Before Cafe Lua, the cafe on the corner of Elgin and Drummond streets in Carlton looked dingy and unappealing. It’s now bright, colourful and appealing. Having read Where’s the beef’s positive review, I was keen to try it. I ordered the corn hotcakes with bacon, tomato, avocado and poached egg. It’s a substantial meal and a delicious one, with the coriander pesto working particularly well with the bacon.
With the unfortunate closure of What about food cafe further west on Elgin St, Cafe Lua is a welcome addition to the area. The coffee is good, the service friendly and the cafe is spacious and comfortable.