How’s it going café lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I came across Lights in the Attic a few months ago when I was looking up café’s in the Hawthorn area. I loved the name ‘Lights in the Attic’ and after looking at the menu, I loved how different it was to other café menus in the area.
So one Wednesday morning my good friend Beth decided that we’d go and try this café out. I love the Hawthorn area and have been to a number of cafés around there, so I was quite excited to tick another off my list.
Parking wasn’t the easiest and we had to park down one of the side streets. With that, just beware that the parking down the side streets are in a two-hour parking zone. So just remember to move your car if you plan on spending your morning/afternoon drinking coffee and eating good food.
FOOD & DRINKS
Lights in the Attic have a unique menu, with a number of mouth-watering meals to choose from. From a number of interesting savoury meals like ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Wild Forest’ to Beth’s favourite being the French toast.
The following menu photo was taken in July 2016 and might have changed.
I ordered a latte as I usually do when I go out. Both our drinks arrived quite quickly after ordering them. The latte was super hot, which is just what you want on a cold Melbourne morning. The flavours of the coffee were ok and but nothing out of this world. I would have another coffee at Lights in the Attic, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get one.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered a chai latte and we both loved how it was presented. Beth loved that the honey was presented in a separate and easy to squeeze tube, which allowed her to easily put the desired amount without any mess or hassle.
Chai rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the French toast with berries and natural honeycomb. We both thought that it was presented so beautifully. We loved the contrast between the golden brown of the toast against the bright red/pink of the fresh berries.
Beth said that she wasn’t the biggest fan of the French toast as she thought that it was more like scrambled egg mixture stuck to the outside of the toast. She said that the outside of the toast was moist, but the inside was dry, as the mixture hadn’t reached the centre before it was cooked. But at the end of the day that was her personal opinion and it goes down to how she likes to eat her French toast.
But she did like the fresh berries and surrounding components and thought they were light and really complemented the meal well.
I ordered the Wild Forest, which is chilli-scrambled egg, potato made mushrooms on top of toast with free-range bacon, pork floss and crackling.
I’m honestly not normally a fan of scrambled eggs, but I thought that I’d give this dish a try and thought maybe it could change my opinion. After a few bites, I thought that the scrambled eggs were delicious! I loved the chilli that was mixed through the scrambled eggs. It added so much flavour to a dish that can sometimes be so bland.
I LOVED the pork floss and crackling and thought that they added an extra depth of flavour and I loved the different textures that they brought to the dish. The crunch of the pork crackling against the soft and fluffy scrambled eggs was like a party in your mouth. The pork floss just melted in your mouth and with every bite your taste buds were left excited for the next.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We both loved the polished concrete floors and the pale wooded furniture around the café, both complementing each other so well. There were a number of tables inside, but it started to get quite busy as the morning went on. So I can only imagine that if you are planning on going on a Saturday or Sunday that you’d need to go quite early to miss the rush, otherwise you might have to wait.
They also have a number of tables outside next to a few out door heaters. So even on a cold Melbourne day you can enjoy your coffee and meal outside.
The employees at Lights in the Attic were all really friendly and made you feel really welcome when we walked in.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTS IN THE ATTIC
Address: 38 Camberwell Rd, Hawthorn East, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9813 5042
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 3:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Lights in the Attic before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,