OUR STORY

The iconic grounds of Yungaba, where Medley is today located,

had served for many years as an Immigration Centre.

Yungaba was constructed in 1887 and provided shelter to countless immigrants who decided to make Queensland their new home. So as to preserve the rich history of the site, at Medley we feel it is our duty to
provide a renewed place for cultural exchange, this time through food.

Migration gave Australia a great gift; diversity of culture and cuisine. New ingredients, different
cooking techniques and exotic spices introduced to the island continent have made
for an exciting culinary evolution.

At Medley we celebrate this great gift of cultural
exchange through our ‘World Inspired Food’ and warm hospitality.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

"Hospitality is the contemporaneous exchange designed to enhance mutual wellbeing for the parties involved
through the provision of food, drink and accommodation".

We believe in genuine and warm hospitality driven by the motive of duty to please others, deeply inherent in
human nature.

OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Nick Pavlakis / Owner-General Manager (Customer Relations)

On behalf of my wife and I, I am thrilled to announce that we have recognised full ownership of Medley Café & Restaurant. Having been involved with the establishment of the business in early 2015 it has been a challenging yet wonderful journey to date. It is one we wish to continue with much love, focusing on establishing Medley as one of Brisbane’s most loved destinations.
Our passion for food and hospitality lies deep in our roots. Having been raised to Greek and Chinese parents respectively, it was often a joy growing up with our respective families entertaining family and friends, brought together around the dining table. Fond memories live on and the parties now are a melting pot of three wonderful cultures.
Medley, a synonym for ‘diversity’, was fittingly born from the history of its magnificent location, once a gateway to Queensland for thousands of migrants who decided to call Queensland home. Similarly, our parents were a part of this journey having settled in Brisbane, Australia in the 1960’s and 2000’s. Our continued inspiration comes from our love affair of Chinese and Greek cooking, our journeys abroad, the wonderful team at Medley and the abundance of produce we are blessed with here in Queensland.
Serena’s hometown of Wuhan, Hubei is a culinary hotspot as is my parent’s island homeland of Crete. Both have provided much interest for our home cooking and culinary philosophy. Another instrumental marker has been my father’s tenure as a Busboy at the legendary Kahiki Supper Club located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The story of the Kahiki Supper Club is truly special and an important source of continued inspiration. Our mark of hospitality can be traced through our ancestry. Many would recognise the legendary Cretan hospitality which is an instrumental marker for the service provided at Medley. This together with the easy-going Australian way of life makes for a very special experience.
We are absolutely passionate about making Medley synonymous with a wonderful experience and we hope you can join us on our wonderful journey to make Medley a place where we can all feel like ‘family’ through our love of good food and our warm hospitality.
We would like to thank all those valued guests who have supported us over the years and we look forward to sharing the future of Medley with you. Please join us as we embark on the evolution of Medley and the exciting changes that we have in store.
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Narayan Babu Thapa / Restaurant & Events Manager

Narayan Babu Thapa, equipped with RMLV and Liquor Approved Manager, boasts a distinguished career marked by unwavering leadership in the food and beverage sector spanning 17 years. Embarking on his new role as Restaurant & Events Manager at Medley Kangaroo Point from March 1st, 2024, Narayan brings a wealth of experience and expertise.
His professional journey includes over a decade of service at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, followed by four years with Accor hotels, where he held pivotal positions such as Food and Beverage Duty Manager at The Sebel, Brisbane City. Furthermore, his tenure as Bar & Function Operations Manager at The Point Brisbane Hotel and roles as shift manager at Ahmets Turkish Restaurant and Bar Supervisor at The Spaghetti House Trattoria further enrich his versatile skill set. Narayan's commitment to excellence and dedication to ensuring exceptional guest experiences shine through in his proven track record. His adeptness in navigating fast-paced environments and solving challenges on the
fly, coupled with his customer-centric approach, uniquely positions him to elevate Medley's dining experience.
Driven by a passion for fostering a sense of familial warmth and delivering outstanding hospitality, Narayan aims to make Medley synonymous with unforgettable moments. His leadership style, grounded in leading by example, aligns seamlessly with Medley's values of excellence, innovation, and genuine hospitality.
Narayan is deeply committed to embodying Medley's philosophy of hospitality, viewing it as a conduit for enriching mutual wellbeing through the provision of food and beverages. With a genuine desire to please others ingrained in his approach, he is poised to cultivate an environment where guests feel like cherished members of the Medley family.
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Ayaka Yoshi / Duty Manager (Customer Relations)

Meet Aya, a fun, lively individual from Japan who loves fashion, photography and socialising on weekends! Aya holds our current role of Assistant Manager. 

Aya was born in Sendai, Japan and  came to Australia at age 26 to study English. Aya has extensive experience in hospitality and has  worked at many of Brisbane’s best cafes and restaurants, gaining impressive skills in bar work, fast service and great coffee.   

Aya is an experienced barista with exceptional skills and has taught many of our team members the art of making coffee that is beautiful in flavour and flair. 

Aya came to medley as a casual staff member and when the opportunity arose to step up into team leadership and restaurant management there was no better consideration. 

You will predominantly see Aya running our breakfast, brunch and lunch service. She knows each and every one of our regular customers as old friends, and welcomes you to Medley every morning with fresh enthusiasm and energy.

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Clint Dixon / Maître d'hôtel (Customer Relations)

Clint is a seasoned professional with an impressive 35-year career in customer service. With his wealth of experience and dedication to delivering exceptional service.
Throughout his career, Clint has developed a deep understanding of the importance of customer satisfaction. He firmly believes that a memorable dining experience is not just about the delicious food, but also about the way customers are treated and how their needs are met. With this mindset, he is committed to ensuring that every guest at Medley receives the highest level of personalized service.
Clint’s passion for customer service is evident in his attention to detail and ability to anticipate the needs of diners. He takes pride in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where guests feel valued and cared for. Whether it's greeting patrons at the door, assisting with seating arrangements, or providing recommendations from the extensive menu, Clint ( or better known as “dicko” ),ensures that every interaction is accompanied by a genuine smile and a genuine desire to enhance the overall dining experience.
As part of the awesome team at Medley, Clint leads by example and instils a strong focus on customer service among the staff members. He believes in empowering the team to go above and beyond to exceed customer expectations, promoting a culture of excellence and hospitality throughout the restaurant.Medley promises not only a delectable culinary journey but also an unforgettable dining experience where customer service takes centre stage.

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Sagar Pokhrel / Senior Chef 

Meet Chef Sagar, a gifted chef from Nepal who is in charge of preparing, cooking, and overseeing of the culinary genius' behind the delectable food in the Medley kitchen. He is the one of the Chef's behind the creation of the tasty and aesthetically pleasing dishes.
Chef Sagar spent ten years working as a chef
in various hotels, restaurants, and cafés in Brisbane. Everyone on our team is thrilled to be working with a young, talented chef who is knowledgeable about a broad variety of cooking techniques, ingredients, and flavour combinations. In addition to his amazing cooking skills, he has a great sense of leadership. He assists and watches over the other kitchen staff members. He also offers guidance, mentoring, and support to ensure the smooth operation of the kitchen. Additionally, he helps in developing new menu items and recipes.
He states, "My kitchen serves as my canvas, my
stage, and my haven in addition to being a place of employment. I put not only my skills but also my heart and soul into every dish I make. Not only does the food make our guests smile, but it also instils pride in our team, which is why I put in so much effort into it. I cook with passion, and every dish I serve is fuelled by my love for what I do and my dedication to our restaurant."
Chef Sagar is excited to express his creativity and impart his culinary expertise to the Medley team and our visitors.
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Sharni Franken / Senior Chef de Partie

Meet Chef Sharni, a culinary enthusiast originally from the vibrant landscapes of
South Africa who has brought her expertise to Australia three years ago. With her
roots deeply embedded in South African culture, Sharni brings a unique perspective
and an authentic touch to her culinary creations. Her passion for cooking
encompasses a wide array of cuisines, with a special love for preparing traditional
South African dishes.
Since making Australia her home, Sharni has embraced the opportunity to infuse her
dishes with a blend of her South African heritage and the rich culinary influences she
has encountered along the way. Her culinary journey reflects her adventurous spirit
and desire to explore diverse flavours and techniques, resulting in a fusion of taste
experiences that truly delight the senses.
When she's not orchestrating culinary magic in the kitchen, you can find Sharni out
and about, embracing her adventurous spirit. She's a lover of hiking, seeking out
breathtaking trails that take her to new heights. The beach is her happy place, where
she can soak up the sun and let the salty breeze invigorate her senses. And, of
course, Sharni is always up for a foodie adventure, exploring the latest hotspots in
town, uncovering hidden gems, and raising a toast at the trendiest bars and
restaurants. But perhaps her greatest joy comes from spending quality time with her
fur niece, Coco.
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Saroj Giri / Chef de Partie

Chef Saroj is originally from Nepal and started his journey here in Australia five years ago. He has been enjoying his journey and employment as a chef which have brought him great fulfillment. He loves challenges such as those in his culinary profession whereby he sets himself goals and works hard to achieve those goals.
As a dedicated chef at Medley, you can find him infusing his passion and creativity into every dish. Always keen to learn everyday, being a part of our customers' dining experience and imparting his personal knowledge within the culinary team.
With a love for sports, Saroj enjoys both watching and playing various sports. His curiosity extends beyond the culinary world, in which he maintains interest in astrophysics, constantly seeking to understand the mysteries of the universe. One of his revered theories is the 'string theory'.
Catch him at Medley taking you on a culinary journey of flavours and taste sensations from the far east and beyond!

OUR PARTNERS

Sylvia's Fine Foods - our very own Greek mother baking delightful Greek and modern treats in authentic home-style fashion (website launching in future - stay tuned!)

Paradox Wines - distributor of Domestic and International premium and semi-premium wine categories

Providore Princess - Providing market fresh locally sourced produce daily

Fish Factory - We are driven by our family values and bring a passion and energy to supplying fresh seafood