Woodcutters Kitchen is a woodfired nano-bakery and family-friendly cafe in Bentleigh East.
What is a nano-bakery? Everything is small batch, made from scratch from local and where possible organic ingredients, then baked in a woodfired oven.
Two pizza ovens take pride of place in the front dining room. The kitchen is busy pumping out loaves (and toast) for breakfast and pizzas at lunchtime.
The front room leads down a ramp into another dining area, then there are two toilets (one with the change table) and then the best part of all – a gorgeous courtyard with a custom-built cubbyhouse by Castle and Cubby. It’s styled as ‘Little Woodcutters Bakery’ and is filled with ride-on toys and a few books.
The courtyard catches the midday sun and is filled with raised garden beds and furniture built with recycled apple crates, pallets and fence palings by Dan the Veggie Bin Man.
Woodcutters Kitchen serves Dukes coffee and uses the coffee in their menu items. If you’re there in the morning I reckon the best looking item on the menu is the oven toasted chocolate rum and raisin loaf, Dukes Coffee Highwire Organic infused mascarpone and berry compote.
As we’re there at lunchtime our choices are limited to loaves, pizzas and salads. I hope they decide to do an all-day breakfast menu (as is the trend with many Melbourne cafes) so that more options are available for lunch goers.
Baby 2.0 and I share a Margherita style Bakers Pizza ($15). The dough is bready, rather than stretchy and pliable like Neapolitan style pizza, so it’s a matter of preference. The wood gives the crust a nice charred taste and I like the flavour of the red sauce that hints at oregano.
The children’s menu offers the same pizza at half the size for $9 but I reckon if you have a hungry child they’ll probably demolish the Bakers Pizza easily. The kid’s menu also includes pancakes, toast, cereal and shakes ($7-$9).
The charred asparagus salad comes with baked lemons, parmesan and incredibly hard croutons that I have to leave behind. It’s not much chop for $17 so I reckon stick with the pizzas and forgo the greens.
On your way out you can buy their artisan bread loaves including spelt, country white and wholemeal. The aroma of the 12-grain loaf keeps us salivating on the way home!
As we visit during the soft opening the service is a bit harried and confused, but with time these issues should be ironed out. Woodcutters Kitchen is sure to be popular with local families with the warmer weather, as the outdoor space is a great place to hang out and enjoy a pizza and a drink while the kids play.
- Pram access;
- High chairs;
- Change table;
- Cubbyhouse in courtyard;
- Children’s menu;
- Standard menu suitable for kids; and
- free street parking.
Woodcutters Kitchen, 69 Mackie Road, Bentleigh East 0410 854 984
Wednesday to Sunday 9am – 3pm