Instagrammers rejoice, this place is photogenic as f*ck. Light Bulb Cafe has no bad angles, whether it’s the wall of colourful and mystical art by Meaghan Coles, the floor to ceiling blackboard, vintage assortment of light bulbs, turquoise tiles, or sweet flowers that adorn each table. Keen King William Roaders may have noticed the bright blue door pop up in recent months, and last Tuesday Light Bulb Cafe welcomed its first customers.
The menu is aimed at the brunch crowd, with an even mix of morning and midday treats. Truffled Mushroom Duxelle accompanies Porterhouse Steak with Blue Brie, as well as a Savoury Soft Polenta with Mascarpone, Charred Corn, Grilled Figs, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto that we are dying to try on our next visit. While some cafes struggle to straddle the line between breakfast and lunch, often excelling in one and not the other, Light Bulb seems to have mastered the balance, perhaps through offering a smaller menu that they know they can do well.
The Sugo Baked Eggs with Chilli, Basil, Broccolini, Mozzarella and Chorizo were satisfying and generously portioned. While chorizo may be overused recently, it does add a luxurious element to the delicately spiced sauce that I happily mopped up with three pieces of toast. They also have an impressive make-your-own section that suggests Eggs on Toast with an array of sides to choose from such as Salsa Verde, Beetroot Cured Salmon, Pork Belly or Thyme Roasted Mushrooms.
The interior is light and bright and they have made clever use of the alleyway down the side to include a corridor of outdoor seating. While the Hyde Park end of King William has been having a renaissance recently with popular lunch spots Pollen 185 and Nutrition Republic, the Goodwood end is experiencing a cluster of its own up and coming places. Light Bulb café joins The Spot, Faraja, By Blackbird and pastry-institution Red Door Bakery, to up the competition in the quieter end of King William Road.
Head to Light Bulb Cafe during that time of the day that you’ve had your first cup of coffee but are not yet ready to commit to the afternoon. Along with their menu they also offer a range of cakes and pastries, as well as juices and smoothies (chia seeds included, phew).
Where: 66 King William Rd, Goodwood
How Much: On the more expensive side ($16-$20) but portion sizes are big
All images taken by Bonnie McBride