Huskk is an unexpected place to find two hospitality stars. This little cafe in Grange is where Tracey and Alastair Macpherson are plying their trade following years of working in Michelin-star restaurants.
The Macphersons have spent the last 20 years working in hospitality around the world. Before they moved to Australia back in 2014, Alastair was the head chef at The Kitchin, a one Michelin-star restaurant in Scotland. He was most recently the executive chef at QPAC. Tracey did time as restaurant manager at Restaurant Martin Wishart, another one Michelin-star restaurant in Scotland.
Tracey is originally from Brisbane and the couple wanted to move to Australia to raise a family. After looking at 30 different sites, the Macphersons came across a space on Days Road, previously a cafe called Brew Master’s. They gutted it to create Huskk, adding a simple colour scheme of mild mint and white, plenty of timber, exposed aggregate concrete floors and flashes of greenery.
The Macphersons’ menu is relatively approachable. There’s potato and leek hash, with pancetta, poached egg and spinach; eggs Benedict with poached eggs, Bangalow ham and hollandaise on sourdough; and gingerbread pancakes with whey butterscotch sauce and bunya nut crumble. Later in the day, more substantial items include fish tacos and a Reuben sandwich on rye. Coffee comes from local Fortitude Valley roaster Bear Bones.