Dawson is Kew's Newest Foodie Destination

Dawson is the all-day cafe and restaurant Kew has been waiting for. Offering a change of pace for High Street, the new 80-seater venue has been brought to life by two of Melbourne's most exciting young chefs, Emily Wood and Majid Jreige. 

Emily has worked with some of Melbourne's best including Scott Pickett at Saint Crispin, Chapel Street's Morris Jones & Co., the degustation only Amaru Restaurant and, more recently, the Insta-worthy cafe Lights in the Attic. Majid is no stranger to Instagram either, with a stint at EZARD leaving him well versed in the art of plating and his creations renowned for earning many hundreds of likes on the photo sharing app.

Despite their fine dining backgrounds the pair will focus on creating approachable, comfortable food at Dawson, with a few high-end twists. "We've really tried to create a menu that reflects the sort of food we love to cook and eat. There's technique but it’s approachable. We want to get to know our diners, share the everyday moments with them – not just the big events," said Majid Jreige

The breakfast menu runs until 4pm so there’s plenty of time to try dishes like the Breakfast Bowl with broccolini, kale, avocado, edamame, beetroot labneh, dukkah, almonds and a poached egg. More indulgent options include the Dawson Benedict with pulled bbq brisket, poached eggs, hollandaise on house made sweet potato & pecorino waffles.

Not a morning person? When the clock strikes 12, there's a range of substantial salads to choose from including a Miso Glazed Salmon Soba Noodle Salad with broccoli, edamame, spring onion, bean shoots, fresh herbs and a soy and sesame dressing. The sharing menu offers a selection of small plates including a Sticky Pork Belly – Otway pork with an aromatic glaze, sesame, radish and herbs; and the Saganaki with grilled peach, oregano and orange blossom honey. 

Formerly a pizza restaurant, Dawson also has one of two Italian made Kuma Forni pizza ovens in Australia. The wood-fired oven features a mechanical rotating base so every pizza is cooked to perfection. The usual suspects are on the menu but why not try the Zucchini Pizza with za'atar, charred capsicum, olives and Meredith goat’s cheese.

Save room for dessert at Dawson. Try the Passionfruit Cheesecake with oat and honey crumble, passionfruit curd, mango sorbet cocoa nib tuile and lemon balm or the decadent Warm Fudge Brownie with miso caramel, salted caramel popcorn, chocolate soil and hazelnut ice cream.

The wine list is almost exclusively Australian as is the beer list, which focuses heavily on local craft breweries. There's a short but cheerful cocktail list with a standout being the Lychee Mojito. The spirit list boasts local favourites including Four Pillars gin and Archie Rose vodka. Less hard-hitting drinks include turmeric and matcha lattes, proving Kew really has upped its brunch game.

It’s time to head up High Street for a change of pace this summer at Dawson.