MELBOURNE | I’m a big fan of the fancy lamingtons at Sydney’s Tokyo Lamington, so was pretty happy when I found out that they’d just opened a second store in Melbourne. Located just around the corner from the University of Melbourne in Carlton, the concept is the same as the original. I visited a few days ago for What’s On Melbourne.
For those who don’t know, Tokyo Lamington was started in 2019 as a pop-up in Tokyo, by Min Chai (ex N2 Extreme Gelato) and Eddie Stewart (ex Black Star Pastry. The plan was to open a bricks and mortar store in Tokyo, but then COVID hit, and.. yeah. Instead, they decided too open in Sydney, and now it’s Melbourne’s turn.
Inside you’ll find gourmet lamingtons, with flavours like fairy bread popcorn, Snickers, and dirty chai latte. There’s also nostalgic Aussie and Japanese inspired pies and sausage rolls, nigiri, and other specials. It’s all made fresh onsite, every day, and is rather delicious.
For me, the Snickers and pandan kaya toast lamingtons are hard to go past. Same with the pork katsu sausage roll; and mapo tofu pie. For coffee, it’s assorted espresso and filter based options using Single O beans, alternative lattes, and your choice of milk.
There’s also a little retail section with merch, tea, coffee beans, Japanese ceramics, and a few other bits and bobs.
Tokyo Lamington (Carlton)
258 Elgin Street
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 3:00pm