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Muffin...the fifth member of the Beatles? Happy ever after in the marketplace, this bakery and café is making it OK to eat cakes for breakfast

Witness the humble muffin’s rise to stardom at this Wooloongabba café. Owner Adrian, who is also the barista, co-baker, sous chef, and (as often seems to be the trend these days) an ex-lawyer, pulls small batches of jumbo muffins out of the oven. He chats to a steady stream of professionals and students while preparing their Di Bella coffees, and serves babycinos to the nappy-wearing patrons.

At Desmond and Molly Jones (a Beatles lyric by the way, in the unfortunate case that you're not well versed in Beatleism) they treat the muffin like a main dish, serving it on a large plate with cutlery and an accompanying relish or sauce on the side. The crunchy dome seals in the the buttery and moist base and inventive ingredient combos like pear, almond and chocolate makes a flavoursome dessert-for-breakfast. If you prefer savoury, go for something like the Danish feta, tomato, and thyme muffin served with a zingy tomato and onion relish.  

Muffins come as an everchanging stream of daily specials (surprise is half the fun, right?) but the regular menu features a small but colourful selection of world-inspired dishes at student-friendly prices. They don't skimp on the good stuff. Smoked salmon, avocado and feta salad is peppered with cumin seeds and tossed with a heap of fresh rocket and coated in a light, creamy dressing. It's refreshing and filling.

Contemplate slanted paintings hanging on exposed brick walls and admire the charming tabletops fashioned from salvaged doors as you hunt for muffin-crumb escapees. There's extra seating in the back room, where the painted cement floors feel at odds with the comfy vintage furniture. We chose an outdoor table in the front, shielded from the noisy Stanley Street traffic by a wall of viney foliage, and enjoyed a smooth latte while soaking up some morning rays. Obla-di, obla-da...

Updated on 1 Oct 2015.

By Alexandra Nardi   |  

Desmond and Molly Jones details

615 Stanley St , Woolloongabba 4102

Telephone 07 3162 5797

Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm

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