28 Riddell Parade, Elsternwick, VIC
03 9523 0716
When five seasoned hospitality professionals decided to open a cafe together, there wasn’t much debate around the name – Penta, meaning five, was the perfect fit.
Located conveniently across the road from Elsternwick train station, Penta is the suburb’s newest cafe, providing great coffee, great food and even better service to locals.
Julien Moussi, Kristy-Lea Deva, Nicky Campbell, Cory Slater and Stuart Deva are the five names behind the venture. They each hold years of experience in the industry and between them already run a slew of successful cafes, including My Other Brother in Camberwell, Legacy Camberwell, and Temperance Society in Hughesdale. At Penta, Stuart and Cory run day-to-day operations, while Kirsty is General Manager and Nicky is Executive Chef.
Nicky has created what many would call the perfect menu, full of both savoury and sweet options that will have you tossing up until someone takes your order. The Nutella pannacotta has quickly arisen to near-cult status, while the Penta benedict, served with braised beef cheek, watercress, poached eggs and jalapeno hollandaise on sweet potato waffles, is following close behind.
The okonomiyaki will introduce Asian flavours to your breakfast palate, served with spring onions, pickled ginger, a poached egg, kewpie mayo and hoisin sauce.
Coffee is just as important here, so the house blend is roasted by Dimattina Coffee, which has created a custom blend just for the team. Maker Fine Coffee looks after all their black coffee needs.
All of these delicious goodies can be consumed in a space very different to what Melburnians are used to. Ritz & Ghougassian designed the venue, and UWood brought their vision to life, using five tonnes of concrete, stone and stainless steel to create an environment that fits in with the architecture of the larger building while appearing grand in scale.
Penta is bringing beautiful brunches to the suburbs. It’s just the latest link in a chain of creative cafes, looking after the coffee needs of Melburnians everywhere.