This gorgeous communal style café and shop is one of those rare places where patrons are encouraged to meet and hang out as much as eat.
In fact the pared back menu, to be found inlaid under glass topped tables almost takes a back seat to the rest of the place. Along one wall is a range of costume jewellery (including Elk)for sale, at the front a slim rack of local fashion from ethereal upstairs boutique Frank & Myrth and at the counter a cache of handmade cards and trinkets, while art and music nights are regularly on the cards.
Food wise the pickings are slim but delicious – spanakopita, Thai fish cakes or salmon potato and dill cakes - with a side of fresh salad, or sweet stuff such as chocolate brownies, lemon curd cake, muffins and scones, while the coffee is locally sourced from east Brisbane roastery Abrisca.
But beauty is more than skin deep here - Mei Li’s raison d’etre is more than a business but a generous sponsor of children in poor communities of Sth East Asia.