Another cafe rockin the streets of Brunswick. They seem to be opening up left right and centre in the Brunswick hood, but the Lux Foundry which marries quality service and true Melbourne cafe culture with all the family friendly ticks, has got staying power that’s for sure.
Located in the old heritage listed Lux factory (that would be stoves not soap), in a backstreet off Sydney Road you’ll find the industrial-cool Lux Foundry cafe. Exposed brick walls, high ceilings, a big rustic communal table and Thonet chairs complete the warehouse fit-out and vibe.
The outside area is huge, with heaps of outdoor seating and room for prams, strollers, bikes, dogs and energetic on-the-go toddlers. Little herb gardens and an original Lux stove on display add to the cafes charm.
Inside the spunky almost all male staff (Ain’t that the truth, there’s some serious eye-candy for Mamma here!) glide about the spacious interior, smiling, seating and greeting or manning the Wega and turning out cup after cup of excellent Genovese coffee.
The staff are very accommodating, friendly and patient with their tiny patrons too, and were more than happy to make a mini hot chocolate (not on the menu) for my 3 year old little miss who has recently graduated up from the humble babycino. “Babycino’s are for babies”.
There’s a number of highchairs on offer, a change table in the loos, and a stack of kids books to flick through before 60 cent babycinos (served in unbreakable/unsmashable Hookturn Industries Bubbacino cups), and eggs with toast soldiers are served. Other brekkie choices for the kidlets include rice bubbles with a baby pint of Jonesy’s full cream milk or for lunchtime munchables a cheeseburger and chippies or ham and cheddar toastie.
Parent-pleasing breakfast items include a warming bowl of porridge with cinnamon poached rhubarb, yoghurt and honey (Mamma loves) or the old faithful Eggs Benedict (Pappa loves), or the decadent Coconut crusted French toast (we all love!). Lunch is all about salads, burgers, pies and paninis, done well using top notch ingredients including La Madre bread.
Giant freshly baked muffins, perhaps apple, walnut and ricotta, mini cupcakes with coloured icing, jars of biscuits, and chunky gingerbread men offer plenty of sweet treat options for morning or afternoon tea.
Lux is fully licensed too, so you are welcome to indulge in a Bloody Mary or Peach Bellini with brunch, glass of wine or bottle of local craft beer with lunch.
The lovely folk at Lux also host the Gumbo Kitchen food truck on a Friday evening, so if you’re in the hood at din-din’s time head on down for some Po’Boy and Gumbo action.