Having come from a background of late night tequila and Mexican cuisine at Maya Tequila Bar and Grill, co-owners Brian Townsend and Elliot Wood chose to open their cafe Two Dudes Kitchen for a change of pace. “I wanted to move away from alcohol for a while. There’s a whole new market our there and they aren’t big drinkers - it’s then understanding that cafe culture and saying, ‘lets be a part of that as well,” Townsend explains.

The duo make good use of the space, with a warm and surprisingly spacious interior. Fitted out by carpenter friends, the varying layers of wood finish counter tops and exposed brick walls create the appropriate ‘dude’ atmosphere. The menu also continues their ‘manly man’ theme, with feast like options including a cheese and chive topped chilli dog and hearty meatball melt.

With plans for outdoor seating and a liquor license to serve up Vegemite Bloody Marys, it invites the chilled out crowds of the area to sit around and become familiar with the guys. “We’re small, friendly…you can come in and have a joke with us,” Townsend says. A hangout for whiling away the hours with good mates.

Two Dudes Kitchen
503 Malvern Road, South Yarra
(03) 9827 6161

Mon to Sun 6am-3pm