All hail the gentrification of Darebin’s far-north, heralded (with little fanfare) by the likes of Lady Bower Kitchen. Or should that be shabbychicification?
Either way, Rezza needs more places like the Lady Bower. It’s located in a pocket of Reservoir (the northern side of Broadway) not exactly synonymous with funky cafes. The popular formula of kitschy, industrial decor, funky and friendly service and a basic menu with eclectic twists, has been put to good use here and is reminiscent of the cafes flooding Northcote, Thornbury and Fitzroy North.
I think the service at the LBK (can I call you that?) is a cut above many of the cafes further south, though. The staff are hip, oh sure they are, but snooty they are not. And they genuinely seem to like kids. At one point, Inky, in an Inky-flavoured ice eating frenzy, bit her tongue quite badly, and no sooner had she let out an ear piercing scream, the staff were onto her, not in a chorus of “Oh get you begone oh snotty nosed noise maker”, but with a cloth to mend her wounded pie-eating muscle. Bless.
The food. This is All-Day Breakfast Territory, people. Seriously.
It could have been that we were starving after 3 hours at Scout’s gymnastics final and would have happily eaten cardboard, but the food was very fine. I could have licked the last morsels from my plate, but you know, ahem, not a good example for the children. Or something.
I had the poached eggs on smashed avocado, seeded toast, sour cream and chilli oil. Excellent flavours and perfectly cooked eggs (firm whites and runny yolks if you must know). Husbando had the Breakfast of Champions, aptly named with poached eggs, bacon, chorizo, meatballs and rosemary-infused mushrooms. He was sweating like a champion after that number.
The menu is limited, even for adults, but the kiddies are reasonably well catered for and can choose from several items such as eggs on toast, and meatballs with turkish bread. Pretty standard fare, but if ma kiddies love it and it’s halfway healthy, then I sure as hell aint complaining. There is a change table in the bathroom. Not sure whether they had high chairs, I was too busy stuffing my face with googs to notice. Sorry about that.
The coffee is really good. They offer a single origin, but I would be hard pressed telling the difference between the bean blend and the single origin. If you are a single origin evangelist, though, we can still be friends. We polished the lunch off with some DIVINE rhubarb cupcakes. F*ck me, they were good (sorry kiddies).
The Lady Bower Kitchen was a tops place to spend a stress-free lunch, as much as that is possible with kids. I would have liked more variety in the menu, but it’s a small criticism. And for it to be less popular so we don’t have to wait for a table, but hey, it’s not all about me.
- What was the bill? Lunch for 2 adults and 2 children + 3 coffees – $65 [cash only].
- Where is it? Lady Bower Kitchen, 1a Marchant Ave. Reservoir.
- How kid-friendly is it? 8/10. Kids menu, empathetic staff, maybe highchairs, change table, BYO entertainment.
* This post is not sponsored. Cafe reviews are the opinion of Melbourne Mum, and meals/coffee are paid for out of my own pocket.