1 Lawson Grove
(03) 9866 3640
Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 5.30pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 6pm
See our most recent blog about The Lawson Grove Store here.
Coffee: Gravity Coffee
“Imagine a cafe tucked away in a suburban leafy street of Melbourne. Imagine a cafe which has an Italian feel of sipping coffee on the sidewalk, the street giving a narrow feeling of tall houses with cars and bikes parked alongside the street. Well this is what The Lawson Grove Shop in South Yarragives to its brunch goers. My long black consisted of Gravity roasted beans, which honestly isn’t my favourite. My long black,however, was excellently brewed with a strong head and a clean, sweat taste to the palate. It was an impressive coffee for a roasted bean that I have had somewhat of a rocky relationship until now.
The menu comprised of generous offerings of an all day brunch and a number of attractive lunch specials. Having just come from a gym session, I was seeking a bounteous breakfast and decided on the Full as a Goog- poached eggs w/ bacon, avocado, tomato, mushrooms and relish [$19.90]. The plating was beautiful with little arrangement necessary to actually consume. The poached eggs were fluffy, the mushrooms were sautéed in the usually balsamic oil but with a spicy taste which was a lovely surprise. The relish was divine as a spread that complemented well with the rest of the plate. While I was satisfied, there was just something missing. Looking closer at the menu, The Lawson Grove Shop has taken normal brunch dishes and evolved them to a high level of delight. For example, Miss SL baked eggs, which I have developed food envy over! But for $19.90, I didn’t feel or see the excitement that other dishes provided. While understandable, the meal is of a simplistic nature and could be labeled as the ‘safe option’, I just believe they haven’t quite hit the nail on the head with my dish in comparison to others.
Would I tell others to come here? Yes. Would I come back here? Yes. The ambiance, food and coffee is worth the drive or walk to share this unique brunch experience.”
“A trek into an unlikely street within South Yarra reveals a tiny cafe tucked in amongst the unsuspecting houses. I liked the vibe of the place immediately – very casual, very cool. Inside revealed a beautiful wooden decor with quirky little pieces, such as a gigantic peacock by the front counter.
The brunch menu offered a delectable range of choices – everything somewhat standard but with a twist. For example, the French Toast with maple glazed bacon, maple syrup, ice cream and poached peaches [$13.50] and the Chipotle Scramble with cheese and avocado [$16.50]. But today I was after something daring and hearty, and I was taken by the Baked Eggs with Italian meatballs, tomato, basil and smoked scamorza [$17.50] and a soy latte. My coffee was perfectly blended, albeit missing the fancy decorative design on top and accompanied my meal to come perfectly.
To say my baked eggs was something different is an understatement. Usually baked eggs have a Middle Eastern influence, but this one tasted legitimately Italian. The baked tomato sauce was rich and bursted with flavour, and the meatballs tasted home-made. The egg was perfectly baked atop a layer of cheese, gooey in the centre yolk. This meal was magnificent to say the least, and could only have been made better with some higher quality bread.
Mr LB and I often like to indulge ourselves in what we like to call ‘brunch-dessert’, and with adorable Little Gingerbread Men [$0.50], who could say no? I have to say that it’s been a long time since I’ve had gingerbread, but these little men were a delightful way to end a meal in a very light way.”
Final thought: “Little Italy in South Yarra”