Canadian girl living and loving Melbourne. Mum, freelance writer and chaser of all experiences worth talking about.
Published April 15th 2014
Killer cuisine and contemporary charms alive and well in Melbourne's inner west cafe
We all need a bit of familiarity and reliability in life. We all need that one neighbourhood cafe we come back to time and time again where we just know we'll be treated like gold and the food will be outstanding. Every time. Without fail. A place where we fill our tummies with a beautiful meal, immensely enjoy the process and leave feeling totally content. If you dwell in Melbourne's inner west, more specifically in Spotswood, Chase Kitchen is the place for you.
Chase Kitchen on Spotswood's Hudson's Road is the new kid on the block, opening their doors a mere seven months ago. However, in what feels like the blink of an eye, they have well and truly made their mark and are rapidly solidifying their reputation as THE place for contemporary and mouth watering meals in the area.
Stroll into this unassuming venue any day of the week and you'll encounter a bubbling scene, illustrating a vast cross reference of the diversity in the inner west. Groups of polished professionals, trendy couples young and old, chatty yet sleep deprived new mums and their babies, exhausted cyclists famished and desperate for fuel, lively groups of friends in the midst of a long overdue catch up - Chase Kitchen is the place for anyone. The overall vibe is relaxed, and simplicity is the theme here. Yet never one to be dull, the place is abuzz with animated conversation, offering an upbeat, community feel.
Creating an open, airy feel with floor to ceiling windows, the folks at Chase have strategically set up a space where the hum of chatter and the steady stream of dedicated, hungry patrons don't feel at all overwhelming. Additionally, and if not more importantly, their good service is definitely not compromised, even at the busiest of times.
The owner operators Chey and Tracey, and their staff, are truly delightful and make you feel sincerely valued by humbly remembering what meal you ate the last time you were there. Which brings me to my favourite part....the food!
Genuinely beautiful, seriously succulent and bursting with honest to goodness rich flavour is what Chase Kitchen cooks up. Never one to go past a pulled pork bun, I simply couldn't resist. It was presented perfectly on a warm, super soft brioche roll. Loaded with flavourful and tender pork, it was enhanced with a creamy, fresh Asian slaw. Served with piping hot chips, I polished it off the entire plate in about four minutes flat.
I've also tried their slow cooked lamb shank wrap. There are no words to adequately describe this sensational dish. Stuffed with 'falling off the bone' tender lamb, complimented by an outstanding home made tzatziki, mingled with the crispest of salads, bundled in the freshest of wraps. There are plenty of other tempting classics to sample - their famous Boston burger, the caesar chicken tortilla or their baked eggs served with cheese kransky sausage and house made baked beans. Any one of them would've been outstanding, as plenty of devoted locals keep coming back for more.
If you're hankering to satisfying that sweet tooth, believe me, Chase Kitchen more than provides. In fact, do yourself a favour and order their chocolate and peanut butter slice. It looks like any old brownie but it tastes like pure heaven. Served warm and drizzled with caramel, it's ooey gooey goodness that rendered me speechless. We North American girls take our love for peanut butter VERY seriously and much to our disappointment, the almighty concoction is somewhat elusive here in Australia. Any inclusion of peanut butter in a dessert here in our adopted country is a welcome delight, reminiscent of our peanut butter-obsessed continent. If an indulgent thick shake is more suited to your palate, I hear the cookies and cream shake is an absolute winner.
Chocolate peanut butter slice with a smooth Chase latte
Before opening their doors to their now sumptuous kitchen, owners Chey and Tracey completely revamped the once tired looking property. They have successfully transformed a former scrapbooking shop into the thriving, welcoming community hub that has now become a vital part of the morning ritual for caffeine lovers across the west. (Their coffee is the perfect blend of flavourful, bold and creamy!) Since opening, Chase Kitchen has managed to carve out the perfect niche for themselves, filling a much needed gap in the community. Hudson's Road boasts plenty of very specific culinary delights, however none of which serve up the classic, satisfying, just plain good Aussie fare on offer at Chase.
Sit inside and soak up the atmosphere, or sit outside and soak up the sun. Grab a desperately needed early morning latte or indulge in a massive lunchtime feast. Whatever your reason for a visit, Chase Kitchen will not disappoint.