Lady Moustache is a little bit left-of-centre, but unashamedly so. The venue hosts a variety of events, including wedding receptions, vinyl and clothing markets and art exhibitions. Most of the time it’s a cafe and bar focused on hearty South American comfort food.
Food and drink can be enjoyed on the mismatched furniture collected from around Australia by owner Paddy Christensen and his partner, Sam Sepulveda. Couches, tables and chairs have been sourced from antique stores and op-shops. Some items have even been gifted from the homes of generous strangers.
The menu consists of Melbourne-ised takes on traditional dishes from Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Put aside your smashed avocado. Here you’ll find pumpkin sopapilla (a fried pastry), hangover-curing bistec a lo pobre (steak and potatoes with a fried egg) and desgranado (fried egg, cheese sauce, chorizo, bacon, corn and coriander.). The menu also has seasonal specials on rotation.
For dinner, it’s all about sharing. Lady Mo’s meat, veggie or seafood share platters allow for exploration.
Once the sun goes down, the venue makes the transition into a relaxed bar with an extensive cocktail list. It’s distinctly themed – there’s the Freddie Mercury (golden rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, absinthe), the Ron Burgundy (honey-drizzled glass, muddled lime, spiced rum and ginger beer with a splash of ruby port), and a host of other famous moustaches.