Made with the locals in mind, Punchbowl Canteen is a place for everyone.
From first glance, you wouldn’t know this was the former industrial site of the Red Tulip chocolate factory, burrowed in the side streets of Port Melbourne. “We wanted to breathe character and life into an old institution that had the bones to be something great” explains owners Dan Grosman and Simon Mostafa – the dynamic duo behind this vibrant café.
After talking with locals and those who work in the area, they realised there was a gap in the market for a café that made not only good quality coffee but good quality food to match, so Punchbowl Canteen was born.
The ethos at Punchbowl is a pretty good one. “We want colour in our lives, we want excitement, fun and silly faces”. And they’re not cutting corners when it comes to colour. Guests are welcomed by a brilliant brass and bright pastel feature wall on entry, commissioned by renowned Australian creative @leahbartholomew Inspired by children’s art, the playful design doesn’t stop at the interiors.
It’s not just the space that shines – the bright menu has an old school nostalgic charm that tickles the tastebuds for all kinds of customers. There’s a lot of local love in this menu – with a focus on sustainability and supporting the community to create great tasting food that is also equally Instagram friendly!
Having opened last year, head chef Liz Millroy was tasked with designing a menu that meets the needs for families, children, corporates and everyone in between. From café staples and comfort food, to fresh juices and salads - @punchbowlcanteen knows how to please the masses.