After saying goodbye to their tiny Elsternwick cafe, Milky Joes, Adrian Van Lieshout and his business partner Dorian Padgham decided it was time to open venture on Chapel Street.
The space is notably larger than the petite surrounds of their original cafe and the boys have had a great time fitting it out. Van Leishout built most of the furniture by hand, giving the space a true laidback American-style diner feel.
The menu is all about America, with burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, flattop dogs, curly fries and mascarpone mac ‘n’ cheese on offer.
For lunch, the generous Asian pork sliders with sesame slaw and chipotle are a winner. And if you’re looking for a breakfast to get you through the day, try the steak and eggs (8oz rib eye, poached eggs and béarnaise), a breakfast of champions.
While there’s no doubt this is boys’ cafe, feminine touches like fine china from Van Lieshout’s aunt and freshly baked jam doughnuts hint at Parlour’s softer side.
All this place needs is a jukebox and our Happy Days dreams will be satisfied.