As Bridge Rd becomes more and more a graveyard for retail, it seems the hospitality industry is taking advantage by opening some real gems. Just a few doors down from Touchwood, San Darian Szyszka and Nicole Hateley have opened Reunion & Co, a stylish, modern eatery that a month in is already a hit with the locals.
Converted from an old furniture shop, the cafe has been transformed with bench seating down one side of the narrow space and the kitchen on the other. It’s cosy meets modern, with an old fashioned fireplace down the back paired with plenty of blond timber and hanging plants.
Head Chef Gilly Singh (ex Sous Chef from Top Paddock & Kettle Black), has devised a great seasonal menu focusing on ethical farming and traceability, with many items produced in-house. From churning their own butter, to making their own sausages and curing their own trout, these guys are hands on in ensuring the quality of ingredients is top notch.
The breakfast and lunch menus are served all day, and are a mix of your typical Melbourne favourites combined with a few original dishes. For breakfast, there’s bircher museli soaked in coconut milk and finished with poached pears, pistachios, strawberries and lemon ($12.50); an well as smashed avo with pepper and lime ($12.50). Then there’s a few modern interpretations, including the baked beans, this time served with pork sausage, duck egg, feta and a side of toast ($16.00).
The lunch menu is short an succinct, featuring 4 a la carte dishes and 3 bagel options. Choose the pressed lamb shoulder with barley, beetroot relish and labne served on homemade grilled flatbread ($18.00) and you will be served a beautiful plate of food. It could perhaps be overdoing it with double carbs, but as you pull the lamb apart with your fork and scoop up some of the labne and beetroot relish, it’s only a minor detail.
These days coffee has to be good if a place is going to be successful, and thankfully it is. With beans from Allpress and La Marzocco supplying the machine, these guys are pouring some expert lattes. Along with a short list of fresh juices and smoothies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
While Reunion & Co. is not yet a destination cafe, it’s definitely an option for weekend mornings or a bite for lunch mid-week. And at least there’s somewhere to handle the overflow from Touchwood.
Reunion & Co.
472 Bridge Road,
0433 775 900
Mon to Fri 7am‒4pm
Sat to Sun 8am‒4pm