With its yellow lattice awning and brick façade, Annandale’s Lemonia Cafe could easily be mistaken for a federation cottage at first glance.
Launched by Greek brothers Garry and Dion Rodakis, most of the building’s former interior has been cleared, but a pre-loved warmth still remains. Stepping into Lemonia is like a visit to your grandparents' house. Nanna’s beloved books, teapots, cups and saucers are delicately placed on shelves, while grandad’s gardening tools, stepladder and blue tartan shirt and cap are clumsily affixed to the walls. The glossy yellow tables are decorated with quaint sugar jars and vases with fresh flowers, complementing the view of the park next door.
With Harry Kalofonas (formerly of Becasse) at the helm of the open kitchen, the Mediterranean-inspired menu is to be applauded for its vegetarian-friendly touches and creative simplicity. Start mornings with a choice of three organic omelettes: vegetarian with sautéed spinach and sweet cherry tomatoes, Aegean with prosciutto, kalamata olives and roasted red peppers, or the egg white option with baby spinach, leek and dill. For something more substantial, try the Loukanika, a Cypriot sausage with green beans and tomato salsa or the haloumi and chorizo skewers with potato and herb frittata.
Coffee here is Single Origin’s Goldmine blend and tea is not forgotten with an extensive selection of T Totaler’s loose-leaf range. With bread and sweets from Luxe at the counter, alongside the Godakis family’s homemade Greek treats, be sure to get in early on weekends to avoid the crowd.