With the success of Collective, Boss Pizzeria and My Other Brother, part-owner Julian Moussi seemingly had the Camberwell shopping district all wrapped up. But Moussi obviously had other ideas, feeling there was room for one more of his on-trend cafes. This time he’s partnered with Kristy-Lea Deva and Nicky Campbell (who doubles as executive chef) to open Legacy on Camberwell Road.
Tucked into a small space on the ground floor of a new apartment complex, Legacy features wall-to-wall red brick accented with strip lighting. It’s certainly different to the warehouse meets Scandi-style of the moment, but is perhaps slightly claustrophobic, with the space feeling a little like a below-ground bunker.
The menu is more health focused than Moussi’s other ventures, who is clearly pitching his food squarely at the trendy, lycra-clad brigade. The menu features several ‘superfoods’, including the usual suspects such as kale, açai and chia. It’s also pretty as a picture, guaranteeing it will end up on social media to draw in the instagram crowd.
The granola, for example, is an artfully arranged bowl of fresh fruit, chia seeds, granola and yoghurt. But while it’s full of so-called ‘healthy’ ingredients, it’s a little on the sweet side. Obviously the term ‘health focused’ is used loosely.
The is mainly made up of breakfast items, such as chia pudding, superfood porridge, and the ever popular smashed avo, plus a couple of lunch items including a fried buttermilk chicken bun. Can’t decide what you feel like? Why not try a bit of everything. For the indecisive, there’s a breakfast option containing a smaller bowl of granola, a mini croissant, smashed avo on toast and an orange juice.
If you’re on the run, the counter at the front door contains a range of bagels, salads and other treats to keep you going. Grab one of their scrambled egg and bacon rolls with your morning latte, brewed from a custom blend from Dimattina.
While the main menu does have a definite health bent, the sweet treats in the front window show these guys don’t take the superfood crap too seriously. Most items are made in-house, including their signature range of doughnuts.
While the menu may be more trend-driven than having any real nutritional merit, it is still darn tasty. From superfood porridge to fried buttermilk chicken, there’s plenty of options that appeal to a broad range of tastes.
With two more cafes opening in the coming months in Glen Iris and Hughesdale, it seems certain Moussi’s legacy will be one of great food.
347 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell
(03) 9041 1796
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm