“Georgie Porgie pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry, when the boys came out to play, Georgie Porgie ran away”.
It appears Georgie Porgie ran away to Bentleigh, and has taken up residency on Centre Road. This new south eastern café is brought to us by George Foundas, who has teamed up with former Top Paddock chef, Daniel Snooks, to bring good food and coffee to Bentleigh.
The café is named after King George IV, famed as the immensely rotund kissing King, who reigned from 1820 to 1830. Designed by Andrew Ashton from Work Art Life, the Georgie Porgie theme runs through the cafes branding, which features symbols representing Georgies character. The menus, and wall tapestry by Anna Farago, feature the Kings Crown, Loveless heart, forbidden kisses, crying eye, and right through to the cowardice white feather. The bright ‘xxx’ neon lights behind the main counter are also a nod to the historic nursery rhythm, which saw Georgie “Kissing the girls”. The modern fit out features pastel tones, white washed walls upholstered banquettes, and coffee bar that’s lined with Hexa-Cube 3D tiles, adding a geometric flair.
The menu is rich in seasonal ingredients, with the signature dish cleverly named Georgie Porgies’ pudding and pie; with bread and butter pudding, apple compote, mascarpone, and apple pie crumbs. Other breakfast options include the Lemon meringue hotcakes with lemon curd; Brulee black rice pudding; Avocado on toast with orange & sesame salt, and shaved radish; and Smoked kingfish, with charred onion, sorrel, yuzu mayo, potato crisps, and a poached egg. If you’re coming in for lunch, you can choose from the Panko crumbed chicken breast, with kohlrabi; Semolina gnocchi with raw and roast cauliflower, crispy kale, and spiced veloute; and Slow cooked wagyu rump cap in a black sesame roll.
Coffee is roasted by Clark St Roasters, and both espresso and batch brew options are available. Black coffee is made from the single origin of the day, which was the Kenyan Gichathaini, from the Nyeri region. This washed mix lot of SL28 ,SL34, Ruiru11, and Batian varietals, had sweet blackberry and toffee notes as an espresso.
Open from 7am daily, Georgie is set to win the hearts of Melbourne foodies.
397 Centre Road
Bentleigh VIC 3204