LUXE Espresso, tucked away inside Westfield Bondi Junction, re-opened its doors last week to unveil a fresh look for the first time ever.
As the original LUXE in the group, the owners refer to the renovation as more of a “facelift” than a complete makeover, which has respectfully kept the authenticity, warmth and communal feel of the cafe.
“It has always been a café of the people within ‘The Junction’ so we have tried to incorporate feedback from our customers on things they loved and then built our concept around those elements,” said owner Mark Mackanass.
The refurbishment draws on the hallmarks of minimalism – black cabinetry, stone benches, glazed brick floors, soft lighting, and a grand curved ceiling structure of timber blades that represents a curling wave in the surf at Bondi Beach.
“The metal archway at the entrance has been painted in the exact same paint as featured on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to pay homage to the birthplace of the LUXE brand,” said Mark.
When it comes to the menu, breakfast dishes are now available all-day until 3pm, and lunch kicks off from 12pm.
Mark says the standout ‘LUXE classics’ that are loved by so many customers remain the same.
Still on the menu, are the popular ‘LUXE Plate’ full of fresh avocado, tomato and goat feta or ricotta served with sourdough and the well-known ‘LUXE Famous Poached Chicken Sandwich’ with chilli mayo, tomato and rocket.
Fresh new summer additions include a ‘Fruit Bruschetta’ with salted coconut yoghurt, mango, blueberries & mint, and a very on-trend ‘Mango Lassi Bowl’ topped with maple nut granola and fruit.
Yolk lovers can choose from six egg breakfast dishes, all served on artisan LUXE sourdough toast with a bunch of sides to satisfy any craving.
For lunch, tuck into one of eight hearty sandwich options, including a new rustic ‘Vegan Roll’ with jalapeno hummus, pumpkin, beetroot and kale that is sure to impress.
Other additions, sure to tempt your inner green goddess, include a fresh ‘Grain Salad’ with lentils, quinoa, green beans, eggplant and pickled zucchini, and a new ‘Salmon Sashimi Bowl’ filled with oodles of edamame, brown rice, pickled carrot, cos and soy cured egg yolk.
The friendly faces of the team, headed up by 15-year LUXE veteran John ‘Bravo’ Shannon, remain the same – as does the consistency in quality and customer service.
LUXE Espresso has a longstanding reputation that dates back to 2003, when the café first opened its doors in Bondi Junction as the flagship store, inside Westfield.
“We at LUXE want to continue to build on the community aspect of our café that makes it so special. After all, it’s a brand owned by the people, who continue to come back and form part of our family,” said Mark.
“Look out for Saturday BBQ’s through summer and the seasonal rotation of the menu to capture the freshest tastes of Australian produce.”
Nowadays, there are five independently owned cafes in the heart of Sydney, including one at Barangaroo and Sydney International Airport Terminal.
A visit to Luxe Espresso is a must if you’re popping into Westfield Bondi Junction any day of the week, especially if the prospect of ‘shop til you drop’ is on the cards!
Favourites – LUXE Plate; Poached Eggs with Artisan LUXE Sourdough; LUXE Famous Poached Chicken Sandwich
Look – Urban, contemporary, and communal
Service – Warm, passionate, reliable
Features – family-friendly, casual indoor seating, outdoor seating
Coffee – Five Senses
Tea – Teascapes Australia
Opening Hours – 7:30am until 4:30pm
Prices – $12 to $22
Head Chef – Dipak Brahmkshtriy (of Sean’s Panorama)
Owners – Mark & Jodie Mackaness
Shop 3078, Level 3, Westfield Shopping Centre
500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, Sydney NSW