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Published July 11th 2015
Hidden Gem in South Yarra
As we speak, I am sitting in the Lawson Grove Shop sipping on a freshly brewed chai latte. It's a cold and rainy Sunday morning and I am giving myself a well-earned break from my usual 20 km run.
Lawson Grove Shop is a hidden gem, tucked away at 1 Lawson Grove in South Yarra. Blink and you will miss it. The only reason I know it's here is because a work colleague has given me the inside word.
As soon as I walk in, I feel at home. I am greeted with a friendly smile and some very cool jazz tunes. There's a relaxed, farmhouse vibe and a good combination of communal tables, bench seats and smaller nooks if you want more privacy.
The menu is small, but good. After some deliberation, I decide on the french toast with cajeta and toasted coconut, a surprising departure from my usual Sunday morning savoury feast. The food arrives in no time and it is fresh and delicious.
French toast with cajeta and toasted coconut at Lawson Grove Shop
Next time my pick will be the Babylonian Eggs - poached eggs with baba ganoush, dukkah, feta and pomegranate. Sounds delicious.
There are a few gourmet groceries for sale - muesli, jams, vinegars - but it's the cafe that's the main attraction. Most people are here for a late breakfast and to relax with the Sunday paper.
A few tips - if you are driving, don't turn directly into Lawson Grove if you can possibly help it. It's a no-through road and ridiculously narrow. I had to do a 12-point turn to get back out again. Also, bring some cash as cards are not accepted.
I have a feeling that the Lawson Grove Shop will become a regular little haunt for me. Good food, relaxed vibe, Sunday papers and freshly-brewed chai. What's not to love?