Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
294 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia
Bang Bang at the Rifle Club has taken over the historic Caufield Rifle Club site.
The Indochine-inspired cafe and bar, located near Elsternwick Station, is the place to be for everything from early morning coffees to late-night cocktails and everything in between.
Firing up the kitchen is Matthew Dunbar. Matthew, who previously worked at Longrain, has created a menu that interprets the flavours of South East Asia as influenced by French cuisine.
“I think that more than anything, travelling through most of South East Asia has really simplified my approach to food. I just want to bring some really great food to Bang Bang and have people enjoy it,” said Matthew.
Start your mornings with authentic breakfast options. Think black sticky rice porridge with coconut broth, or a savoury option like congee with XO sauce topped with masterstock pork and a crispy egg. Other brunch favourites include smoked trout with prawns and spring onion; or charred corn with oyster mushrooms and ginger. No brunch is complete without a caffeine hit and Bang Bang at the Rifle Club is right on target with Seven Seeds coffee.
Throughout the day, Bang Bang at the Rifle Club offers baguettes and jasmine rice bowls, both with vibrant fillings that include crispy fried chicken with mint; coriander and chilli; or soft shell crab with papaya and tamarind salad.
During the evenings, you can start with a variety of bar snacks. Adventurous diners will love crispy crickets with beef jerky – if you’re not quite sure what the best wine pairing is, the friendly staff have plenty of local and French suggestions to help you get started. Small share plates include tofu and crisp pumpkin laab; or confit duck leg with pomelo and peanuts.
Move on to more substantial items, where the flavours of French cuisine are more prominent. A whole rotisserie chicken served with steamed bread will feed almost the whole family, while another popular choice is the chargrilled Cape Grim rump cap with wild ginger and holy basil broth.
Keeping with the South East Asian theme, the cocktail offerings are light and refreshing. Ripe summer fruits from the bar make the perfect pairing for the bright herbs and aromatics from the kitchen.