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.
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 Soul, 2wo Fat Girls, fo0die (freebie), hungry cookie (possible freebie), Melbourne Vita (possible freebie), Feed Blog Spot (freebie), and The Penguin Eats (freebie).
140 Barkly St, Brunswick
food, drinks pt 1, drinks pt 2
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.