Lucy Lockett has been gradually developing over the last 18 months into a thriving suburban cafe, just off Lygon Street in Brunswick East. When we visited it was a beautiful day, with plenty of people choosing to sit outside and enjoy the coffee in the sunshine. It’s been a cafe that’s been finished gradually, making it an odd mix of charmingly adorned and oddly sparse. Lucy Lockett had really developed since our last take-away and seems like it will keep growing and improving as time goes by. We found the service to be relatively prompt, and polite with our being overly friendly. We started with our usual order of lattes. They had a nice flavour and complexity and an attempt had been made at latte art.
When we visited the menu had a lot of your usual cafe fare with some interesting twists. Our first choice was the Smashed Avocado with goats feta and a small salad. Ultimately this dish was disappointing. While the flavours were all there, it lacked the generosity and abundance we were hoping for. There was a very small chunk of goats feta and not really enough avocado for the two pieces of toast it came with.
We also gave the French classic, the Croque Monsieur a try. We were surprised by the presentation, we love the ooze on top and it was a shame to cover it with salad! We loved the richness of the cheese and the creamy bechamel sauce. The big chunks of ham hock and touch of mustard have it an intensely rich flavour. A dash of balsamic would have been great to lift some of the heaviness without taking away from the flavour.
We enjoyed our visit to Lucy Lockett and look forward to watching it evolve and grow.