Naughty Boy | The Verdict

By Hannah Valmadre - 02 Dec 2014

Taking over the space previously known as Residential Kitchen, Daniel Katz and Ashley De'Hartman have arrived in Princes Hill to put good food in your belly and a cheeky smile on your face at Naughty Boy cafe. Ash and Dan have known each other for sixteen years and met working at a restaurant in Southgate; Ash was the head chef and Dan was the manager. One night over a couple of bottles of Pinot Noir the pair decided to go into business together (as you do), and subsequently started up Mama Bear in Flemington. Naughty Boy is their second venture together, and they’re excited to bring their friendly service and interesting menu to this side of town.
The décor at Naughty Boy is stripped back and fun, with big wooden share tables, exposed brick walls, light blue detailing and a massive mural of half of a boy’s face dominating  one wall. Dan and Ash are going for a casual, accessible style here, as they believe the residential area brings in everyone from the hipster crowd to families and business professionals. Rather than pandering to one type of customer in particular, Naughty Boy cafe is for everyone.
In terms of the menu, they’ve decided to acknowledge trends, but not to bend to them. They’ve been in the industry for a long time, they know what works, and they know what they like. Naughty Boy does classics like eggs benedict (that’s Mr Benedict to you) and a very healthy bircher muesli, but they’re not afraid to get a little creative. Among the most popular dishes so far is their trademark The Naughty Boy, with Otway bacon, wine ripened tomatoes, Persian feta, falafel, field mushrooms, skordalia and poached eggs. We can’t think of another time we’ve ever had falafel and bacon in the same meal, but we’re definitely into it. Another popular breakfast option is the Pork Belly Scrambled with twice cooked pork belly, caramelised onions, chilli, scallions, Noisette brioche, and a pomegranate and fennel salad.
As for Naughty Boy’s drinks, it’s the Supremo blend brought to you by Allpress roasters, with a guest single origin blend that changes regularly. Tea is brought to you by Larsen & Thompson, and there are Emma & Tom’s juices and Hepburn Springs mineral waters available for something cooler. We also like the look of their milkshake/smoothie menu: When Doves Cry sounds pretty incredible to us, with white chocolate, vanilla, raffaello chocolate, vanilla ice cream, flake bar and skimmed milk.
For something small, the sweets cabinet is surprisingly not as naughty as we first assumed it might be. With treats like friands with poppy seed, cranberry and quinoa, as well as gluten-free spiced carrot and walnut cupcake, you can have something small and sweet in the morning without feeling guilty. All in all, this Naughty Boy is very nice indeed.
Naughty Boy | 499-501 Lygon St, Princes Hill

Image Credits: Nick West, The Urban List

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