefer sundown-seeking to brunch-hunting.

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Honeycomb, ricotta and lavender hotcakes as well as crab, corn and avocado omelettes are highlights among the breakfast fare, alongside classics like eggs benedict – with your choice of salmon, bacon, or pulled pork – and avocado toast. If dinner’s more your scene, you certainly won’t be disappointed: rally the troops and have a glass of wine over 12hr braised pork sliders, Dukkah-crusted eggplant with hummus and crispy fish tacos. And if hoarding rather than sharing is more your style, wash down “big” options like the citrus salmon salad with candied walnut or the crab, lemon and chilli linguine. If your sweet tooth needs to be satisfied the panna cotta with homemade biscotti, fairy floss and berry compote is a temptation we aren’t strong enough to resist.

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