William Browning and Sabrina Andersen have opened their new cafe, House of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-guh”). Occupying an entire house in West End, the couple has grand plans for the Boundary Street venue. “We want to be totally self-sufficient. If we could put a cow in the backyard we would,” Anderson says wryly.
They’ll have to settle with chickens, and are currently investigating just how many they’re allowed to keep. A market-style garden will fill the vacant backyard. Seedlings are already growing with the help of composted spent coffee grinds.
Inside, the cafe draws upon the duo’s Danish heritage with minimalist design and clean lines dotted by quirky paraphernalia. There’s a “chillout” zone where customers can make use of the free wi-fi to waste a few hours, and a kids area. Andersen says parents can “dump their kids and come and enjoy a cafe experience without having to fuss” – an idea inspired by their own experiences.
The menu showcases Danish cuisine with a focus on wholesome combinations and quality ingredients. For breakfast there’s smoked-salmon bruschetta or “Go Bananas!” porridge – a cinnamon porridge with pear and banana.
Smørrebrød (traditional Danish open sandwiches on rye) is a standout from the lunch menu. The rye is light and sweet. Moreish toppings such as pulled pork are combined with pickled red cabbage, salted cucumbers and horseradish mayo. There’s also a mixture of fresh salads, “hyggies” (their take on the famous hoagie) and traditional dishes such as Danish meatballs. A separate kids offering makes things easy for parents, $10.90 netting your squirt a toasted sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and orange juice
Andersen and Browning want to build a destination and have so far slipped seamlessly into the local community – a steady stream of regulars has keenly embraced their new Danish neighbours.
House of Hygge
245 Boundary Street, West End
07 3844 8158
Mon to Wed 7am–3pm
Thu to Sun 7am-4pm