This Murrumbeena warehouse is now a cafe serving brunch pavlova and crackling-stuffed roast chicken rolls.
What was once an unassuming textile factory in the easter suburbs, has been transformed into bright and breezy cafe Levi. It's not so easy to miss now, though — along with a complete interior renovation, the Murrumbeena warehouse has a fresh new eye-catching blue and white facade.
Sporting a chipper fit-out of bright white and blonde timber by design studio Ewert Leaf, the sprawling light-filled space now has room for a huge 170 punters both inside and outside under a retractable roof. Serving breakfast and lunch seven days a week, it has all the makings of a local favourite.
Simplicity proves key across a contemporary menu from Head Chef Emma Jeffery (ex-Gilson, Mammoth). It's a diverse lineup, featuring dishes like a hot roast chicken and stuffing roll, finished with house-made gravy and curls of fried chicken skin ($19), and the Turkish-style chilli eggs matched with peri peri tomato, hot chilli butter and a whipped herb yoghurt ($19). The omelette comes loaded with XO pork, curry leaf, water chestnuts and kewpie ($20), and you'll even spy a breakfast pavlova starring poached peaches, mandarin granita and a hot white chocolate mousse ($17.50). After 11am, you can go all out with a burger ($19.50) or mushroom pappardelle ($21).
The drinks offering is equally broad, headlined by coffee from co-owner Lucas Sproson's own Hallelujah Coffee label. The espresso's backed by a slew of cold pressed juices, smoothies and shakes.
Due to the sheer size of the venue, there's also an added bonus for parents in the on-site kids' zone, decked out with a mini climbing wall, chalkboard, beanbags and books.
Images: Simon Shiff.