I travel to Melbourne about 3 times a year and always visit the Lyrebird Cafe - for breakfast, mid-morning coffee, lunch or dinner. Every meal I have had there has been awesome - the scrambled smoked tofu breakfast makes me drool just to think of it! And if the chef has baked a cake you are in for another treat - he uses almond meal, fig jam, poached pears, ricotta ... yum. The owner/chef is definitely eccentric and the service can be slow but this is because practically everything is cooked fresh. The last lunch I had there he made a vegetarian quiche for me from scratch - I had to wait half an hour but I have never eaten a quiche so delicious either. So if you are comfortable with a little eccentricity, and really want tasty, fresh and food with difference this is the place for you! As of week or so ago the no children sign at the window table has been removed and the chef's partner has taken over the front-of-house (she is lovely and so not grumpy).
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