Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Lucy Lockett IV

November 24 & December 15, 2018


In spite of its veg-friendly menu and proximity to our home, Lucy Lockett has never quite become a regular breakfast haunt of ours. Since we last visited it's changed hands and, if anything, become even more veg-oriented! Of the 20 core dishes listed, 14 are vegan by default, 4 more are vegetarian, and optional meat add-ons are listed to the side (gluten-free options are also marked). 

Staples like granola and smashed avocado are present but overwhelmed with more creative alternatives: tofu and black bean meatballs, smashed peas, savoury waffles, and sweet rice paper rolls stuffed with tropical fruit. Their pun-based names will elicit a measure of chuckles (All I Avo Wanted, Om-E-Lette Ya Finish), yawns (Balls To The Wall, Me-Soooo Vegan) and groans (You A Fun-ghi? Kale Me).

My first order from this new menu was named, prepared, and priced well: the Why So Cereal? granola ($13, pictured above). It was crunchy with nuts and quinoa, topped with strawberry slices, coconut yoghurt and dark chocolate shards.


Michael took on the Not Eggsactly ($17), a plate of toast spilling over with chilli tofu scramble, as well as beans, spinach, cherry tomatoes and a mock-egg seasoning of black salt.


A couple of weeks later, we swung around for more. Michael happily cleared a plate called the Boulevard of Broken Greens ($19): this is a medley of asparagus, broccoli, beans and kale with pesto, chilli, and nut cheese on sourdough toast.


I made slower, but equally happy, progress through B*tch Peas ($19), which was the most popular order in the cafe that day. At its centre is a huge mound of smashed peas with rocket salad, goat feta and a poached egg. It's ringed with potato hash chunks, strips of haloumi, and some dark oily pesto. Magnificent!

Staff at Lucy Lockett are equal parts cheerful and capable, and on a good day there are dogs out front. There's really no reason why we wouldn't continue working through those 18 vegetarian meals.

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You can read about one, two, three of our previous visits to Lucy Lockett. Since that last one, blog coverage has been mostly positive; see Little Fluffy Soul2wo Fat Girlsfo0die (freebie), hungry cookie (possible freebie), Melbourne Vita (possible freebie), Feed Blog Spot (freebie), and The Penguin Eats (freebie).
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Lucy Lockett
140 Barkly St, Brunswick
8388 7138
food, drinks pt 1, drinks pt 2
http://lucylockett.com.au/

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.

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