21 Hope St
Brunswick, VIC 3056
It feels like as I’m getting closer and closer to making the move to Sydney (it’ll happen January 2018), more and more awesome restaurants pop up in Melbourne to spite me for going away. I’ve made a list of all the restaurants I must visit before I leave, yet despite my best efforts, that list is getting steadily longer, instead of shorter. Not only do I keep adding new places I come across to my list, I’m also very slack about ticking existing places off, in favour of going to try whatever’s caught my interest that week.
Case in point: Lux Foundry is neither new nor on my list, yet somehow I ended up there anyway, despite there being several other cafes I would like to try. Still, that’s not to put down Lux Foundry. It’s been thriving since 2013, and the sprawling, light-filled warehouse with a hint of grunge is reminiscent of the style that was so popular a few years back. But in addition, it also has the added benefit of an enormous courtyard out front, perfect for soaking up the sun with your pooch. And perfect for dog-creepers like me to creep on other people’s dogs because I don’t have one of my own.
Hit me up with that Skinny Flat White ($3.8)! I’m a fan of the Proud Mary blends, and this was balanced, easy drinking that came in a large huggable cup. Chris’ Mork 50% Dark Chocolate ($4) on the other hand was a disappointment. Despite the distinguished Mork name, the chocolate was actually quite powdery and weak, and had none of the richness I was hoping for.
Ever since The Spot, scrambled eggs have entered a Renaissance in my brunching life. The Chilli Scramble ($16) was as good as it gets, the eggs whipped to a creamy, glistening gold. The chilli was mild, but in combination with the fresh Asian herbs, gave the eggs a bright earthiness. On the other hand, I wasn’t a big fan of the chilli jam or the soy pickled mushrooms, as they seemed to fit rather haphazardly with the rest of the dish. Still, it was nothing that 3 sizzling rashers of Andrew’s Choice Bacon ($4.5) couldn’t fix.
As ever, I couldn’t resist the lure of the Brioche French Toast ($18.5). The lightly fried brioche boasted crisp caramelised edges and a buttery centre, topped with fresh berries and espresso mascarpone. What really set this apart was the jar of gooey salted toffee, which clung seductively to every bite of brioche.
Lux Foundry is a solid performer in Melbourne’s brunch scene. The food may not break new ground, but effort has clearly been made to ensure that the menu stays atop of current trends, and feels fresh and interesting. The portions are a little on the paltry side, but all up, it’s certainly a place I would be glad to have as my local.
Rating: 13.5/20 – watch out for dog creepers.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.