Play with your food: the Melbourne café making brunch fun

Play with your food: the Melbourne café making brunch fun

It’s all good

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There’s a new kid on the block, and he’s not at menacing as he sounds

Inspired by the mischievous childhood character of the same name, Denis the Menace is the newest eatery to bring a cheeky and cool charm to Melbourne suburb Cremorne. 

Created with a philosophy that is as light-hearted and fun-filled, as it is serious about sustainability, quality and locality, the bright, space-filled eatery is the latest brainchild of Melbourne café culture whiz, Adam Wilkinson, of Prahan's St Edmond's. With the environment in mind, the space and courtyard was designed by eco-architect Simon Cookes of Duckbuild, and is fitted with solar panels, a worm farm, and up-cycled materials, and the interiors are littered with found objects and wares from local artisans.  

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As for the fare, the spirit of Denis lives through the adorable dish names, like 'Big, green food fight' (a fresh salad of shredded kale, broccoli, avocado, buckwheat kernels, pistachios , chili and a poached free-range egg), 'Avo, We've Met Before' (smashed avocado, heirloom tomatoes, marinated feta, mint and radishes on toast) and the 'Mr Wilson' sandwich (Slow cooked beef and rainbow slaw, with gravy or chipotle mayo). And if that sounds tempting, but you can't make it down to the kitchen, never fear - Denis will soon be on two wheels, with the upcoming launch of their cargo bike delivery service to locals.

"Denis the Menace is going to be a café that does its bit for the environment, comforts people and encourages fun, not taking life too seriously and serving as a haven for good food," says Wilkinson of the venture.  "We want our clientele to feel at home and leave feeling they had a fun and great hospitality experience." We say, he nailed it. 

Denis the Menace is open now

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