Twin brothers Arron and Troy Van Stryp of The Smug Fig have brought their laid-back East Brisbane attitude to the inner city.
ED Cafe, inside Edward Street’s IBM Building, is purpose-built for lingering. There’s a heap of seating options with views all the way down Edward street. Wi-fi and power points make working from the space easy, and the all-day brunch menu is full of what you’d expect from your favourite weekend haunts.
“Not everyone is so time poor in the city,” Troy Van Stryp says. “Some people have the time to have client meetings or time to sit down and relax.”
The Van Stryps took over the space (previously occupied by Sam’s) late last year as part of the IBM building’s revamp. Working with a huge floor space, the brothers sketched out some ideas to change up the fit-out.
“We opened up the window to be able to serve coffee to the street and also to be able to let people know that it is open to the public, not just to the building,” Troy says.
Design inspiration was taken from The Smug Fig, which is inside an East Brisbane nursery. Light woods, teal and navy accents and plenty of greenery make the space light and welcoming despite its lobby setting. The sensibility is reflected in the branding, by Deelan Do, and a 13.5-metre wall mural by friend and artist Yanick Blattner, which depicts birds and plants.
“There’s a lot of stone,” Troy says. “I just wanted to bring that leafy vibe back in here.”
Chef Peffin Alano (previously of Samson and Sophie) has produced a tight menu, with quick sandwiches and treats in the fridge served alongside more sizeable offerings. Standouts include a nourish bowl of quinoa, yellow basmati, pickled veg, avocado, smoked cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, mixed greens and a poached egg; and a chicken burger that comes with camembert, rocket and romesco on organic brioche.
Coffee is from Espresso di Manfredi, and there’s kombucha and cold-pressed juices in the fridge.
IBM Building, 348 Edward Street, Brisbane
(07) 3839 1132
Mon to Fri 6.30am–3.30pm