In a small, nondescript row of shops, lies Astroluxe – a larger than average suburban cafe with an eclectic menu and a great family feel.
Food: Chilli Scrambled Eggs, Smashed Avocado and Waffles
We actually cut down Chesterville Road often as we live nearby, and despite driving past Astroluxe many times (admittedly, usually when it’s closed), I was still surprised how large and comfortable this cafe was. It stretches back a long way, and as well as the communal table and window bar, there’s also many tables for couples and families. It’s a fairly spacious cafe, and thanks to this, we had no trouble getting a table on a Saturday morning, despite it being pretty popular.
The decor is simple and clean with a slightly industrial feel, and we loved the modern strip lighting and dashes of greenery; however, it didn’t have that uber trendy feel and I can see how it’s popular with young families – you can go somewhere nice for brunch without constantly feeling your child is going to break something, or damage the new art installation on the wall. It also doesn’t have the crowded feel of many of the similar cafes along Chesterville Road – honestly if I had kids, this is where I’d bring them – and if that’s not enough to convince you, they also eat free during the week too!
Staff are very friendly, and despite some of them being a little inexperienced they were quick to welcome us and tended to us well throughout our visit, even though it was probably peak time for them. I was impressed to see such a young staff working so well as team and being keen to interact with customers, and I think these guys could really grow into exceptional front of house and wait staff!
The menu is pretty much a run down of all those Melbourne brunch classics: fritters, smashed avo, eggs benedict. There’s also salads and burgers on there giving it plenty of variety. We went for the smashed avo, chilli scramble, and waffles to finish off. The chilli scramble was the biggest hit for us – bright, full of flavour and a generous portion, there was little we could fault with this dish!
The avocado was a slightly smaller portion and we did feel this (and the waffles) were just a touch expensive. It’s a zingy and fresh dish with the olive bread and salty goats curd helping to bring out some really good flavours out and make it a really memorable dish. You probably won’t say it’s the best smashed avo you’ve ever had, but it’s one you’ll be telling your friends they should try as it’s a very pleasurable dish.
Finally, the waffles gave a great sweet finish to our breakfast. The consistency of the waffles is more similar to french toast than a typical waffle, but this doesn’t stop it being an agreeable dish. The caramelised banana was the perfect compliment (I happen to love caramelised banana so I may be a little biased here), and overall this classic dessert breakfast got a tick from us!
Address: 303 Chesterville Road, Bentleigh East
Mon 7am to 4pm
Tue 7am to 4pm
Wed 7am to 4pm
Thu 7am to 4pm
Fri 7am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 9pm
Sat 7:30am to 4pm
Sun 8am to 4pm
Parking: There is some street parking out the front, but if that is full there are plenty of parking spaces in nearby side streets.
Getting here on PT: The 824 and 767 bus routes both run nearby and are your best public transport options.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Astroluxe, Bentleigh. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.