Burrowed in the industrial streets of Port Melbourne, is the vibrant and colourful Punchbowl Canteen. Opened in what was the old Salfords Lords Club, the cafe has transformed the old warehouse space into a striking space full of pops of colour. Covering the back wall of the cafe is a giant 10 foot mural by acclaimed Australian illustrator and designer, Leah Bartholomew bringing an overall warmth to the open area.
The food is all about rustic, wholesome flavours, with a focus on keeping it simple but doing it well. Head Chef, Elizabeth Milroy’s twist on traditional dishes adds to the unique vibe of the whole cafe. Previously working at St Ali and Fitzrovia, upon dining on the food her unique touches are evident through dishes such as the Korean Fried Chicken Burger with Kim chi slaw and fries, Pumpkin Doughnuts cinnamon sugar with whipped yoghurt and freeze dried mandarin, and the Fish Cake Scotch Egg radish, pear, chard and shaved beetroot salad, curry mayo.
The coffee comes from Fitzroy roasters, Industry Beans and on the menu are the trending Golden Lattes and Matcha Lattes.
We were invited to come try brunch at Punchbowl Canteen and we are almost apprehensive in sharing this hidden gem, as we want to keep it our little secret. Punchbowl Canteen is perfectly tucked away from the busier cafes strip which means that there are no lines, and the atmosphere is perfect for spending a lazy weekend morning.
Try it before the lines start forming!
Where: Punchbowl Canteen, 1 Fennell St, Port Melbourne
When: 7am – 4pm Mon – Weds, 9am-5pm Thurs, 7am-4pm Fri, 8am-4pm Sat- Sun