Mayday is by the team from Axil Coffee Roasters in the corner site that once housed Olmecs Bakery (it was Clover & Rye more recently). The huge 120-seater is airy and flush with natural light, thanks to bi-fold windows, white walls, polished concrete and natural timbers.
All the usuals are on the menu, such as smashed avocado and eggs Benedict, but mostly with a twist – the avocado is seasoned with nori salt and yuzu, and the Benedict is made with a bacon chop and served on a sesame bagel.
Coffee is the main game here, so aside from daily and weekly food specials, there's cold-drip and batch-brew specials. It also has a liquor license, so there’s some booze on the list, too.
A small pastry kitchen produces a selection of croissants, cronuts and cruffins. It’ll mostly service Mayday and the other cafes under the Axil umbrella, although there will be a separate entrance on Lord Street for retail customers.