The Centre Road shopping strip in Bentleigh is home to about two dozen restaurants, cafés and bakeries. A variety of cuisines and dining styles are on offer, with most venues being quite casual. These eateries are some of the more popular options in Bentleigh, from hearty Italian fare to late-night Greek nibbles.
Little Tommy Tucker
Pesto eggs with butter thyme mushrooms from Bentleigh's Little Tommy Tucker cafe.
Little Tommy Tucker is a chic café with a killer all-day breakfast menu. The popular café boasts several 'big breakfast' type dishes with a gourmet twist, such as poached eggs with avocado and feta puree, seasonal mushrooms, grapes, quinoa and rye bread ($17). Young picky eaters may struggle to shovel down their flavoursome fare, so they also have a kids' menu, with dishes such as Vegemite mac and cheese ($7). Pricing is surprisingly reasonable, with nothing over $20 on the menu.
Red Pepper An Italian restaurant with atmosphere, Red Pepper is best known for their delicious pizza. Their gourmet pizza menu has many adventurous options. There are some which you may have seen before, such as tandoori chicken pizza and seafood pizza. However, you would be hard pressed to find some of their delicious concoctions elsewhere. Some of the more interesting options on their extensive gourmet pizza menu include Mexican, buffalo bocconcini cheese, and garlic prawn.
Bentleigh's Red Pepper is known for their unique pizzas. Image: Red Pepper.
Other Italian dishes are also available, with favourites such as pasta and risotto. Or, you could choose from the traditional pizzas, with takeaway joint staples such as barbecue chicken, capriciosa and meat lovers'.
Sushi Factory I never miss an opportunity to sing the praises of Bentleigh's Sushi Factory. With an ample selection of fresh hand rolls, they have unique flavour combinations uncommon to Japanese takeaway joints. If nothing in the display takes your fancy, they will happily whip up sushi to your specifications. Their hand rolls are pricey, but worth it.
The Sushi Factory is not the type of place to sit down and take your meal with leisure. There is not much in the way of ambience, with minimal seating available. Patrons jam into the tiny shop at peak times, when half a dozen staff are needed to keep up with serving customers. The Sushi Factory is best for takeaway.
The Yellow Donkey The Centre Road shopping strip is busiest during the day, with few places remaining open at dusk. Come 5pm, most shops are closed, with eateries following suit a few hours later. The Yellow Donkey is a game-changer for Bentleigh, closing at 9pm most nights, and at 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. With a swanky courtyard and modern interior, you would be forgiven for forgetting you are out in Bentleigh.
The Greek restaurant and bar has a wide-ranging menu, including bar snacks as well as more substantial meals such as souvlakia and burgers. As well as being an evening venue, The Yellow Donkey is also an ideal lunch spot, opening at 11am each day.
We are spoilt for choice in Bentleigh. I can recommend district Brewer on Brewer Road Great quirky food, makes it difficult to decide between there and Tommy Tuckers . A quirky restaurant worth giving a try is Bistro 309. It is an Indian Italian restaurant at 309 Centre Road. Great Indian food the Tandoori is the best. A great place if dealing with a variety of tastes, I am never swayed away from the Indian niceties. mmmmm I think I am due for some takeaway. I live nearby. It is also a good place for nights out yet it pays to book ahead as it can get busy
Surprised that no-one including the writer has ventured a little further and visited Noisette, the award winning bakery and pastry cafe that has opened its doors at 412 Centre Rd, Bentleigh. Amazing coffee, cakes and bread. And a fit out that is nothing like the area has.