Going for gold at AU79 in Abbotsford

Science nerds will know that AU79 is the chemical symbol for gold. I’ll admit the reference was lost on me but I’m still giving a gold for fitout to newly opened AU79 in Abbotsford.  

Inside AU79 – love the booth action! 

The cafe is just off Victoria street next to the Hive Shopping centre and provides something quite different to the cheap and cheerful Vietnamese areas that dominate the area.  

Green juice at AU79

It’s a huge space and you could fit three or four standard cafes into the converted old garage.  There’s enough room for AU79’s own roastery and you can pick up some of the beans to takeaway. White washed walls, hand painted murals, curved wooden booths and lots of greenery soften the large light filled room.  Prepare for serious indoor plant envy – it’s like a jungle in there! 

Indoor plant envy at AU79

The menu veers between indulgent (think cronuts) and abstemious (breakfast greens). I think the more indulgent side of the menu wins.  My breakfast greens ($18) were a little too clean and virtuous with mounds of gai lan, spinach and kale although big thumbs up to the crispy fried curry leaves. 

The crispy curry leaves are the best bit of the breakfast greens.

My pick is the okonomiyaki ($18). The Japanese pancake is thick and filling and topped with a dollop of mayo and twirls of crispy potato.  Shredded herbs add freshness to what is a filling breakfast with a difference. 

Japanese pancakes AU79 style

The coffee delivers as you’d expect in a place with its own roastery. My latte is lively with a hint of caramel. You’ll get coffee art if you smile nicely. There are also teas and juices available with a decent green juice on offer. 

Coffee art at AU79

I’m giving AU79 a silver for the food and drinks but a gold for looks.  

Details: AU79, 27-29 Abbotsford Street, Abbotsford 
Damage: Reasonable. 
Kids: There’s no kids menu but there are high chairs and the space is big enough that you won’t feel too bad if your little one is a little noisy. 
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