This place is on the other side of the tracks. You know, the neighbourhood your momma told you not to cross over to… who knew about this whole other world so different from the main streets. Yup, there is always hope for renewal, and makes perfect sense for a fresh change to start from Hope St.
In an area of (relatively) newly minted residential blocks and offices, Lux Foundry resides in a done up heritage building that was once a factory. Blessed with such a fine brick foundation, the amazingly high ceiling and amble skylight makes hanging out in its roomy confines such a wonderful reprieve from the close clutter of Sydney Rd. Modernesque with its provision of Wi-Fi, the outdoor space with bench tables perfect for families in the coming summer months. The frontage is pretty, almost like a wine cellar with its well positioned greenery and clean cut doors. Parking is not a problem with a car park space across the street, and residential parking further down the street.
Lux Foundry offers excellently prepared breakfast and lunch options that is sure to satisfy the yuppie crowd that spurs Brunswick’s turnover machinery. Prices are extremely competitive and attractive. Single origin short blacks are $4. The pretty smoked salmon with cauliflower fritter ($13.90) was served with rocket leaves and capers which all worked together to satisfy my Sunday hunger monster growls.
Unfortunately, the extra poached egg ($2.50) wasn’t that flash as the yolk was teeny tiny, and insufficient to add that extra richness to the salmon. No complaints about the egg white as it was firm and solid as it should be.
I thought the Eggs Benedict looked spot on. Just the right amount of Hollandaise sauce with leg ham off the bone ($13.50). What you ordered is what you get. There are a couple of unusual items on the menu worth considering – the Yemeni breakfast wrap ($14) and the coconut crusted French toast ($16.90).
Overall, Lux Foundry is a great addition to the Sunday Brunch options in the Brunswick area. The service staff are friendly and attentive. The patronage is comprised of a younger crowd with a fair number of young families. Pricing is excellent, the coffee is well-barista’d and food preparation takes place in silvery shiny modern kitchen. Do remember to check out the specials board. I am vastly tempted to return to try their lunch offerings.