The latest and greatest cafe to hit Benteigh is District Brewer (but it’s just DB for those in the know).
DB is the first venture by the very young and very talented duo of Leor Haimes (Huff Bagelry), and Ashley Tirosh (Stovetop, De Clieu, Stantucci’s). The two lads have combined their respective café skills of barista champion and master chef to produce quite possibly the hottest café for 2015.
Positioned across the road from West Bentleigh Primary School and sitting adjacent to arguably the busiest dry cleaners The Chommery has ever come across, there is no shortage of people in this area. Combine this with the loyal following both of these fellas have, and you have a hustling and bustling cafe.
Up-and-coming Interior Design star, Nathan Ruttner (Two Lost Boys), is responsible for the slick and clean fit-out. He has created a bright and inviting space with plenty of room for seating and ample space for the popular take-away service. The Chommery just loves following young-guns like Ruttner, and looks forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
Coffee is provided by The Maling Room, Canterbury’s powerhouse coffee roaster and café. DB has gone with their Symmetry Blend, while Haimes’ weapon of choice for perfect extraction is the ever-reliable La Marzocco Linea. When you check these guys out, look for the custom DB tinting!
For the true caffeine explorers, the menu boasts a cold drip, Vietnamese Iced coffee, and a nitrous oxide brew. There’s also a rotating single origin on offer. You’ll be buzzing for days.
Now for the food. Tirosh has created a brilliant menu. He’s taken a range of classic Melbourne breakfast and brunch dishes, and put his own spin on it. Below, The Chommery has taken a substantial sample from the menu, pecked on each dish and given his two cents – the true ‘Chommery’ way.
Black Forest Bircher – Shaved 80% dark chocolate, crushed pistachio and cherry labneh ($12.00). An ode to creativity and brilliant colour – a great take on the standard bircher muesli.
Duck Rillettes – Grilled pumpkin brioche, cauliflower cheese, salt & vinegar tuscan kale, asian granola and poached eggs ($19.50). A hearty brunch choice.
Baked Truffle Polenta Eggs - Sauteed spinach, mojo verde, pecorino cheese, served with toast ($16.00). A rich pot of goodness. Take that toast and dip it in and out. Yes, double dip. F*ck the cutlery.
Black Pudding Beignets - Grilled corn salsa, charred leeks, saffron parsnip puree, Sriracha jam and poached eggs ($18.00). Don’t be scared off by the pork blood, just lather the jam and soft egg over them balls and stick ‘em in your gob. Figuratively speaking. Give it a shot!
Mr Benedict - Toasted rye bagel, slow braised ox cheek, miso babaganoush, wilted calvo nero, curry hollandaise and poached eggs ($18.00). A winner – sure to be one of the classics for the menu.
Reuben Dog – Bratwurst sausage, grilled pastrami, sauerkraut, grated Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, with a caper berry potato salad ($16.50). The Chommery usually choms sausages within the confines of a Bunnings Warehouse carpark, but he made an exception for DB’s Dog. It was probably the sauerkraut and Russian dressing that got him over the line. This one is a real man’s lunch.
D’Burger - Wagyu beef burger, mustard slaw, Guinness & bacon chutney, jack cheese, rocket and a side of shoestring fries ($19.00). True Burger Brilliance. The Chommery doesn’t claim to be The Hamburgler or The Burger Adventure, but has chommed his fair share of burgers in his career. This is up there with the best of them. Just make sure you wear a bib, because this baby gets sloppy.
Need I go on? No. Then why do I keep talking? I really don’t know. My parents have been asking this question forever. Either way, DB is here to stay and you need to head on down.
In case you need any more convincing – this one was worth breaking my writing hiatus.
The Important Details…
Cuisine: Gourmet take on many breakfast/lunch classics.
Price: $15-$20 per head.
My View: A real gem. The hottest cafe to hit Melbourne’s South-East for 2015.
Address: 36 Brewer Road Bentleigh, VIC 3204.
Phone: (03) 9972 3812.