Pantry is a name that has been around for a while and is very well-known with Bayside locals and Melbournian’s alike. It seems to still be very popular with the locals – an eclectic mix of older weathered couples, glam tanned young things, a smattering of AFL footballers and trendy young families.
Pantry is located in a prime position on the corner of bustling Church St – the hub of Brighton Village and a great little shopping strip – on the site of an old corner milkbar. There is a very relaxed, casual local feel, however it is still chic, smart, trendy and just a little bit glam.
All the owners have families of their own (one of which is celebrity chef Peter Evans), and know how to create an environment that is pleasing to parents and welcoming to little ones. There are plenty of highchairs, a special menu for the littlies with healthy tasty options and crayons and paper for drawing and colouring in. There is no change table but there is a spacious disabled toilet with ample room to wheel a pram in for a quick change. And of course there are babycinos (with two marshies), little treats, and teeny weeny mini cupcakes.
There is ample outdoor seating on the street complete with umbrellas and heaters, to protect your little ones from the elements. And the staff were all helpful, friendly, charming and just a touch cheeky… just the way I like them.
For breakky or brunch which is served until 4pm every day, there is a varied menu full of tasty tempting dishes from lighter options including muesli, bircher, porridge, waffles and croissants, through to more heartier fare – Pantry BLT, Spanish Breakfast and Farmers Breakfast. And for lunch soup, sandwiches, baguette’s, pizzette’s, salads (including their famous Caesar that one friend in particular always raves about), pasta and fish.
The Delicatessen section of Pantry is full of yummy produce including take home meals – perfect for the busy Mum on the run. There is also bread, cheese, small goods and a selection of cakes, pastries, slices, cupcakes and muffins.
They are also open for dinner from Thursday to Sunday from the very family friendly time of 5pm, so it is a great option for an early family tea. They are well-known for their award-winning pizza, which is also available to takeaway, and we can’t wait to go back again soon for dinner to try it.
If you are not a Bayside local and not familiar with this shopping strip, we recommend a leisurely stroll before or after your meal. Along with some of Mummy fave’s – Country Road, Witchery, Hoss and Mecca there are also some great shops for your little ones including Seed, and Coochi Coo.