The Chesterville Road shopping strip in Bentleigh East was stale for a while, with no cafe truly serving the locals hungry for more until Astroluxe came along.
Stu and Tanya Billard, who co-own the cafe with Tanya’s brother Adam Nicholl, were the operational partners at the CBD’s Riverland for 10 years, but after having their first child they needed to shift to a more family-friendly lifestyle.
Diners will see hints of Middle Eastern, Asian and American flavours sprinkled across the menu. Dishes include poached eggs with a baba ganoush and walnut labne; a four-grain porridge with carrot juice, ginger and rhubarb; and for lunch, Louisiana-style spiced pulled-pork tacos with caramelised pineapple. A kids menu is also available, aiming to serve an area saturated with schools.
Coffee is by Five Senses, a carryover from Nicholl’s five years at Pillar of Salt. Then there's Prana Chai (which is made in Bentleigh), smoothies, milkshakes and teas. On Thursday nights the venue stays open for tap beer, wine and cocktails.
The 70-seat space is fitted with blue-tartan banquette seating and custom-made steel lights that enhance the interior’s “gelato-toned” baby pink and light grey walls.