Sasha Krivitsky and daughter Jacqui Alexander have just opened Common Ground L.E.S in Balaclava, a new addition to their existing roastery and cafe in Ormond.

Alexander and Krivitsky, whose family emigrated from Russia following World War II, bring a warm, old world sensibility to Common Ground L.E.S, their new cafe located in the heart of Carlisle Street.

In the new cafe, Krivitsky and Alexander seek to recreate the homely feel of a New York-style Jewish deli, with toasted bagels and traditional Russian savoury treats like pirozhki (doughy dumplings) and blintzes (Jewish crepes) doing a good job of evoking this atmosphere.

And unlike the characteristic mayhem of Balaclava, where the ongoing battle between road traffic and pedestrians is raging as always, the interior of Common Ground L.E.S is a peaceful and personable space. With a light brick interior playing off wooden benches and stained glass windows, this is a place to take your time, find a moment of reprieve from the chaos of the outside world and rediscover a bit of that old world comfort.

Common Ground L.E.S
298 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
(03) 9973 3215

Mon to Fri 7am–5pm
Sat & Sun 8am–5pm

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