Peter Shaw knows exemplary food.
The chef has worked everywhere from suburban fine diners (he cut his teeth at the iconic Tables of Toowong), to luxury overseas yachts cooking for company as rarefied as Oprah Winfrey.
“On the second night I made her apple pie for a bit of comfort food,” he says. “After that she said, ‘Can I have another one?’”
But Shaw’s heart lies with deli-style food. Hence Hobby Lane. Previously Delicatezza, Shaw has been running the Mitchelton favourite since 2010 but refurbished it over the summer to finally make it his own.
“The essence of Hobby Lane is the ambience when you come in,” he says. “It’s always buzzing.”
The revamp splits the difference between the Instagram crowd and keeping the locals happy. Shaw has opened up the space, moving the coffee machine to the front of the shop. It’s now all exposed brick, white walls and wood panelling.
“The new place allows us licence to start again,” he says. “A lot of those regulars were demanding we don’t change the menu … it became a real strangle on creativity.”
Shaw has kept crowd favourites such as the corn fritters and the signature ricotta hotcakes. New dishes include a mushroom toastie with haloumi and romesco sauce designed as an alternative to a typical breakfast burger.
Drinks are straightforward, with Toby’s Estate coffee backed by a bunch of juices, shakes and Calmer Sutra chai tea.
Shaw says the renovations have simplified the business so it can concentrate on what’s important: good food, coffee and great service.
4/43 Blackwood Street, Mitchelton
(07) 3355 7990
Tue to Fri 6.30am–2pm