LULU Cafe & Gallery
506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
03 9326 4494
The charm of Europe’s quaint cafes has never been so close. LULU Cafe & Gallery brings a Parisian touch to Queensbury Street in North Melbourne.
LULU Cafe & Gallery pays homage to Louise Brooks, one of the original flappers. Known for her dark eyes and distinctive bob, Lulu became a model of the rebellious modern woman during the 1920s and ’30s. Inspired by her story, Roger Karge and Panagiota Kagkali developed LULU Cafe & Gallery to embody plenty of its namesake’s traits – chic, stylish, artistic and captivating.
Stop by any time of day to enjoy European-inspired fare with a distinctive Melbourne twist. Start your day with smashed avocado on sourdough toast, topped with eggplant creme fraiche, salsa verde, coriander and a kick of chilli. LULU Cafe & Gallery’s French toast is filled with flavours of its home country, with lavender and grapefruit ricotta, nut praline and maple syrup. Coffee is provided by Tin Man, however, with a range of gourmet tea and hot chocolate available, you may want to venture beyond your usual skinny flat white.
A classic croque monsieur is a hit for breakfast, brunch or lunch. Quality sliced ham is paired with three different types of cheese and just a hint of Dijon mustard. More substantial options include a whole poussin roasted with lemon, fennel, sage and thyme. While French food is known to be indulgent, lighter options like the caramelised pear and cress salad are also available.
During the evenings, LULU Cafe & Gallery takes on a more modern interpretation of European cuisine. The seasonal menu changes frequently and is designed to share. Depending on when you visit you may find yourself indulged in a serving on mussels with kimchi, n’duja and lupin flakes, or asparagus with stracciatella, rye and grilled scallions. More traditional options include a Sicilian pesto with tortellini with caponata and almonds while another Sicilian dish, pork belly with mole, fennel and pistachio, has also proved itself as a popular choice.
Pair these with a selection from the wine list, filled with boutique drops. Yarra Valley favourites include a Nunc Pinot Gris or Toolangi’s smooth Pinot Noir. You’ll also find prosecco from Venice, a rosé from Cotes de Provence and reds from Spain. If you prefer a cold beer, take a peek at the offerings from some local craft breweries including Little Creatures and Hargreaves Hill.
Save room for dessert, where seasonal fruits shine brightly. Think ricotta brambleberries with an intriguing combination of charcoal and elderflower or enjoy pineapple with chilli, buckthorn and dark chocolate.
Once you’ve enjoyed your European-inspired feast, head through to the gallery where you’ll find captivating exhibitions from global and local artists. Keep an eye out for the “Food Exhibitions”, which will pair with the current art exhibitions. Authentic Greek cuisine such as stuffed calamari with rice and herbs, chili and lime sauce will
Be sure to keep an eye on their”Food Exhibitions”, which are designed to complement the ongoing art exhibitions. The first menu will boast authentic Greek cuisine including stuffed calamari with rice and herbs, chili and lime sauce.
Although named after a stylish star, LULU Cafe & Gallery has taken a flair of its own, with festive food in fascinating surrounds.