With its warm, welcoming staff, Mylk cafe in Brighton is the kind of venue where Italian expats go for an espresso and a friendly morning banter in their native tongue.
Red brick walls and wooden interiors give the cafe a charming, rustic atmosphere, while outdoors there is plenty of seating for patrons to people-watch on Church St. The cafe has been open for a year, and has quickly developed a reputation for its outstanding coffee, which is made with Brazilian Genovese coffee beans.
A range of tasty, affordable sandwiches, toasted focaccias and wraps are also available, plus gourmet salads.
Particularly popular with locals is the organic chicken, feta and quinoa salad, with spinach, avocado, carrot, cucumber, carrot and cherry tomato dressing, olive oil and lemon.
The ‘All Day Breakfast’ menu has scrumptious combinations such as smashed avocado on sourdough with feta, lemon, mint, pumpkin seeds and cherry tomatoes.
A well-priced children’s menu and a range of freshly-squeezed juices lure in young mums needing to take a break and recharge throughout the afternoon.
The cafe is open from 7.30am to 4pm, 7 days a week.
Owner Mark Occhipinti runs the cafe with his wife Loren. Mr Occhipinti has worked in hospitality for 15 years and previously owned three cafes in the area.
“Church St has the top end covered, so I wasn’t going to compete with the bigger cafes,” he said.
“We wanted to create our own niche here.”
What Mylk cafe offers is a simple, reasonably-priced breakfast or lunch option that keeps locals piling in day in, day out.
Mr Occhipinti said the cafe’s drawcard was its coffee and personalised service. The owners make a habit of getting to know their regulars by name, and Mr Occhipinti usually starts making their coffees before they have even placed an order.
Drawing on his Italian heritage, Mr Occhipinti likes to keep his coffee “old-school” and “simple”, with quality execution, beans, and milk. When it comes to creating the perfect brew, he believes the secret to success is consistency.
“My biggest thing about coffee is consistency – customers return knowing they’re going to get the same coffee each time,” he said.
“That’s what builds the business – that and the service.”
Find Mylk cafe in Brighton
65 Church St, Brighton
Phone: 9592 9422