Pantry Church Street Brighton

Heading to the beachside suburbs of Melbourne is now a day-trip for my northside self. But not only is it geographically distant, it’s almost a foreign land compared to my local hood (which centers around the Un-Safeway of Smith Street). This is a land where fake boobs bob perkily above skinny soy decaf lattes, where women aim to emulate the look of cinnamon sticks and no one has anything but swishy layered hair. I didn’t even notice the men, I was so astounded by these exotic birds of Brighton.

Pantry sits in the heart of Church Street and it’s the perfect place for the Brighton set – sleek, shiny and white. The menu contains standards-with-a-twist with a wee Brighton-price premium and our meals were healthy, delicious and nicely presented. I had seared yellow fin tuna with diced tomato and an outstanding salad of finely shredded cabbage, dill and parmesan shavings ($24) – the salad definitely outshined the rather tasteless cubes of fish.

Pantry Church Street Brighton

J had an omelette of mushrooms, spinach and ricotta with a tomato and basil salsa ($17.50) and L ordered the open chicken sandwich with avocado, mayonnaise, honey seeded mustard – and a quarter  head of lettuce ($17).  Both dishes looked quite nice and drew neither criticisms or accolades.

Pantry Church Street Brighton

L has been eating at Pantry since she was a teenager and I can see why it’s sustained business for the last 16 years. It’s  a winning formula – good solid food + relaxed surroundings + friendly service. I wouldn’t cross town for it, but it’s a nice place to hang out on the weekend if you’re in the area.

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