‘A home away from home with the comforting food to match’
Nestled amongst Chapel Street’s ever-growing brunching scene lies Lucky Penny – a multi-functional space, with upstairs offering all day function options and downstairs providing cafe delectables & Espresso Martinis from 8am.
The interior has an understated rustic feel about it. From the old fireplace, to the white wash walls and used timber, Lucky Penny offers enough class to keep up with the neighbours but remains edgy at it’s roots to please the passing hipsters.
Inspired by seasonal produce and sustainable urban living, the food is prepared by award winning chef, Noah Crowcroft. The menu offers a range of hot, cold, healthy and hearty choices spread across all day breaky and lunch. For those with a prominent sweet tooth grab the Super Food Bowl ($15.50) and a Smoothie ($8.50), for the savoury fiends among us there’s classics such as Pulled Pork Benedict ($19.50) and for those who just can’t decide, opt for the Tennessee Goodness Chicken Waffles ($19.90).
Personally this morning I woke up on the savoury side of the bed and boy I’m glad I did.
Texas Breakfast Tacos ($20.50) Streaky Bacon, Pulled Pork, Black Beans, Manchego Cheese, Salsa Verde, Scrambled Eggs & Corn Tortillas’
Fun fact – Texas House member Stephanie Klick proposed a bill earlier this year to Texas State Legislature, that the breakfast taco should become the official state breakfast item of Texas. Unfortunately chances are if you’re reading this you’re not from Texas, but fortunately Lucky Penny are here to offer an insight into what your life would be like if you were.
For me the bacon was cooked perfectly – Beautifully charred, yet not too crispy you crack a tooth. The pulled pork was mouth-wateringly tender and the beans seasoned perfectly. Not to forget the deliciously creamy, melt in your mouth scrambled eggs. Maybe Lucky Penny should propose their Texas Breakfast Tacos as their official breakfast item!
Nonna’s Meatballs ($19) ‘Housemade Smokey Wagyu Meatballs, Spicy Tomato Sugo, 24 Month Aged Parmesan with Fresh Baked Foccacia’
Okay Nonna if you’re out there cover your eyes, cause Nonna Penny’s Meatballs could well be the best I’ve had.
The magic in this dish really lies with the meatballs themselves. So juicy in the center, the Wagyu beef just falls in apart in your mouth and releases a gorgeous smokey twang. The tomato sugo was rich and lusciously thick, with the parmesan binding the whole dish together perfectly.
For those who like myself don’t have the patience to eat like an acceptable human, I recommend the double scooping method.
Whether it’s for your next birthday function or just for breakfast with a jug of Pimms, Lucky Penny are here to accommodate. With it’s homely interior and even more so menu, this cafe is a place you’ll be lucky stumble across. You can bet your bottom dollar you’ll be back to Lucky Penny to eat again.
Address: 481 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Monday/Friday: 8am – 4pm | Saturday/Sunday: 8:30am – 5pm
Instagram: @luckypennychapel (https://www.instagram.com/luckypennychapel/)