36 Brewer St
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
Coffee: The Maling Room Symmetry Blend
“As newly weds, it’s very important to us that we keep doing the things we love. For G, that’s enjoying time with his PlayStation 4, and for me, it’s eating and trying new places. It sounds like a terrible deal for my hubby, doesn’t it? It’s with this in mind, we recently decided to try District Brewer in Bentleigh, after spying some great Insta-shots of the food on offer here.
The venue is in an unlikely location across the road from Bentleigh Primary School, on Brewer Street. The surrounding shops are relatively small mum and pop type stores with this venue clearly upping the sophistication of the neighbourhood. Inside the venue reveals tanned woods and white walls that are framed with black steel, leading into a small courtyard out the back lined with AstroTurf and chalkboard-style art. A couple of small dogs were in the back which made the venue all the more appealing to me, knowing I can bring my pup for future visits.
The house blend here is The Maling Room Symmetry Blend, which had a burnt nose but a sweet, chocolatey, berry-like flavour to it. It was very smooth and a pleasure to drink.
We had arrived on the lunch side of brunch and I have been thinking about crispy chicken lately. I was immediately drawn to the Southern Fried Chicken Burger – buttermilk chicken, red onion, garlic mayonnaise, iceberg, lemon wedge [$15] add shoestring fries [+$5]. G is a lover of what he calls “the Elvis breakfast”, and ordered one of the specials – District Waffles – Belgian waffles, berry compote, fresh strawberries, vanilla mascarpone, almonds + chocolate custard [$16] add bacon [~$4].
While we waited for food we started into our weekend routine. G sources himself a magazine – Smith Journal (which he was very taken with) while I tapped away on my phone to write this review for you. A true husband and wife scene in the modern world were we disappeared into our own existence.
The food here was served very quickly despite being relatively full. Within 15 minutes our mains came out, with my side of chips (ordered late) following minutes afterwards.
My southern style crispy chicken was coated in a gorgeous batter. It was super crispy with a hint of heat coming through the batter. There was some oil beneath the immediate surface of the chicken, which left me feeling a little greasy once I’d finished my burger – but don’t let that put you off. The lemon contrast against the chicken batter lefties the sweetness in the batter, which was then nicely complimented by the sweet brioche bun, which held their own despite the fillings and mayo. The serving of fries was very generous and they were served fresh out of the fryer – crispy and salty. Just the way I like ’em!
G’s waffles were thick, fluffy and crispy on the outside. He felt that the berries were really nice and fresh and the chocolate custard was decadent. While he didn’t add the bacon onto the plate, he alternated between the two and was adamant it still worked (personally I’m not so sure!).
District Brewer is a friendly, relaxed cafe with great man food on the menu and cool tunes on the playlist. The service was friendly and fast, the coffee was excellent and the food is hearty. Need I say more?”
Final thought: “Great man-food”