Who indeed? If you haven’t heard of 70s surf icon Bunker Spreckels, here’s a crash course. Great-grandson of sugar baron Claus Spreckels, stepson of Clark Gable, millionaire playboy, surfer, loafer and all around badass dude.
He also happens to be the inspiration for Elwood’s newest surf-themed cafe.
You can spot Bunker when you walk through the door on Ormond Rd. There’s a life-size photo on the back wall, taken by Art Brewer during an infamous round-the-world surf binge (described by Art as “pure 24/7 crazy shit”). The fit-out is Southside beach cafe styling at its best. Mint blue chairs outside, distressed timber tables that look like they just washed up on Mentone Beach, grey subway tiles, pendant lights and a surfboard up on the wall. Up front is the coffee machine, stocked with Madamimadam’s finest blend.
Bunker Spreckels’ menu is carefully designed to make you panic in front of wait staff: there’s just too much good stuff on there. Do you go the big breakfast (pimped out nicely with thick-cut chorizo and a smoked ham & cheese croquette), or the Paleo Paipo Plate (grilled green beans, asparagus and broccolini, topped with a poached googy and house-made hummus)? Better order a Cherry Ripe thick shake to buy you some time...
The lunch menu is another crowd pleaser. Spicy fried chicken burger on squid-ink brioche, salmon poke bowls with edamame and pickled daikon, a range of fresh-grilled burritos.
If you’re gonna succeed in Elwood, your drinks list needs to be spot-on—Bayside takes its liquids seriously. Melbourne-roasted coffee, hot chocs, fresh-made chai, boutique teas, milkshakes, thickshakes, mineral waters, hand-squeezed juices (try the spinach, celery, cucumber, mint, apple and coconut water, if you need a good cleanse)—Bunker does it all. Even chia cups and healthy smoothies, spiked with bee pollen.
Naughty or nice, Bunker’s got you covered. Now where can we get a pair of those sunnies...
Image credit: Bunker Spreckels