I arrived to check out The Crux & Co a little late. My breakfast date arrived before me and sent a simple text saying “I’m going to move into this place. Permanently.” And that, folks, basically sums up how we feel about Melbourne’s newest café hot-spot.
Melbourne has so many top-notch cafés, it’s no longer enough to simply be beautifully designed or have a great menu—cafes NEED to be the complete package to really succeed.
From the team that brought you Hawthorn’s Lights In The Attic, Crux & Co isn’t just the complete package; it really has that little extra somethin’ somethin’. Its hard to put your finger on it at first—is it the pastry and dessert bar (more on that later), the Japanese ceramics or the custom furniture? I think it’s probably a little bit of everything. Either way, the result is a welcoming haven of great design and even better coffee.
On the design front, The Crux & Co is awash with natural light. You’ll find plenty of wood panelling, soft grey furnishings and marble table tops, making for a luxe Scandi design that Melbourne is increasingly claiming as its own.
The menu is a combination of your classic brunch favourites and some dishes that really push the boundaries. We kicked things off with a bisque benedict—think tiger prawns served on squid ink toast with poached eggs and a lobster bisque hollandaise. Yes, it was as quirky as it sounds. And yes, we have been back to have it again.
Both the breakfast and lunch menus are ‘all day’, allowing you to dabble across the menu. The green papaya salad with soft shell crab, freeze dried crab and herbs, nuts and a sweet chilli dressing was our firm favourite from the lunch menu.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth you’ll be in dessert-breakfast heaven. There are a few different sugary options, but for the ultra-impressive grab the French toast with mixed berries, natural honeycomb, mascarpone, and vanilla fairy floss. Fairy floss makes everything better, right?!
We couldn’t possibly talk about The Crux & Co without discussing the epic pastries, sugary hybrids and desserts on offer, available at your table or for takeaway. The macaroons are perfection and the green tea croissants are hard to ignore. But it’s the crogle, (a croissant, bagel hybrid) that really puts this café on the pastry map.
Sitting in that funny little area between King’s Way and St Kilda, The Crux & Co is smack bang opposite The Kettle Black, cementing South Melbourne as a serious contender as the city’s leading café precinct.
Image credit: Griffin Simms for The Urban List