Lip Cafe

226 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079

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Opening hours Mon-Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 8am-2pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options
Prices Cheap (mains under $20)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 03 9499 1162

Lip Cafe is cool, laid-back and full of surprises. Little toys, artwork and retro-inspired furniture give this small cafe on an off-Broadway strip a cheerful atmosphere. The creative menu has an eco-friendly bent. Breakfast might be free-range eggs with Moroccan beans and chorizo or corn fritters and chipotle sauce. Organic Dench sourdough adds crunch to a grilled chicken sandwich with bitey house-made beetroot relish. A rear room leads to a courtyard, where staff may be seen barbecuing pork for sandwiches. Gluten-free brownies are a wickedly rich treat - even richer when eaten with ice-cream and toffee sauce.