After feeling frustrated at the lack of gallery and performance spaces in Osaka, Yuka Harte decided to open her own. Serving food to subsidise the rent for the gallery space above, the premise behind Disco Beans has remained the same since relocating the project to Australia in 2008, despite having recently relocated from Northcote to Preston.
The menu is predominantly vegan and abundant in gluten-free options. Importantly, there is toast with every known accompaniment known to man, including an edamame hummus and homemade guacamole. The baked eggs, Queen’s Blend muesli and scrambled eggs provide a more conventional introduction into the day, whereas the ‘Disco Fiesta’ and cheese toasties will help sink the deepest of hangovers. For those visiting later in the day, the okonomiyaki and various curries are great ways to warm up when it’s particularly frosty outside.
Recently, Disco Beans decided to reopen for dinner service, offering favourites like mock-meat fried chicken, sushi and gyoza, with a six-course Japanese banquet for the truly famished.
The plan is to have as many exhibitions, installations and murals as possible, as well as being open for events and private functions upon request. That’s the best thing about Disco Beans: you just never know what will be adorning the walls or windows when you sit down for your next meal.