With a day of Ottolenghi-related cooking ahead of us (blog posts to come soon!), we needed somewhere local for a quick and delicious brekkie. Having overdoses on the Wide Open Road menu recently, it was time for a return trip to Lucy Lockett. There's a steady buzz at Lucy Lockett these days - the outside tables were full when we arrived, and the inside tables gradually filled up while we ate. The menu has changed a bit since our last visit, but there's still an impressive selection, with heaps of vegan and gluten-free options.
We both wound up ordering vegan dishes - with the breakfast salad of felafel, sauteed greens, cashew butter, beetroot and pickled carrot ($16) for me.
This is a pretty lunchy breakfast - some crispy felafel balls on top of a lovely mix of leafy greens, broccolini and asparagus plus a couple of whole mini carrots and some slivers of beetroot and radish. The cashew butter lumped on top was a bit thick and stodgy - I don't really know why you wouldn't go with a straight-up hummus on this dish - but that was my only minor complaint.
Cindy ordered the acai berry smoothie bowl, with granola, whipped coconut cream and fresh berries, plus some micro-herbs and decorative flowers ($14).
The 'smoothie' part of this dish was reminiscent of a deliciously sweet berry soft-serve, with the granola adding some necessary crunch. The micro-herbs and flowers looked pretty, but wound up annoying Cindy more than they impressed her. Again though, this was only a minor complaint and she was otherwise impressed with this dish.
Lucy Lockett really seems to have hit its stride - the menu still has plenty of dishes that I want to sample (the chilli corn fritters with avocado, harissa and lime yoghurt have my name all over them), the staff are friendly and efficient, the coffee's decent and the sweets counter probably needs to be sampled at some stage. We'll be back.
Read about our previous visits to Lucy Locket here and here. Since then, there have been positive reviews on Voyage Collective, inlovewithbrunch and Melbourne Breakfast Diary, while frenchtoastandinidiepop weren't quite won over.
Accessibility: The entry is flat and the interior is spacious. We ordered at our table and paid at a low-ish counter. The toilet is unisex and has a big cubicle and a change table, but access requires negotiating a small flight of steps.