Greece has a rich history built on a tradition of creating democracy, being the originator of the Olympics and having a culture of healthy and delicious food. A touch of Greece has arrived in Brisbane's Deagon at the Mythos Corner Store.
As its name suggests, Mythos Corner Store is situated right on the corner of Adams and Barclay Streets in Deagon. The shop has long been a local convenience store and in 2017 was transformed under the guidance of owner Stuss Read to sport a Greek inspired face-lift and retain the essence of part local shop and part cafe.
Viewers of the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules (MKR) may recognise Stuss as one of the 2018 season's colourful, energetic and upbeat contestants. In fact, the store was the venue for their instant restaurant called "The Cornered Greek". Stuss brings the same contagious optimism and joy that he displayed on the show to this sweet suburban store.
Stuss Read serving up greek treats Photo courtesy Mythos Corner Store facebook page
How will I know it when I see it? The blue and white exterior facade of the shop, with two potted olive trees and mosaic tiles, pays homage to the Greek heritage of its namesake. A row of bouganvillea plants line the side wall facing the street which will bring a stunning burst of pink when in bloom. Stepping up to the counter of the store, the first thing I notice is a large Greek flag hanging proudly at the entrance.
Behind the counter is a tiled, vintage collection of magazine covers from popular titles. I spotted a 70s or maybe 80s picture of English crooner Bryan Ferry and then INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence. Whilst in the background my ears were treated to the sounds of Greek music filling the room.
To the left of the counter is a refrigerated display cabinet offering a selection of home-made Greek biscuits, cakes and treats including Greek, not Turkish, Delight and baklava, which viewers will remember was the dessert baked for Pete, Manu and the guests on MKR.
I couldn't go past the orange cake topped with slivered almonds ($4.50 per slice) to have with my flat white Merlo coffee ($3.50). The cake was a perfect choice being delightfully moist, light and delicious and was a nice companion to my coffee.
The store offers indoor and outdoor seating. Indoors there is lots of room and it has an authentic, eclectic and homely vibe. There's nothing pretentious here. If you do decide to stay in-store, don't forget to wander past the collection of Greek curios and vintage crockery which are fun to find.
My childhood memories of going to the corner store were less about real food or coffee and more about the bountiful collection of lollies and sweet at arm's length near the counter. Well, Mythos Corner Store delivers on the lollye factor. I had heard that they stocked Mint Patties and coconut Golden Roughs so my eyes lit up seeing favourites, that were all within arm's reach. My seven year old self was happy.
A visit to Mythos Corner Store was made easy with ample street parking in this largely suburban locale. If you are dreaming of Greece and want an instant holiday hit without leaving Brisbane, this could be the place for you. Deagon is situated 16kms north of the CBD.