A former brothel for brunch and booze?

  • Jul 12, 2017

Fancy brunch in a former brothel? South Yarra's latest offering House of Lulu White can provide just that.

There’s a few things you don’t do in Melbourne: knock down pubs, wear too many colours in the winter, and waste an opportunity to transform a former business into a cafe.

We’ve got cafes in fire stations, warehouses, factories and churches, and now we can add brothel to that list.

The team behind Melbourne cafe hot spots The Little Ox Café and Hawk & Hunter (to name a few), have transformed the 4 Yarra Street, South Yarra site which was once home to Paradise Girls brothel, into House of Lulu White.

Lulu White was an infamous procuress and savvy businesswomen, notorious for her ‘hospitality’. It’s all a bit Madame Brussels, yes?

What’s on the menu?

The all-day breakfast will satisfy the hung and not-so-hungover types, with the usual brunch suspects, lining up to be eaten.

But the big news is the ‘bottomless brunch’! For $30 on weekends, which features all-you-can-drink Mimosas, espresso martinis and bloody Marys. WHAT!

There are is also an array of more playful dishes in a nod to the establishment’s past, including:

  • What a croque, which features Christmas ham and raclette croque with mustard, poached eggs and
  • whipped smoked cheddar
  • The porridge which features steel cut oats and shaved rhubarb… not impressed yet? How about adding a splash of whisky? Now we’re talking.
Lulu White's Boozy Porridge. Photo: Supplied

Lulu White’s Boozy Porridge. Photo: Supplied

For lunch, there’s a crisp fish-finger sandwich with coriander, pickled carrot and cucumber nahm prik, or the  Tataki Ocean Trout, buckwheat noodles, edamame, wakame and yuzu sesame dressing.

Lulu White's Fish Finger Sanga. Photo: Supplied

Lulu White’s Fish Finger Sanga. Photo: Supplied

About the venue

Designed by TOFU, the 50-seat cafe features a pink colour palette, oak timber floors, and pops of green.

Tropical wallpaper and ceiling panels, along with an illuminated sign of Lulu’s plump lips overlook the communal-style dining space.

Lulu White. Photo: Supplied

Lulu White. Photo: Supplied

Open from 7am-4pm on all other weekdays and 8am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.