Christina Higgins and Steve Svensen brought us their perennially packed Armadale cafe Moby at the end of 2016. In 2018, the pair backed it up with Lenny.
Although it stands alone from its predecessor, the duo was led by Moby’s wins. One of those being their choice of Windsor-based design firm Golden to oversee the fit-out. The studio was responsible for Moby’s award-winning interior.
The brief for Lenny: “Something beachy, but not literal.”
Brightly lit with inviting wicker chairs, a pink marble benchtop, and a palette of white and blue, that’s how it feels. Coral accents and a handmade wooden communal table also add to the waterside vibe, but it’s considered and polished, with contemporary light pendants by Australian maker LAAL.
Lenny can seat 90, including outdoor seating on both Victoria Avenue and Page Street. The resort-style umbrellas shade the wide sidewalks and provide a pop of colour.
At Lenny the food line-up is more lunch-focused than at its Armadale sibling. There’s a 16-hour braised-beef-cheek rendang curry, and a pumpkin hummus bowl with lamb kofta. The confit salmon and soba noodles is a stand out. Those familiar with Moby will recognise the superfood salad and chicken bao too.
Similarly, the Mr Lenny smoothie (aka Mr Moby) has been carried over because of its popularity. The cafe is dog friendly too. In fact, it’s a tribute to Svensen’s vizsla, Lenny.