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LA’s Aussie Breakfast Game Gets an Upgrade With New Ministry of Coffee in Westwood

A Sydney export lands on the UCLA shores

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Ministry of Coffee, Australia
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

One Australian restaurant flips for another in Westwood, as the incoming Ministry of Coffee lands a prime new UCLA-adjacent location next week. The company has already enjoyed a fair bit of success in Sydney and Instanbul, and now looks to expand with a first new outlet in Los Angeles inside the former Garlo’s Aussie Pie Shop.

The idea for Ministry of Coffee is to offer a mostly Australian cafe experience — complete with flat whites, morning egg sandwiches, the like — alongside some rethought Turkish treats. There will be lots of lamb merguez sausage around, plus pancakes, a za’atar-roasted chicken salad sandwich, and Vegemite toast. Chef Luke Reyes is in as the overall development lead for the company’s entire North American restaurant operations.

Of course, this is far from the first Australian breakfast and coffee operator to come to Los Angeles. Bondi Harvest has the aesthetic nailed out in Santa Monica, while Paramount Coffee Project has been a colorful entrant into that same genre for a couple of years now.

Ministry of Coffee Westwood
The future Ministry of Coffee in Westwood
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The sunny new Great White in Venice also follows the Australian coffee trend, while Little Ripper Coffee in Glassell Park makes for a more simplified mostly grab-and-go spot. But perhaps the most one-to-one comparison for Ministry of Coffee is the new Pollen, which should be opening soon in the Fix space in Echo Park.

In the meantime, expect Ministry of Coffee to come online in Westwood next week. Daily coffee hours run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., with food served 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ministry of Coffee
1010 Glendon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA