Nestled in the quiet strip of North Balwyn village, one entering Olive Lane could assume they had walked into a patisserie. With cabinets filled sky high with Greek pastries made in-house every day of the week, you could be forgiven for thinking just that. In fact, their pastry chef has come from Athens to be part of this new venture.
With years of hospitality experience under his belt, Yianni Xanopoulous from Cyprus opened Olive Lane. And whilst it’s only been open for three months, it has already established itself as a clear favourite with the locals. The intimate space is simple yet refined. Exposed brick walls are softened with light grey and pink tones and complimented by clean lines at the bar and neat touches of greenery. A courtyard at the back provides visitors a nice spot to sit on a sunny day and also gives access to the café from the back park.
If you can draw yourself away from the cabinets, hats off to you. Think baklava, loukoumades drizzled with honey and kokakia or ‘greek yoyos’ which taste even better than they look. They do spanakopita too! And, the list just goes on.
Pastries aside, their menu follows on theme with brunch classics served with a hellenic twist. One dish not to miss is the Strapatsada Eggs Greek Style. With a tapas style lunch menu, Yianni doesn’t dismiss the possibility of opening for dinner later down the track.
On the coffee front, Olive Lane use Forza as their house blend, with our single origins on rotation. With Carlos from Venezuela behind the machine you know you’re guaranteed to get a good brew. And if traditional Greek coffee is your thing, they do that too!
Do yourself a favour and head to Olive Lane. Just be sure you save room for dessert.