Frank and Stef Blefari had a popular, fast-paced cafe in Victoria Square, but there was something missing. They wanted to know their customers were coming because of the full experience.

When they took over aptly named Long Lost Friend from Paul and Makeeley Abraham (of Corner Store Cafe), they felt they’d finally hit the nail on the head. The Blefari brothers feel at home in the all-day cafe, where they can talk to their customers as much as they serve them.

The simple but effective menu is made with extra care to set it apart from others around town. Thus, the cafe cures its own salmon and slow-cooks chilli caramel pork to top its variation on eggs Benedict. You’ll still find your usual brunch favourites, whether you’re the scrambled eggs, salmon and asparagus kind, or you’d prefer buttermilk pancakes with roasted rhubarb and maple mascarpone.

The menu has also adjusted to the growing food trends by way of almond milk smoothies, vegan salads, raw cakes and the nourished bowl – a green salad with nuts and pickled pumpkin. The D’Angelo coffee is optioned with four different kinds of milk.

The venue has a clean look throughout, right down to the white resin on the coffee machine, which matches the bright interior.

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Updated: February 12th, 2019

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