Lights in the Attic
Closed Temporarily – due to re-open in mid-August 2017, after renovations.
You won’t have to climb flights of stairs to arrive at this attic, which is located at the base of a large residential building. Due to its low exposed ceilings, operator Kevin Li was reminded of an attic the first time he saw the space. He knew he needed to add lights to brighten up the interior, hence the name. Still, it’s far from gloomy, with a large windowed facade brightening the white-tiled interior and timber fittings.
Li has come a long way from his days working in IT. He’s helped establish a number of Melbourne cafes and owns Korean eatery Nine and Three Quarters in Prahran.
On a white Synesso Hydra, his baristas serve a blend by 5 Senses. Cold drip and iced coffees are also available alongside a range of premium teas and cold-pressed juices.
The menu is unusual. Outside of headings such as “big breakfast”, “light breakfast” and “salad”, there’s a full page of stand-alone ingredients, each individually priced. These go well beyond the usual extras – there’s kransky sausage, five sauces and eight toast spreads.
Of the assembled dishes, the undisputed highlight is the Bird Nest, where a basket of woven French fries protects oozing Scotch eggs and a base of chilli beans and kransky. The Attic Pizza takes a garlic roti and tops it with fried egg, bacon, blue cheese, nuts and pomegranate. And on the side? Sweet-potato chips and maple syrup.