The northern Brisbane suburb of Hendra has changed quite a bit in recent years. It is experiencing the creation of new homes and the renovation of established ones along its leafy, tree-lined streets, with families taking advantage of the friendly local community vibe. The Hamptons Cafe and Restaurant fits right into this suburb revival on the corner of Gerler Road at number 49.
A hand drawn image of the cafe on the coffee cards
The one-time local convenience store has been transformed into a sizable café/restaurant. If you look inside, you might find a framed photo of the building from yesteryear.
Established in 2017, The Hamptons is part of the suite of hospitality venues created by Alyssa Phadungkiat, including the likes of Phat Elephant and Chapter IV, which also feature in her growing culinary collection.
Restaurant layout and Styling The Hamptons Cafe and Restaurant offers the choice of indoor seating in the main wooden building or in its outdoor area at the back called the Hamptons garden. We sat in the outdoor area under the umbrella-covered tables with faux grass underfoot, sprigs of artificial lavender on the tables and an easy walking ramp into the main restaurant. The flat play worthy space was a particularly happy place for the kids – human and fur babies that is.
Step inside to order at the counter and you will find that the restaurant is light and airy with french styled wooden café chairs set on wooden floors, against the white-walled VJs and some cool artwork. Clear, light and breezy like its name suggests.
What's on the Menu? The Hamptons serves "modern and traditional Aussie dishes, some with a twist." Which includes an all-day breakfast which we took advantage of.
I chose the eggs with sourdough toast and chutney relish $11.90), - a standard dish done well. The Classic BLT ($16.90) and maple cured bacon and cheesy jaffle ($16.90) all made their way to our table along with chocolate and strawberry milkshakes featuring sprinkles normally seen on cupcakes, and pear juice, (They were out of 3 of the juice options while I was there, limiting the choice somewhat. Oh well). We all agreed that we left with contented tummies.
The cutlery was encased in a special black leather "Hamptons" inscribed case.
While ordering at the counter, look out for the gourmet, doggy treats on the shelves, packaged specially by The Hamptons for pawrents to take home for their pooches, making sure no one misses out. Flavours vary from chicken necks and pigs ears to beef ribs.
The Hamptons in New York – An Inspiration
I wondered whether the name, The Hamptons, pays homage to the stylish eastern end region of Long Island, New York, about two-and-a-half hours by car from New York City.
Known for its luxury homes and residence of American social and Hollywood elite such as actresses Scarlett Johannson and Sarah Jessica Parker (who has 2 homes n the Hamptons), Brooke Shields, Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Lopez. It's pretty exclusive.
This region has also inspired the currently popular Hamptons style of interior design with a neutral colour palette. It has been described as "light, bright and whitewashed with a sophisticated yet beachy vibe" and I got that sense here too.
If you are in a rush and don't have time to dine in, look out for the coffee window on the curb-side of the main entrance for the convenience of a quick, hit of Campos coffee (from $3.80). The Hamptons offers a coffee card program for regulars. Buy 9 and get the 10th free.
Looking for a venue for a special event? The Hamptons is also available for functions, fitting up to 60 people. Street parking and bus stops right outside. Hendra is located 6 kms from the CBD.
At the end of our lunch, we agreed that one of our favourite things about the Hamptons was that it was accessible. The garden area was spacious with tables set well apart so we felt like we were left alone without over-servicing to enjoy our time together. The Hamptons is open 7 days