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The Crew Behind Abbotsford's Au79 Have Unveiled Two New Cafes and a Wine Bar

The popular cafe has teamed up with apartment brand Home to launch sleek new venues in Richmond and Southbank.
By Libby Curran
June 17, 2022
By Libby Curran
June 17, 2022

After five years spent winning over the brunch-loving masses of Abbotsford, multi-talented eatery Au79 has spread its wings and added to the family, opening the doors to not one, but three new venues.

The team has joined forces with the minds at build-to-rent apartment brand Home, which now plays host to new Au79 cafe outposts at both its Richmond and Southbank locations. And what's more, a wine bar is also on the way.

Set on Bridge Road, Home's Richmond Traders precinct is the setting for Au79's second Home cafe, showcasing the brand's signature breads and baked goods, house-roasted coffee and brekkie fare. Roll in here for kimchi scrambled eggs with Sichuan chilli oil, a croque monsieur with black truffle bechamel, or the cranberry chicken sanga with basil and avocado.

Au79 Richmond, by Instant Crush

A more recent addition is its sibling, the Au79 Café and Eatery in the lobby at Home Southbank, which boasts a light-filled space and sleek AA Studio fitout, all-white archways and shimmering metallic accents. Here, an all-day menu features plates like prawn benedict on charcoal brioche, a salmon and pea risotto, and the quinoa salad spiked with turmeric cauliflower and broccolini.

Front counters displaying dreamy house-made pastries are a fixture of both sites, laden with buttery danishes, almond croissants, cupcakes and cookies.

Au79 Southbank, by James Geer

But the new projects don't end there — this winter, Home Southbank will also open the doors to Au79's first-ever wine bar concept, The Green Room. The feel here is set to be modern Australian meets Italian, with the space featuring moody lighting and cosy booth seating.

Chef Daniel Cormick (Mulberry Group, Coombe Yarra Valley) has designed a menu of bar bites and larger, dinner-friendly options. You'll be able to breeze in for an after-work vino matched to freshly shucked oysters and the daily arancini special, or settle in over the likes of a black truffle and wild mushroom risotto, and chargrilled whole fish paired with heirloom tomato.

Home residents don't even have to venture outside their apartments to get their Au79 fix, either. The cafes run a room-service-style offering, as well as catered private dining options.

Find Au79 Cafe at Richmond Traders, 240 Church Street, Richmond. It's open daily from 8am–6pm. Au79 Cafe and Eatery, and The Green Room Wine Bar are located in the lobby of Home Southbank, 260 City Road, Southbank, with the cafe open daily from 7am–2pm.

Published on June 17, 2022 by Libby Curran
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