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Review: Lux Foundry, Brunswick

Lux Foundry is a stunner of a brunch venue both inside and out. The menu has just enough creative mixed with old favourites for a refreshing yet reliable brunch

Lux Foundry – The Overview…

Food: Vanilla and Coconut Rice Porridge, Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup, Brioche French Toast

The details…

We made the most of a rare winter sunny day and sat out in Lux’s huge front courtyard. Being on the other side of the train tracks has given them an unrivalled amount of space, both indoor and outdoor, for a Brunswick cafe and it’s easy to see why this place is a popular choice with locals (and their doggies). Indoors it’s a long, narrow softly light cafe with towering ceilings. Outdoors the sun drenched courtyard gives the feel of a microbrewery and you could easily spend hours here in the warmer months.

Coffee at Lux Foundry - Suzie Scribbles

The menu is a good mix of healthy and naughty with dishes ranging from green and grains, or poke bowls, to buttermilk fried chicken waffles. We opted for the vanilla and coconut rice porridge, chicken and sweet corn soup (a special) and the brioche french toast.

Porridge at Lux Foundry - Suzie Scribbles

The porridge has to be my favourite I’ve tried this winter season. It’s very light, both in consistency and flavour. There was a soft sweetness to the dish from the vanilla and coconut nicely balanced with the slightly sour rhubarb compote which was generously spooned into the centre of the dish. It just has a couple of subtle shifts from a classic porridge, but they’re enough to make it a real stand out dish.

Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup at Lux Foundry - Suzie Scribbles

The soup was just bursting with flavour. You can tell by its stunning colour that it was going to be tasty, but wow. I loved the way Lux Foundry had blended so many herbs and spices into it to give a real depth of flavour to this warming dish. The quinoa added a little extra thickness to the dish too, making it even more filling. Let’s hope they keep it as a recurring special in these cold months. 

Brioche French Toast at Lux Foundry - Suzie Scribbles

Finally we squeezed in the French toast. Of the three dishes this was the smallest portion and was a simple sweet dish rather than of the extravagant variety. Topped lightly with fresh fruit and mascarpone with a caramel pour over sauce, the chunky brioche slice is enough to satisfy those sugar cravings but still felt pleasantly breakfasty and not like a dessert. It’s the kind of dish my mum would like – pretty, yummy and uncomplicated. It’s one you can enjoy over and over again. 

Brunch at Lux Foundry - Suzie Scribbles

Lux Foundry should easily be unrivalled in this area for a great brunch experience. It’s the whole package: spacious, gorgeous venue; sweet, friendly staff and a great menu that delivers what it promises, it’s definitely become my go to place for brunch when in Brunswick.

Everything else…


Address: 21 Hope Street, Brunswick

Opening Times: 

Mon        7am to 4pm
Tue          7am to 4pm
Wed        7am to 4pm
Thu         7am to 4pm
Fri           7am to 4pm
Sat           7am to 4pm
Sun         8am to 4pm

Parking:  Being so near Sydney Road, there’s not ample parking nearby, but there’s enough that you should manage to find a space reasonably close.

Getting here on PT: It’s about a 5 minute walk from Anstey station on the Upfield line or a similar walk from Sydney Road trams.

Lux Foundry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Lux Foundry, Brunswick. 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.

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