Meet Major Mitchell; The New Boozy Pink Cafe
Located In A Converted Glen Huntly Post Office
From the team behind Daly St Coffee Roasters comes a new pink paradise of a cafe that is a
must add to your boozy brunch list. Beyond the iron gates and manicured gardens of the former 1950s Glen Huntly post office, lies an Instagrammable, family-friendly oasis that goes by the name Major Mitchell. Also home to Daly St Coffee Roasters, guests are invited to taste their way through different coffee blends, enjoy endless Chandon champagne and cocktails in the surrounding garden and most importantly, indulge in a refined foodie experience full of playful, globally-inspired riffs on classic dishes.
Major Mitchell is the brainchild of the sister duo Katie Devic and Melissa Glentis, who have more than 20 years of experience in cafes and coffee roasting between them. After starting their sister company Daly St Coffee Roasters during lockdown, the team decided to take the plunge on their next business venture, Major Mitchell. Creating a welcoming, casual atmosphere in the venue was important to the sister duo - you'll find staff willing to explain the difference between various coffee blends, parents watching their kids play in the garden cubby house and Instagram-lovers relishing over the food and beverage offerings.
Major Mitchell's bright pink door is a beacon for the coffee hunters of Carnegie, as the cafe is
also the home of Daly St Roasters - an ethical coffee roasting and wholesale business run by
Devic. At Major Mitchell, curious customers can learn insider tips from Major Mitchell's
experienced baristas, they can taste their way through the full range of Daly St Roasters' local
blends and purchase a bag of coffee or coffee equipment to take home too. Daly St's most
popular coffee blend 'Chosen One' is the venue's go-to offering, with creamy shortbread and
smooth chocolatey notes - it's hard not to love. For the more adventurous, the signature 'Candy Shop' blend is available as a bottomless batch brew filter - a fruity strawberry and creamy blend, which the team describes as "the coffee version of a strawberry milkshake."
Coffee aside, an alcoholic beverage doesn't go astray at this pink paradise. Giving ode to the
pink theme, expect signature house cocktails like a refreshing Watermelon Long Island cocktail. The team have also partnered with Chandon to offer a range of premium pours of Champagne and spritzes. To celebrate the release of Chandon's Orange Garden Spritz, the team are planning a series of 'Summer Spritz Sundays' events in the gorgeous garden area. There will be an exclusive menu for each event, including a Paella night and an Argentinian bbq - all designed to be paired perfectly with sparkling wines from the Chandon bar cart. It's the ultimate summer dining experience.
Head chef Daniel Ricardo Reyes Diaz draws inspiration from Middle Eastern, Asian and European cuisines, combining ingredients, colour and techniques from each continent to create beautifully plated creations which hero local, seasonal ingredients. Diaz explains the menu is "not only a combination of ingredients, but it is also a combination of techniques and knowledge - every single team member in our kitchen has added to the development of recipes on the menu." For breakfast, the Pina Colada Panna Cotta Ice Cream on Waffles is one to note - served with caramelised pineapple, dried meringue and fresh mint leaves. Or, there's a Mushroom Polenta, which sees mushroom served three ways, with a housemade mushroom ketchup, sauteed mushrooms and truffled polenta. Come lunch, enjoy the slow cooked Beef Brisket Burger, or a smoked lamb shoulder with celeriac skordalia inspired by the sisters' Greek heritage. Every day the cabinet gets loaded up with fresh pastries and pink cakes from Clementine Lane, making the cafe an ideal destination for quick coffee catch-ups or long boozy lunches.
Designed by interior designer Claudia Bradar from The Renovate Avenue, Major Mitchell is one highly Instagrammable cafe. Inside the converted Victorian house, customers will find pink dried floral arrangements, gold leaf patterned wallpaper and vibrant foliage amongst the
blush-coloured seating. Every detail of the space has been carefully considered, from the
stunning terrazzo benchtops flecked with pink and grey, neon signage and feature rattan lighting which hangs from the custom-designed wooden roof. Enjoy a breakfast, brunch or lunch in the manicured garden dotted with picnic tables and wrought-iron furniture, or for a more immersive experience, take a seat in the cosy private dining area known as the Champagne Room which seats up to 15 people. By night, Major Mitchell transforms into a stunning venue space for christenings, weddings, birthdays or hens parties.The venue's focus on visual detailing and an approachable but still creative menu is what will draw crowds both young and old to Major Mitchell. Overall, Major Mitchell is set to become the ultimate cafe destination this summer - whether you're looking to broaden your coffee horizons with new blends, discover the delights of the globally inspired menu, or enjoy a few sociable cocktails in the garden, there is something for everyone at Major Mitchell. With this in mind, there is no doubt that Major Mitchell will be a mainstay in Melbourne's South-East.
Major Mitchell is located at
122 Grange Road, Carnegie VIC 3163
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