There has been a renewed sense of excitement on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn of late with the recent opening of cheery all-day eatery Crabapple Kitchen. A crisp white façade offset by cheerful awnings welcomes passing foot traffic and a tempting array of baked sweet treats, reminiscent of a primary school tuckshop, entices diners.
Pleasingly, Crabapple Kitchen offers much more than sweets and coffee, tempting as they are. Owner Greg Feck is a seasoned chef with a love for travel and good food. Feck founded the eatery with the intent of using Victorian produce of the highest quality to create a menu influenced by his worldwide adventures.
Before working at Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder as executive head chef for six years, Feck was sous chef for the likes of Jamie Oliver and Ben O’Donoghue, and has done a lot of globetrotting between, as witnessed by the collection of his travel photographs proudly framed and displayed at Crabapple Kitchen. The menu is extensive and considered, with breakfast, lunch and sharing items on offer. Some items are accompanied by a few sentences detailing the inspiration behind the dish, such as the baked eggs, which cites Jalandhar City, India as its muse.
The space is bustling but efficient, with staff expertly seating patrons, filling water glasses and clearing plates with gusto. Carpeted floors, which add a touch of homeliness, come together with the fireplace, exposed red brick walls and the industrial pendant lighting to offer a lovely hideaway for those seeking respite from Glenferrie Road.
The fully licensed Crabapple Kitchen is now open for breakfast and lunch. Saturday night dinners commence this week (August 4), for which they are already accepting bookings.
659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
(03) 9078 5492
Mon to Sun 7am–5pm
Dinner, Sat from 6pm