When rumour started swirling of a Star Wars-themed café (whaaa?) opening in Brisbane, let’s just say things got a little out of hand early on. Public calls for the grand opening to be on May the 4th, thousands of comments on social media… The people of Brisbane were excited. Fact.
And, with the opening of Death Star Canteen, a revival of this town’s sense of humour returned. I mean, who wouldn’t want to drink their tea from an R2D2 teapot?
If you’ve been living under a rock this past forever and you somehow do not know the cultural relevance (read: hilarity) that is Death Star Canteen, watch the skit below and expand your minds for the sake of your soul (unless you don’t like or understand the humour of legendary comedian Eddie Izzard or Lego, in which case don’t bother).
From the guys behind the much-loved Glen’s Espresso Cart in the CBD (you’d recognise his tongue-in-cheek A-frame jokes anywhere), comes Death Star Canteen; a café completely designed around a comedy bit, and it’s great!
Death Star Canteen’s décor is a loveable nod to the fictional mobile space station-come-superweapon and to Izzard’s iconic ‘Death Star Canteen’ stage bit. From Death Star-shaped flower vases, to a Stormtrooper wall mural and a relaxed member of the dark side relaxing in a hammock, this is subtlety folks (no light sabers or Yodas in sight!).
Star Wars garb aside, you’re here for sustenance (or to challenge someone to a fight to the death), of which there is plenty to choose. Breakfast includes crowd-pleasing options like house-made bircher muesli, smashed avo, eggs all of the ways, plus toast with a plethora of spread options. Oh and coffee, they do a mean coffee.
For lunch, there is of course the ‘Penne Arrabbiata’ (endlessly funny, if you’re familiar with the sketch), with a small but delicious selection of focaccia, soups and salads for people who take lunchtime seriously.
With a focus on locally sourced and ethically produced, Death Star Canteen is more than just for laughs; the menu is well thought through and jammed with local loves (Mondo Organics and Banneton to name just a few).
We do strongly suggest ordering a Darth Vader cookie before you go. Taking a bite out of Lord Vader’s head is rather satisfying.
You’ll need a tray with that of course…
Image credit: Yaseera Moosa, Miles Ruge