You can’t do much better than Queens Court for location. The historic building – modernised with a fresh lick of blush-pink paint – sits proudly on Woollahra’s Queen and Moncur Street junction and is the centrepiece of the surrounding shopping village. When a spot here became vacant late last year, Luxe founder Jonathan Harvey jumped at the opportunity to secure the space for the fourth incarnation of his artisan bakery chain.
“I grew up in Woollahra and worked at Bistro Moncur. I also managed the Jones the Grocer flagship,” Harvey tells us. “Knowing the area well, I noticed there was a lack of accessible, quality food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”
The recently opened Woollahra site is a flagship of sorts, joining two venues in Bondi Junction, a bakery cafe in Newtown and a wholesale bakery in Moore Park. Luxe Woollahra represents a step up for the brand both in size and in scope. Seating spills out from the interior with its marble features into the famous Queens Court courtyard, where the brightly coloured tables are set underneath a purpose-built awning. The space can be booked for private events and functions, as Luxe branches out into specialty catering and events coordination. Bar and dinner services will be added to the venue later this year.
The menu delivers a balanced approach to each meal, with a focus on what Harvey terms, “Health-conscious options,” such as gluten-free, lactose-free and low-sugar offerings. The daily salad bar has proved popular with its simple, modern pairings such as quinoa, kale and cauliflower with heirloom tomatoes. Luxe’s artisan breads are definitely the heroes of the outfit, however. They are served in tartines at lunchtime and at Sunday brunch, covered in chive-strewn scrambled eggs. An expanded dessert menu including ice-cream sandwiches sits alongside LUXE’s famous pastry selection – from lemon-curd tarts to sugar-dusted almond croissants. This is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick me up, or if you feel like knocking off after a long day, LUXE Woollahra is now open for dinner and drinks.
Luxe Woollahra Queens Court, 118 Queen Street, Woollahra
Hours: Breakfast & Lunch: Mon to Sun 7:30am–5pm Dinner & Drinks: Mon to Fri 6pm-Late