October 30, 2020
Your guide to the best cafes and restaurants in Elsternwick Village
Hungry for a new culinary experience, or hankering for something more traditional?
From bountiful breakfasts and food for the soul, to Insta-worthy dishes, and amazing Asian and Indian dishes like you’ve never had before, Elsternwick Village has a smorgasbord of delicious dining options.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
Elsternwick Village cafes
If breakfast is the most important meal of your day, there are a couple of Elsternwick Village cafes that should top your ‘must visit’ list.
The extensive breakfast menu at Mothers Instinct offers everything from Gippsland free-range eggs cooked your way (with a very long list of sides), to house granola, omelettes, French toast, ancient grain salads, and a sterling array of sandwiches.
Coffee connoisseurs rejoice – Loco Coffee has your caffeine needs covered. You’ll come for the quality brews, but you’ll stay for the simple yet delicious breakfast menu featuring fresh ingredients, loads of eggs, a yummy avo smash, and a sprinkling of surprises like the dukkha pumpkin.
Eat with your eyes
If you want to eat with your eyes as well as your mouth, look no further than the gorgeous concoctions dished up at two of Elsternwick Village’s much-loved cafes.
Decorated with edible flowers and artfully designed on the plate, you’ll weep tears of joy at the sight of Penta’s signature dishes the Hokey Pokey hotcakes, Nutella panna cotta, and Brazilian acai bowls.
At Glazed Gluten Free Patisserie, chef Liran Adika (who trained under celebrity chef Shannon Bennett) creates gorgeous concoctions that are not only gluten, dairy and nut-free, but are a visual feast.
Feed your soul
If feeding your soul is as important as feeding your stomach, you’re in luck.
Green Remedy’s raw cold pressed juices, organic salads, sumptuous smoothies, and amazing acai bowls will revitalise your spirit as well as your palate.
Elsternwick Village restaurants
Best indoor/outdoor dining
Love a little indoor/outdoor dining? There are a couple of great restaurants in Elsternwick Village.
Bang Bang’s Indochine-influenced menu is perfectly suited to its flowing dining spaces, including the relaxed courtyard with park-view veranda and contemporary indoor bar.
On the other side of Elsternwick Plaza, the ever-popular Goat House Cafe Bar Restaurant serves up a seasonal menu with sharing platters for gatherings large and small – and even welcomes your four-legged family members to dine on the ample deck.
Indian with a twist
For Indian cuisine with a twist, there are some food options in Elsternwick Village that will spice up your life.
Leave your preconceptions at the door at Burger Shurger, where fusion creations like butter chicken and fish tikka burgers reign supreme.
Old World Indian meets new at Toddy, where you’ll find kale crisps and smashed samosas alongside Grandma Hilda’s Anglo (an Indian-inspired shepherd’s pie) and the famous Old Delhi-style tandoori chicken.
Big appetites will be satisfied at some of Elsternwick Village’s food staples.
Take a trip to Italy at Via Campanella, where the authentic rustic menu features handmade pasta and familiar favourites like linguine marinara, conchiglie amatriciana, and ravioli primavera.
No ‘best of’ dining list would be complete without some Asian food favourites.
Be seduced by the cool vibe at Hanoi Hannah while you dine on classic spring rolls and fragrant bowls of lemongrass beef and coconut poached chicken; keep it fresh and clean with traditional, authentic Japanese at Tataki; or experience a modern take on the culinary traditions of Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and South-East Asia at Yu Chu.
From casual cafes vibes to elegant dining, if you’re in the market for mouth-watering food, Elsternwick Village has plenty of tasty options.