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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published October 29th 2020
Opening up Cali-Mex food choices in Werribee and Geelong
Bobby Dre's
Bobby Dre's


Bobby Dre's is opening stores in Werribee in Melbourne's West, and also in Geelong in regional Victoria. A great addition to suburban and Geelong palates that have been starved for new food experiences during lockdown.

Originally from South America with a Mexican background, Luis Oliva and Helen Witton bring a taste of their combined Californian-Mexican culture.

Bobby Dre's
Bobby Dre's


Oliva says, "Apart from my mum's house, I had no idea where to go for authentic, Mexican tacos in Melbourne. Now all can enjoy this experience." Witton says "We decided to offer Australians a true Californication experience of burgers and tacos".

Bobby Dre's
Bobby Dre's


Named after their son Andre Robert, affectionately called Bobby Dre, the venue has become synonymous with honest Mexican eats and a relaxed Californian vibe. The food philosophy is simple - introduce Australians to satisfying, honest Cali-Mex cuisine made with exceptional ingredients.

Over the years, the duo have perfected the balance of offering authenticity and innovation in creating an inclusive menu with dishes to suit an Australian palate and lifestyle. For example, their commitment to tradition can be seen in their decision to handmake fresh dough every day for their tortillas, created with Mexican corn flour, following traditional techniques from ancient Mayan and Aztec times.

Yet, their menu also allows their creativity to shine through with health-conscious bowls and lighter burgers. Something for everyone. With the opening of the new venues, the team is adding churros to the menu and introducing a loaded churros special with customisable toppings each month. Kids are going to love this ... and more than a few adults!

Bobby Dre's
Bobby Dre's


Traditionally found in Mexico as a fried dessert, the Bobby Dre's team handmakes their churro dough daily, wringing it through the churro machine before it's fried, doused in cinnamon sugar and piled with different colours and flavours. Toppings are available as rotating options, so customers will always be surprised with an array of options.

In addition to their main menu, Bobby Dre's offers Mexican-style high tea, where savoury is favoured over sweets, and margaritas are the drink of choice.

Bobby Dre's
Bobby Dre's


For a celebratory event that isn't like your average British afternoon tea, or for those who want to taste-test everything on the menu, this experience offers a selection of burgers, tacos and a dessert of choice, created with special family recipes handed down to Witton from her burger-loving uncle. They also do baby shower high teas that sound like heaps of fun. High teas are roughly $30-$35 and need to be booked in advance.

See the website.

Originally in the inner city, Bobby Dre's stores are moving further out. With the idea of reaching out to families and having more space for social distancing regulations. Bobby Dre's Geelong store opened on October 29th, in what was previously an old terrace house. A vibrant homely space, filled with light and feature custom art from local Ocean Grove artist, Leah Jett.

Parents rejoice as there's an outdoor dining area with a playground. Perfect for local families or tourists with kids travelling through the area. There are a lot of freebies during the opening, including happy hour drinks all day long, discount deals and a lucky dip for kids! Keep an eye on their Facebook for specials.

To aid with COVID-19 safety, bookings are a must.

The Werribee venue will open in late November. This will be a modernised interior of Spanish/Mexican-style concrete plaster walls and raw timber, with modern lighting fixtures with and artworks commissioned to recreate the vibrancy of Mexico's landscape and culture. The Bobby Dre's team see the opening of their new venues as an opportunity for people to reconnect after months of social separation.

Again, keep an eye on their Facebook so you don't miss out on some great deals.

The new venues are:

Bobby Dre's Geelong

Opened October 29th 2020
359 Pakington Street Newtown

Opening Hours:
Tues - Thurs: 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30 - 9pm
Fri - Sat: 11:30am - late
Sun: 11:30am - 8:30pm

Bobby Dre's Werribee

Opens late November 2020
54 Watton Street Werribee VIC 3030

Opening Hours:
Tues - Thurs: 11:30am - 3pm, 5:30 - 9pm
Fri - Sat: 11:30am - late
Sun: 11:30am - 8:30pm
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Why? Cali-Mex delights. Yes, please.
Where: Two locations Geelong and Werribee - See article
Cost: Various
Your Comment
Nadine, I bet everyone will be glad to get out and dine out for a change. Hopefully you can travel again soon too. Susan
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1789) 24 days ago
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