The Yellow Donkey is a great addition to the Bentleigh strip. In what is something of an oddity for a street with such a vibrant scene for cafes & Co during the day, Centre Rd does not hold all that many late night venues; TYD is another good step in correcting that.
What's more though, this is not just a place good for a 'last port of call' but instead suits to begin your evening - or indeed, make it your 'one stop shop' for a night out. This is the case for a number of reasons.
Immediately noticeable about the venue is both the distinctive name and the effort towards making the bar a standout as one passes by. This is seen by the bold lettering of the logo, and the venue being well-lit throughout. And, as distinct from just being a attraction from the outside, wandering on in to spot a donkey figurine above the bar, as well as adorning the wall in the hallway affirms this is a establishment that knows what it means to go the extra mile design-wise.
this is a establishment that knows what it means to go the extra mile design-wise.
Concerning the menu, a hybrid of Greek and Mediterranean food is on offer. Souvlaki can be spotted on one table just as a burger is on the next. In particular, the latter is especially well represented, with a wide range of burgers from the 'Greek' (beef pattie, Feta, capsicum and olive paste), to the 'Swiss'(beef pattie, Swiss cheese, bacon, cooked onion, lettuce, mustard and ketchup), offered alongside your familiar Aussie and Veggie varieties.
This to say, while not a dedicated burger joint, it'd take a long while to get through all the burgers listed on the menu; and you'd have much fun doing so if you tried.
Alongside this, TYD is also a licensed bar. Alongside the tried and true alcoholic offerings found in Melbourne the bar has Yellow Donkey beer, a brew hailing from the Santorini Brewery in Greece. While many may have had a sip of Ouzo in their time, Greek beer is yet to appear widely across all of Melbourne. So, even for those who may not be all that hungry on a particular night, TYD still has much to draw in a visitor.
Regarding the facilities, TYD has ample seating with some tables along Centre Rd, inside the restaurant itself and out the back in the courtyard. This area in particular is a great drawcard, for alongside offering a back entrance to the restaurant - which surely draws many people in for a quick beer who otherwise just had plans to pick up some milk at the supermarket across from it - it also is a great place to sit on a warm evening after-hours and enjoy the quieter side of Bentleigh away from the bustle of Centre Rd.
Finally, kudos should also go to TYD for a active and vibrant social media presence. At time of writing their Facebook is approaching 1000 likes and it is not hard to see why. Alongside consistently posting new updates on Facebook they'll also make mention of other folks who have dined in and featured the bar on their Instagram, or things going on more widely in the community.
While obviously this has a benefit for the business, so too does this build a bigger sense of community about the place, and this is a great thing for a suburban establishment that shows again that suburban bars can well compete with CBD and inner-city venues online.
The Yellow Donkey. A great place to get a burger, beer and enjoy Bentleigh after-hours.