Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar
Notes (in their own words):

Opening times: Mon-Fri – 5pm to midnight; Sat-Sun – midday to midnight.

Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar is the collaboration of two craft brewers – Jamie Cox from Kooinda Brewery and Clyde D’Angelis from Sideshow Brewing. The two partners renovated a large industrial space in Eltham with recycled, up-cycled, retro and handcrafted pieces that create a rustic charm to this otherwise harsh environment.

Behind the bar built with recycled bricks is a choice of 20 taps (15 hand selected craft beers and 5 ciders from Australia) and a bottle fridge that continues the seemingly never ending choice of local crafted goodness. The best place to start is with the house tap CHOP – a special pilsner style brew. To accompany the beer list, they have carefully selected the ‘stand outs’ from local winemakers from the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Geelong regions. Plus there are spirits and cocktails.

Looking in from the outside of the open plan kitchen, a glass deli cabinet presents an array of meats, cheese and antipasti ingredients to entice your taste buds and, hanging above it, are large steel hooks displaying handcrafted cured meats. There are also a range of cooked dishes, from a bbq grill and spit to pizza and gourmet sausages.

The Prosciutto Bros. have created a relaxed, happy and fun atmosphere where you can walk in, find your spot at a table, stool or booth, soak up the easy listening tunes in the background or the live weekend entertainment while awakening every taste bud with simple home style Italian family recipes washed down with a local crafty beer or two.

Puss & Mew
Local outlets:
Cellar door (Thursdays to Sundays)
Blackburn Cellars
Dan Murphy’s Marketplace
Nunawading Market
Notes (in their own words):

Puss & Mew is a boutique gin distillery, making small batch craft gin. Their various gins are created using a combination of three methods: steeping (boiling botanicals in the pot), vapour infusion (placing botanicals in the vapour path during distillation) and compounding (botanicals soaked in the spirit post distillation). This allows them to extract the richest flavours from their ingredients.

They are also a bar and restaurant, open Thursdays to Sundays.

They also run gin masterclasses most Saturdays, where you are guided through the process of making your own gin.