Grey Gardens Projects: gallery, cinema and cafe

Breakfast board at Grey Gardens

Ghita Loebenstein, the woman behind Grey Gardens Projects, is one impressive lady.  For years she’s run Melbourne’s SpeakEasy Cinema and now Ghita’s opened her own gallery and exhibition space to create a permanent home for the cinema.  On top of that Ghita decided to tack a cafe on to the space as well and she invited me to check it out last week.    

Sweet treats at Grey Garden Projects
Sweet treats at Grey Garden Projects

The cafe isn’t the main deal here so Ghita has sensibly focused on doing a few simple things well.  She knows that the secret to every good cook is good shopping and so has sourced from top providers.  

Breakfast board at Grey Gardens
Breakfast board at Grey Gardens

There’s not much on the menu to warm you up on a Winters day (and the polished concrete warehouse with a breezy open door doesn’t help) but what is available is top quality with a distinctly European feel.  Take the breakfast Smörgåsbord ($15) with its slices of cheese, soft boiled egg, toast and yoghurt layered with rhubarb and pear compote. It’s the sort of thing you might get served in Norway and is the right kind of breakfast for those who want a little of everything.

Coffee from Three Thousand Thieves at the Grey Garden Project
Coffee from Three Thousand Thieves at the Grey Garden Project

Coffee is provided by subscription coffee company Three Thousand Thieves so rotates monthly to keep things interesting.  There’s a La Marzocco coffee machine and the barista turned out a smooth latte alongside a mean babychino on my visit. 

Inside Grey Gardens
Inside Grey Gardens

How cute is the presentation of the boiled egg ($7) in a little egg carton with rye bread soldiers ready to dunk in the yolks? 

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Grey Gardens Project isn’t a destination cafe in it’s own right but if you are catching an exhibition or attending a Speakeasy Cinema screening it’s a good choice for coffee and simple food.  

Gourmet Chick was invited to review Grey Gardens Projects

Essentials
Details: Grey Gardens Projects, 51 Victoria street, Fitzroy
Damage: Reasonable. 
6/10

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