Wednesday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Thursday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Friday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Saturday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Sunday8:00 am – 3:00 pm.
265 Te Mata Road
Brother. It’s a family-owned business, but the familial concept extends through to customers, staff, suppliers and other local businesses. Everyone who walks through Brother’s doors is seen as part of the family, and over delicious coffee, brunch, small plates in the summer and wine, Brother’s community feel creates a home away from home. Inclusive to everyone, kiddies are afforded their own outdoor play area and furry friends are served their very own puppuccinos.
The master behind Brother’s creation, and now heading up design, operations, marketing and almost everything else, is Halle Evans. Wind back to mid 2022, where three months prior to opening, Halle and her husband, Brynn, welcomed baby Bruce into the world. As Halle sat working and planning in the middle of the cafe’s new fit out, Bruce was bouncing around in his Jolly Jumper. A few short whirlwind months later, that same space is now regularly full of customers, eating, laughing and enjoying themselves.
Brother’s menu is globally inspired yet makes the most of Hawke’s Bay’s incredible produce, championing local suppliers where possible. Dishes draw upon Halle’s childhood in the USA and the couple’s time spent living in the UK and France’s southwest. Picture pastries and canalés in the cabinet, and a glass of wine in the afternoon sun. The beautifully presented brunch menu includes all the standards, but also has options to inspire trying something new and to spark conversation. One such dish is the kimchi waffles: in a stroke of genius, the kimchi is baked through the waffle batter, distributing the flavour evenly throughout. Dietary needs and intolerances are well accommodated, and alternative milks don’t even cost extra - the way they should be!
Close relationships are formed with local suppliers, in particular Third Eye coffee, an incredible small-batch roastery based out of Onekawa with an aspirational ethos grounded in passion and quality. Another source of pride is Brother’s exclusive partnership with Monsieur Macaron, one of the best in the business when it comes to macarons and French pastry. It may have taken a little arm-twisting to convince Monsieur Macaron to finally partner with a cafe, but the family’s passion for rugby and their time spent in France soon won him over. The frozen pastry is supplied by Monsieur Macaron, and Brother’s Head Chef has been carefully trained to prove and bake the pastries to ensure the high standard is maintained and reflective of Monsieur Macaron’s brand.
Brother is housed in a modern, well-lit space with an outdoor patio and views across the vineyard, which is operated by Halle’s brother-in-law, Rhys. The pair work closely together: Rhys helps curate the wine list at Brother, which naturally features his organic Village Vineyards wine (on tap!), along with other local vineyards that offer similar views towards sustainability and organic growing. There is something undeniably special about drinking the grapes grown right in front of you.
The family’s ability to pair Brother with great wine is a fortuitous combination, one Halle and Rhys plan on making the most of. Later in the year, a tasting room is scheduled to open at the back of the cafe, so wine tastings can be enjoyed on the spacious lawn alongside Brother. Come summer time, we hear ticketed events might even be on the cards.
Words by Nicole Mudgway & Photography by Anna Briggs
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