Cafe Lafayette is a Port Melbourne cafe with the fortunate aspect of 180 degree views of Port Melbourne beach, passing cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania.
The interior reflects its surroundings with a calming palette of white, wood and soft green, blue and yellow.
The all day brunch menu comprises cafe standards and Asian elements.
The French toast is a thick slab of eggy bread with raspberry infused mascarpone, fresh fruit and pistachios. For $16.50 my gripe is that really it should be served with more than one slice of toast.
The housemade granola is as pretty as can be and so generously proportioned that it could easily serve two ($16.50).
I have the matcha hot cakes ($15.50) which are served with a very similar accompaniment to the French toast and granola – berry compote, honeycomb, vanilla mascarpone, red bean crème and sprinkling of pistachio. Maybe I am just drawn to the same ingredients but it feels a bit like menu deja vu!
As they bill themselves as an ‘Asian-fusion’ cafe you will find a dim sum selection on the menu. I try one of the bao with braised pork bell, which was a bit heavy-handed in flavour for my taste though the bun casing is delightfully soft.
Cafe Lafayette is also one of the few places in Melbourne where you can try a raindrop cake, a New York via Japan food trend. Essentially it’s jelly that’s lightly flavoured, not really my style but very Instagrammable!
Cafe Lafayette is a great option if you’re around Port Melbourne beach and need to make a pit stop. It brings some unique flair to beach eats and makes a relaxing location for a lazy brunch.