Grand Lafayette

8:00am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 7:30pm
9 Clifton Street Prahran 3181

Solar Liang and Monique Wu opened the cosy Cafe Lafayette on Port Melbourne’s beachfront in 2015. In November 2018 they upgraded to the larger Grand Lafayette, an all-day Japanese eatery in a quiet side road just off High Street, Prahran.

It has an all-you-can-eat dinner menu. For $32.80 you can load up on chicken kaarage with black chilli vinegar, bao stuffed with fall-apart pork belly and kimchi-infused teriyaki sauce, salmon tataki with sweet potato chips, and 48-hour slow-cooked Black Angus steak.

The tuna maki is a fun standout. It’s a roll filled with tuna, cream cheese and sakura flakes (made from freeze-dried cherry blossoms), sliced and coated in tempura batter before being deep-fried. This isn’t sushi as you know it.

Over-the-top Freaky Shakes are amped up with made-for-Instagram ingredients such as candied popcorn, mini Kit Kats, pretzels and Nutella. There are also barely-set blobs of jelly topped with flavoured syrups (rose, green tea, mint or straight up brown sugar), known as “Raindrop Cakes”.

The look is seaside-in-the-city. The lofty ceiling leaves most of the pipes bare, and light comes in from the floor-to-ceiling windows that make up the front wall. Murals by artist Danielle Weber adorn the walls – there’s one inspired by latte art, and the other a map of the world. Much of the concrete is left bare, with a few potted plants hanging from steel grills.

Updated: December 6th, 2018

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