"Kaikey's Lane is yet another addition to the Hachem family who began their culinary journey back in December 2014 where they purchased a venue in another iconic laneway of Melbourne, Centre Place, which runs parallel to the famous Degraves Street. This venue was called Lorca at the time after purchasing the business from Spanish owners. Joe and his family turned the venue around after learning the business from the ground up, modernising the interior and decor whilst introducing some innovative menu items and spins on not only Spanish dishes, but also classic Mediterranean dishes.
The last piece to the puzzle was to rename the venue, and that they did in early 2016 when the trading name of the venue in Centre Place was no longer Lorca, but was now trading as Eliana Lulu. The title for this section is 'Our Story, but this is the first of two. The Hachem's are very fond of family, loyalty and generosity, and therefore when they decided to rename the venue it was always going to be linked to those things. The first word in the new venue name is Eliana, being the father Joe's youngest niece, whilst Lulu is Joe's mother who past some years ago, and with these two special people to the Hachem family came about Eliana Lulu.
This leads to the next story of Kaikey's Lane, following on from the principles built at Eliana Lulu, Kaikey's Lane continues with a strong display of graffiti art, modern decor and a great amount of warmth throughout the venue. The restaurant itself presents a polished and charismatic feel, whilst not forgetting that it is also open for breakfast 7 days and provides a great cafe feel with a large display of cakes and tasty roasted coffee beans.
Through out the day, which on most days includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, you'll find many dishes with a Mediterranean influence along with classic Melbournian favourites. Weekdays provides breakfast until midday, but given Melbournian's love for a weekend boogie or night out on the town followed by a sleep in, Kaikey's does have breakfast available until the late afternoon on weekends.
Welcoming the night, which is something Eliana Lulu cannot offer unfortunately, Kaikey's Lane is transformed into a beautiful, cosy and romantic setting with candles about, alternative music playing throughout and hot pots of Paella flowing out of the kitchen, and not long after coming back with only shells to be seen.
Did someone say drinks? Dessert?
An unyielding focus on imported beverages from not only various states in the nation, but also from across the Tasman and even a range of gorgeous Italian wines to quench your thirst. For those who prefer a coffee rather than a nice glass of red, the baristas do a great job of fully maximising the great New Zealand coffee beans that are on hand.
A copper fridge with four levels in the front section of the venue can be seen all week round with beautifully baked individual sized cakes, baked off site and coming in fresh three times a week.
All of this leads to only one thing, the name Kaikey's Lane. When Joe's eldest son was young he could barely pronounce his younger sister's name Justine, so he would call her Kaikey. In February of 2016 Justine married, and reluctantly moved to Sydney for her partner. After taking over the business in late August and knowing that the name at the time did not have any resemblance or meaning to the Hachem's, it took just over a day to work out what the newest venture would be renamed. Like the Hachem's would say, 'there's nothing like family'.
Now you know it all, so come down and say hi, meet the family and we'll have a table saved for you.
'May those who enter as guests, leave as friends' "