Fo0die dined as a guest of Au79 courtesy of LivenPay and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Arriving at 1pm on a Sunday, we found parking on Langridge Street which was 4P Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sundays. Parking along Nicholson Street, where the venue is located, was also 4P. And if you get desperate, there is ticketed parking and paring at Aldi nearby.
As we approached the venue, we took in the beautiful wall art on the side of the venue. While the exterior had the old red style bricks, the interior on the other hand was contemporary and modern.
The venue is one of the largest we have been to so far and for a very good reason as we walked further into the venue and found the entire Au79 brand working under the one roof.
At the entry is a mini retail area with artisan bread on display at the entrance. As we walked further into the venue we found the Au79 coffee roasting section and the Au79 artisan bread/baking kitchen while the Au79 cafe is happening all around these spaces. The venue is nothing like any venue we have seen before with an indoor garden/glass house feel to the space (just look at the greenery!).
We sat right at the back which is normally a separate function room for events. This section had lovely natural light peeking through the skylights, making this a very comfortable area to sit and admire the space.
The A3 sized menu has a beautiful water colour ink drawing on one side which illustrates what Au79 brand offers while the other side is a breakfast and lunch menu with a section at the bottom for drinks.
The matcha latte was almost a bit bitter while the mocha had a good balance of chocolate and coffee that the venue roasts in-house and offers as wholesale to other venues.
The venue which started off with a breakfast/brunch based menu has now started to offer lunch style dishes to become not only a breakfast/brunch destination but also lunch with a glass of wine (they recently obtained their liquor license). I had the croque madame which I loved (who wouldn’t love melted cheese on crispy sourdough) combined with the olive sourdough which the venue bakes themselves. Mr J had the pumpkin linguine off their lunch menu which was subtle in terms of seasoning but he loved the spring to the pasta which is made in-house fresh daily (seeing a theme here?).
And then there was this waffle with the amazing butterscotch sauce that everyone apparently loves (and now we are joining them too, bottle this up and sell it to me!). A generous serving size with not one but two parfait balls and although we couldn’t really taste the lemongrass in it, we loved the refreshing combination.
An amazing space that is sure to impress anyone that you bring here and best of all is if you have the liven (pronounce ‘lie-ven’) app, you can also earn liven cash to spend at other venues or you could use your accumulated liven cash here!
Dishes that make up this review
- Croque madame; grilled with buffalo mozzarella, bechamel sauce, basil, heirloom tomato and a fried egg on house-made olive sourdough ($19)
- Pumpkin linguine with roast butternut pumpkin, walnuts, goats cheese and fresh herbs ($20)
- Tropical forest waffle; Belgian waffle with lemongrass and raspberry parfait, lychee, fresh berries, meringue, passionfruit puree and lemongrass butterscotch sauce ($20)
- Mocha ($4)
- Matcha latte ($4.50)
The notes below are current and accurate at the time of writing but please do check before going to avoid any disappointment as things can suddenly change.