Dakdak looks like a nine-year-old boy’s bedroom. Matchbox cars, Tonka trucks and other ’90s toys decorate the cafe, which is hidden among factories in the industrial sector of Moorabbin. Owner Benjamin Cowen is a self-confessed hoarder and film buff with an affinity for vintage vehicles.
With its high ceiling and a concrete floor, the space feels more like a warehouse than a cafe. Most of the furniture was donated by customers, which means seating is a mix of old couches, retro armchairs and plastic tables. A food truck is permanently parked at the back, where the food is prepared by three chefs.
The kid-friendly menu includes breakfast options such as baked eggs; smashed avocado; and the popular Vego Dakdak – poached eggs with crispy rosemary potatoes, chilli-and-lemon smashed avocado, roast tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms with house-made hollandaise.
Lunch includes BLT sandwiches, salads, burgers and pulled-pork rolls.
Dakdak’s coffee beans are from Goat House Cafe Roastery in Elsternwick, and the blend is called Forty Horse – a cheeky reference to the power rating of Cowen’s beloved Volkswagens.
For a real “blast from the past” experience, come to Dakdak on Saturday mornings. While Cowen’s fellow car enthusiasts enjoy their morning coffee, you can admire the vintage Volkswagens that came with them.