HOT: The Pantry, 1 Church St, Brighton

Pantry Church Street Brighton

Heading to the beachside suburbs of Melbourne is now a day-trip for my northside self. But not only is it geographically distant, it’s almost a foreign land compared to my local hood (which centers around the Un-Safeway of Smith Street). This is a land where fake boobs bob perkily above skinny soy decaf lattes, where women aim to emulate the look of cinnamon sticks and no one has anything but swishy layered hair. I didn’t even notice the men, I was so astounded by these exotic birds of Brighton.

Pantry sits in the heart of Church Street and it’s the perfect place for the Brighton set – sleek, shiny and white. The menu contains standards-with-a-twist with a wee Brighton-price premium and our meals were healthy, delicious and nicely presented. I had seared yellow fin tuna with diced tomato and an outstanding salad of finely shredded cabbage, dill and parmesan shavings ($24) – the salad definitely outshined the rather tasteless cubes of fish.

Pantry Church Street Brighton

J had an omelette of mushrooms, spinach and ricotta with a tomato and basil salsa ($17.50) and L ordered the open chicken sandwich with avocado, mayonnaise, honey seeded mustard – and a quarter  head of lettuce ($17).  Both dishes looked quite nice and drew neither criticisms or accolades.

Pantry Church Street Brighton

L has been eating at Pantry since she was a teenager and I can see why it’s sustained business for the last 16 years. It’s  a winning formula – good solid food + relaxed surroundings + friendly service. I wouldn’t cross town for it, but it’s a nice place to hang out on the weekend if you’re in the area.

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4 thoughts on “HOT: The Pantry, 1 Church St, Brighton

  1. This was one of my local hangouts another lifetime ago when I was living in Melbourne. It’s great. Especially on a nice sunny day, perfect place for brunch sitting outside (and to be seen!). I would definitely recommend!

  2. the chocolate pudding is to die for, but honestly im not sure if its worth the service they give nowadays. the fact that hire staff based on looks and not on actual hospitality skill is crap.
    i live locally and i know of people who are approached along church st, asked to work just on how they look.

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