When the crew from Moby 3143 open a new cafe, it pays to take notice. And how could you not, with this stunning corner spot in Albert Park?
Guys, we’d like to introduce you to Lenny. Your breezy new pastel brunch bar (the old Petty Officer locay, in case you were wondering).
With Lenny, Christina Higgins and Steve Svensen wanted to do something a little different. Moby’s familiar pop of pastel is still there, and the menu is amazing (we’ll get to that)—but where Moby feels busy, this place feels breezy. The whisper-light blues, subtle pinks, high white ceilings and blonde-wood furniture make you think ‘Beach’, without any on-the-nose anchor motifs.
It’s the perfect note for Albert Park.
Now let’s get down to the fun stuff. Food. Moby has a reputation for being several notches above your typical suburban caff, and Lenny follows a similar vein. You’ve got gingerbread porridge with fresh plums and peach puree (our new favourite bowl in Melbourne), staples like eggs benny, chilli scramble and a no-frills smashed av’ (on a grilled baguette though, nice).
Health conscious? Try the Green Brekky Bowl, stacked with avo’, chilli, raw seasonal greens, roasted pepitas, golden halloumi and a poached egg.
There’s also a dedicated lunch menu with heftier plates: think 16-hour beef check with spicy rending sauce, or (our favourite) the duck leg with herb n’ cheese waffle. Deeeelish.
If you’re a Moby fan, you’ll spot a few familiar faces (hello, buttermilk chicken bao), and the Mr Moby smoothie has made the trip as well (it’s called Mr Lenny over here). Want to bring your pooch? No probs. Lenny is dog-friendly. Almost a must in this neighbourhood. Brunch without your dog is like dinner without your kids.
Image credit: Jess Prince