It’s been a while since I’ve shared a review of a local favourite! Bentwood is one of my regular go-to brunch spots, so I don’t know why it hasn’t had a proper feature before. I’m here to fix that today though!
I’ve eaten at Bentwood lots of times, but on this particular visit all three dishes ordered were vegetarian friendly so I thought it was time to snap some photos and share my thoughts. One thing that is always constant though is the coffee. As in, it’s constantly excellent! My cold brew was smooth, delicious and just what was needed on a warm Melbourne day.
My food order was also one of my go-to choices. The chilli scrambled eggs (without the bacon, add the rosti) is something I have eaten at Bentwood many, many times. It has an excellent amount of chilli without being too spicy, and the addition of the crunchy shallots is spot on. The rosti is also hard to beat – super crispy on the outside and always perfectly cooked. There’s a reason I come back to this dish so often!
My mum ordered the eggplant caponata – which is the other dish I had my eye on! It came with capsicum, cherry tomatoes, sumac labneh, chilli butter and a poached egg. She was incredibly happy with her choice! The creamy labneh combined with the rich eggplant and capsicum mix was a perfect combo. It was served on what they called thick cut sourdough and it certainly was that! It needed to be to sop up all the flavour too!
My dad went for something unusual for him – the blueberry and banana acai bowl. Topped with buckwheat granola, hemp seeds fruit, peanut butter and coconut, this was a fresh, summery brunch option. They certainly didn’t scrimp on the toppings either, and dad was super happy with his choices.
Bentwood is a gorgeous setting as well, an old chair factory with exposed brick, lots of windows and high ceilings. There’s a few seats out on the street as well, perfect for a gorgeous summer morning!