What do you get when you combine two food-scene experts, classic wholesome dishes and a refurbished 15-year-old Church St venue? Brilliance and a food coma—that’s what.
Café Brass owner Sam Frantezkos is no rookie. He’s opened 14 venues around the world, and his latest baby rolls all that knowledge into a big ball...and then onto your plate.
Once you get over how bloody stunning the venue is, with its open spaces and funky lighting, you can settle in and send your palate on a journey to Europe and back. Sam wanted “to create seriously good food for real people”, and with the help of Le Bon Ton chef Jeremy Sutphin, he’s done just that.
The team behind Café Brass want their breakfast and lunch and dinner menu’s to create entirely different experiences for diners. You’ve got quick and yummy half the day, and casual fine dining at night. There’s no rocket science behind the menu here. The inspiration comes from what Sam and Jeremy have seen (and tasted) in their work all over the globe. And what they grew up with at home—Sam’s mum’s grilled octopus is a hit.
For brekky and lunch you can tuck into your faves like smashed avo, and their lunch menu is full of salads and sandwiches. The perfect stop to refuel mid-shopping spree, or to pop in on your lunch break.
For dinner, the lights go down and your whole dining experience is amped up a notch. But the menu isn’t pretentious. Sam calls it “messy comfort food that tastes damn delicious”. Think grilled halloumi with Beechworth honey, crispy chicken tenderloins with jalapeno honey mustard and pan-roasted blue eye fillets with raisin vinaigrette.
The building itself is something to come and see. The guys have carefully taken parts of the 15 year old space, spruced them up and made them new again. Add in some goodies like a fireplace and an outdoor terrace, huge wine list and brilliant coffee and you’ve got yourself the perfect setting for almost any occasion or mood.
Image credit: Café Brass