680 Centre Road, Bentleigh East, Melbourne
03 9579 0734
There’s been a lot of buzz about a new cafe in my old neighbourhood of East Bentleigh and I just had to see what all the fuss was about. On the morning I visited I was greeted by friendly staff who were flat out busy but super attentive and the place was buzzing with a cool and friendly crowd all chatting happily over well-presented plates of breakfast and brunch.
I had the poached eggs on sourdough that was drizzled with a flavoursome pesto and it came with a zingy avocado salsa with chargrilled corn and a thick slice of smokey bacon (note a THICK slice of bacon – yum!). So far so good, the food was pretty impressive.
The open kitchen allows you to see the barista at work and it’s clear that coffee is an important element at the Merchant’s Guild, but the tea is just as celebrated. The tea menu reads poetically and just wait until you see how your tea selection is served. Wow.
I am so excited about Merchant’s Guild bringing cool to the suburbs. I love Bentleigh and its friendly locals but this area massively needed this refreshingly youthful cafe addition in the ‘hood.