Stop, rewind, and think back to the good old school days. Denis the Menace, the latest café to hit the streets of Cremorne (code for Richmond) is like a fun school for big kids.
As you walk past the fresh herb garden into the atrium-like warehouse, you’ll find playful toys such as Lego tractors and Mr Men mugs filled with sugar. The menu includes a section for your ‘Doodles/Notes’ and you’re encouraged to keep yourself entertained by playing ‘Connect the dots’ while you wait for your food.
There’s definitely no tuck shop list, but rather a much healthier menu for those who want their stomachs filled. You could start your day with Sounds like ‘A – SAH-IE’, a smooth blend of acai, mango, blueberry, topped with fresh coconut, watermelon, strawberries, banana and passionfruit. The Big Green Food Fight is served as a raw green mix of shredded kale, broccoli, avocado, buckwheat and pistachio. It’s full of super-foods, super crunch, and has a kick of fresh chilli with a perfectly poached egg.
When school’s really out, kids are catered for too, with a dedicated menu just for them. You can wash it down with a spot of colour (a pressed juice) or a seven seeds coffee and chase with a dark, rich, raw cacao and salted caramel slice.
Denis brings a bit of nostalgia, a hunk of quirk and a whole lot of deliciousness.
Denis The Menace
106-108 Chestnut Street, Cremorne 3121
Written by Darielle Ben-David
Photos by Peter Tarasiuk