Reunion and Co

7:00am - 4:00pm
472 Bridge Road Richmond 3121

For Richmond locals Nicole Hateley and Darian Szyszka, there was something mysteriously appealing about this white corner-store on Bridge Road. After walking past for more than two years, they leased the old building and transformed it into Reunion and Co.

The pair created a space where people could “re-unite” in a local, convivial atmosphere, as if in their own lounge rooms. Coming from design and architecture backgrounds, Hateley and Szyszka designed the space themselves with help from Hot Black.

They kept the old-world feel of the building’s metal-pressed ceiling and stained-glass windows, while adding their own modern touches, such as exposed bulbs and exposed cement walls. The space is warm, comfortable and stylish.

The extensive menu focuses on local and ethical produce. Head chef Gilly Singh (ex-chef at Top Paddock and Kettle Black) is kept busy curing trout, making pork sausages and even churning butter.

The menu features refined dishes all designed to be on the table in about 15 minutes. There's handmade paneer in pea fritters with poached eggs and a snow pea salad; and slow-cooked lamb shoulder on freshly baked flat bread and barley, topped with spiced labne and beetroot relish. Coffee is from Collingwood’s Allpress.