Tucked away on a side street in Cremorne is Denis the Menace. Cremorne is a curious little pocket of Richmond that few other than locals know well and is walled in on all sides by major roads, freeways or railways. Denis The Menace is making it a destination for those outside the 3121 postcode with its thoughtful fit out that combines comfort with sustainability (think re-purposed materials and a slightly raw finish) of what was once a suburban street warehouse and a menu that touches on the all day brunching favourites that Melbourians seem to love but strays far enough from the ‘norm’ to make it interesting.
The name Denis the Menace is an ode to the mischievous character that takes after the heart of owner Adam Wilkinson. He matches a playful persona and cheeky charm with serious hospitality to deliver a venue with a responsibility to sustainability, good coffee and cuisine.
The licensed 100pax café has been designed by eco-architect, Simon Cookes from Duckbuild, who has created an environmentally friendly space with solar panels, recycled timber cladding and playful trimmings that will remind some amongst us of our youth. Staying to true his environmental message, Wilkinson sourced hundreds of old Carlton Draught bottles for water glasses and will serve crockery from Kilman in Bendigo and vintage ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ sugar bowls on all tables. While in the courtyard, a worm farm complete with 1200 worms are busy doing their bit for Mother Nature.
The menu caters well for the health conscious with ‘Sounds like A-Sai-Ie’ (essentially an acai bowl) and the star studded line up of super foods present in ‘A Super Start’, then wanders over to fusion territory with ‘Watashi Wa Denis’ – a Japanese inspired crab omelette and fills your stomach with ‘Something Fishy Going On’ which is a superb combination of hot smoked trout, poached eggs and the goodness of greens like kale and asparagus.
Service is friendly and fun, just like the atmosphere. Coffee is well made and even though it occasionally takes a little while during busy periods, is one of the better extractions of Sevens Seeds.
“Denis the Menace is going to be a café that does its bit for the environment, comforts people and encourages fun, not taking life too seriously and serving as a haven for good food. We want our clientele to feel at home and leave feeling they had a fun and great hospitality experience,” Wilkinson said.
The café’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.00am to 4.30pm and Saturday to Sunday 8.00am to 5.00pm.
103-106 Chestnut Street, Cremorne, VIC, 3121