Mato’s Cafe, a New Place for Brunch and Light Bites Opens in Stirling

A new café specialising in tasty Scottish and Mediterranean inspired breakfast and brunch options has opened its doors in Stirling.

Mato’s Cafe is a family business based in Friars Street and run by father and son Ergin and Max Gul who are originally from Turkey.

The eatery – which caters for both sit-in and takeaway customers – serves a range of delicious homemade meals and snacks including avocado toast, lentil soup, burgers, salads, paninis, flat wraps, omelettes, cakes and desserts.

Breakfast is served all day and features a range of options including filled rolls, a full or half Scottish breakfast, vegetarian breakfast, halloumi toast and pancakes. There are also lunch and evening options as well as plenty of sweet treats and drinks to choose from.

The cafe opened on Saturday June 1 and the owners pride themselves on serving fresh, home-cooked and affordable dishes.

Max says: “We want to stand out with our food which is all fresh – we use nothing processed – and made by my father. We also aim to make everything affordable so people can come along, relax and enjoy a delicious meal or some coffee and cake at a good price.”

Max and Ergin always dreamed of running a business together and so far their partnership is proving a success with Ergin providing the cooking skills and his son working front of house. Ergin’s wife Ketayun is also involved in the new venture creating delicious desserts such as Tiramisu and Baklava.

Ergin says: “I’ve worked in hospitality for many years as a kitchen chef and I’m also a keen home cook. After being laid off during the pandemic, I decided I would open a small café working with my family as I’ve always wanted to have my own hospitality business.” 

he family, who live in Glasgow, found the perfect premises on Friars Street in the shop previously used by a café called Valentino’s.

They spent time transforming it into their cosy café with Ergin, who is a skilled joiner, and Max carrying out the refurbishment work themselves.

Max says: “It was quite run down when we got the keys so we changed the décor and painted the whole place. My dad is a joiner as well as a cook so we were able to work together to make the cafe just the way we wanted it and we also created the café sign and hand-painted it together.”

Ergin was keen to call the café Mato’s after his late father who was also a talented cook and joiner and the name has proved a great talking point with customers.

a small triangular slice of creamy white cheesecake on an orange ceramic plate next to a tea in a white cup and saucer. Tea is red and tea bag is still in the cup.
chicken salad in a cardboard takeaway box - slices of grilled season chicken on a bed of lettues, tomatoes and slices of red onion by Mato's Cafe in Stirling

He says: “I used to have a joinery business which was called Mato’s Joiners so calling the café Mato’s seemed a good way to remember my father and a lot of people have been asking about the name.”

The family have enjoyed a positive reception since opening Mato’s Café which has five tables inside and five outside.

They launched their Summer Menu 2024 on opening day and plan to adapt and change the menu according to demand.

Max says: “We will look at demand and see what’s more popular and are already planning to sell ice cream later in the summer and to look at introducing some Turkish food in time. So far everything is going well and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to bring our experience together. I’ve been working on the branding and covering front of house while dad is a great cook and my mum makes lovely desserts so we make a good team.

It’s early days but we’ve been pleased with the reception we’ve had so far with local people and tourists coming in and customers being positive about the food we offer.We want to serve tasty, fresh food and share our family’s expertise with customers and we’re enjoying h aving the chance to do that.”

Mato’s Cafe, based at 22 Friar’s Street, is open from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday, from 8am until 8pm on Saturday and from 9am until 3pm on Sunday. 

The café has website – which features the full menu and other details about the business – www.matoscafe.com

And there is a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/matos.cafe – and an Instagram page – www.instagram.com/p/C7tIF8BMrx-/

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