LUCY LOCKETT, BRUNSWICK: A spacious, backyard-type cafe in the ultra-tredny suburb of Brunswick, Lucy Lockett is a very relaxed and hipster brunch establishment, featuring some of the largest dining tables I’ve seen for two people – making it a very comfortable and perfect Instagram-brunch-spread-photoshoot opportunity. The menu features a range of classic brunch menu choices, with a focus on special market juices, as well as a few pastries and dessert choices. The chai latte and iced mocha we got were delicious in their own right, and the icecream on my mocha made it a perfect thirst quencher for the hot Melbourne day outside.
Sunnyside Up (Orange, Coconut Water, Pineapple, Passionfruit) – $7.0
Orange, Mango and Passionfruit Juice – $7.0
Croissant Benedict w. House made Hollandaise, Poached Egg and Smoked Salmon
The good fat: So interesting to have a croissant benedict! I’ve been eating my fair of eggs benedict these days which is why I was a bit hesitant to try this one – but seriously, have you ever seen a croissant benedict before? It seems that Melbourne brunch places are turning to all sorts of new ideas and twists to jazz up the classic breakfast. We opted for the smoked salmon option (of course) and were treated to two nicely loaded portions of salmon on top of crispy, just baked croissants with a layer of cheese wedged between. The salmon was fresh and tasty, the smoothness of its texture complement the crunchiness of the croissant well. The egg was poached perfectly too!
The bad fat: For me, the quality of eggs benedict comes 80% from its hollandaise sauce but this one was a bit of a letdown. It was really bland and I couldn’t really taste it at all. It definitely didn’t add much to the dish, perhaps just a bit of moisture and really let everything down.
Zuchinni and Sweet Corn Fritters w. Feta, Chilli Relish, Tomato Salsa and Poached Egg – $19.0 (+ avocado for $4.0)
The good fat: I guess I can’t even really be considered a brunch expert if I’ve never had fritters before… so it was up to me to quickly rectify that! Maybe because this was my first time, or maybe just these fritters were actually really delicious – I can’t wait to try fritters again! They were so delicious and crispy on the outside as they had been fried perfectly, but smooth on the inside with a tasty mash of zucchini and sweet corn. Just something about the two different textures made it very magical for my tastebuds. The feta gave a savoury kick and the crunchy refreshingness came from the leaf salad. We added avocado on the side and it was presented so beautifully!
The bad fat: The poached egg I feel was a bit unnecessary in this, as it seemed a bit out of place and the egg yolk wasn’t really soaked up by anything. I feel like with an amazing sauce, the fritters could’ve been lifted to a higher level – the sauce tasted pretty standard/store bought so I wish there was a stronger hint of chilli to give everything that additional boost of flavour.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
Yes – A casual brunch place that is nice and spacious to catch up in if you’re around the Brunswick area