Since opening in June last year, Café Cui (pronounced Café Q), has been doing a roaring trade thanks to its prime location on the corner of Leeds and Irving streets.
Opposite the Footscray Station, the café has been benefiting from the scores of construction workers in town for the Regional Rail Link project and other developments, along with tram commuters and pedestrians.
Café Cui owner, Phuoc Duong, has a long history with Footscray. When his family first arrived to Australia from Vietnam in 1992, six of them spent five years living in a two bedroom flat on Eldridge Street, before buying a house in St Albans.
Phuoc previously ran cafes in the city but said he wanted a change from the corporate environment. He saw the potential in Footscray.
“I was driving my wife to work when I saw the shop for lease. I thought – it can’t be vacant! It’s right here, right at the corner! I ran straight to the real estate office,” he said.
“Especially with the development (around Footscray), in a few years this place is gonna boom,” he said.
He also saw a big gap in the market. “There’s not many cafes like ours, if you want simple bacon and eggs,” he said. Café Cui sources all its vegetables and meat from the Footscray Market.
“It’s one of the best markets that are around, it’s cheap, as well as fresh,” he said.
So what should you try first at Café Cui? Phuoc recommends the Shakshuka eggs bake, the chef’s own invention, with braised capsicum, tomato and middle eastern spices. Or the New Yorker steak and eggs baguette, with Porterhouse steak.
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58 Leeds Street