The brainchild of KAIJU! Beer creators, brewers and brothers; Nat and Callum Reeves have opened a converted warehouse where you can dine in and sample some KAIJU! creations on tap.
Featuring mid-century retro future décor that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back into a 50s diner, this 445 square metre converted warehouse offers some of the tastiest beer and pizza in the south. With 16 beers on tap at any given time, the menu includes all the KAIJU! favourites, as well as rotating limited releases and collaboration brews with local up and coming brewers.
What you need to know
- Brewery KAIJU! has opened a cantina in Melbourne’s south
- There will be 16 beers on tap at any given time, from favourites to limited releases and collaborations
- With loads of pizza options on the menu as well as smaller snacks, it’s the perfect place for dinner and a drink
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“We’re really passionate about making beer and so we’re always thinking about ways to support the next generation of brewers with real industry experience,” said KAIJU! and KAIJU! Cantina co-founder Nat Reeves. “Something we’re exploring is making our brew kit available to student brewers on days when KAIJU! Cantina won’t be trading. Eventually, we’d love to feature some of the beers that come from these collaborations on our taps.”
With communal seating and a dog friendly outdoor seated area, enjoy KAIJU! Beer and tasty pizza in one of the cantina’s cosy nooks – or even seated in a Retro Toyota Coaster that houses its own seating area. For the bright and playful murals that line the cantina’s walls, they’ve bought along long-term KAIJU! collaborator Mikey Burton – the artist behind the beer’s distinctive labelling and artwork.
Chef Jay Jafari takes to the kitchen, where he’ll be drawing on his pizza making experiences that have seen him travel across kitchens in France, the United States and Canada. Armed with a state of the art pizza oven he’ll be preparing classic pizzas such as Capricciosa and Funghi, as well as more experimental ones, like the Cheeseburger Pizza, which is made up of Sam Marzano tomato, American cheese, ground beef, pickles and mustard.
They’ve also got a tropical pizza, a great pairing with the brewery’s iconic KAIJU! Krush Tropical Pale Ale. With a huge selection of vegan, gluten-free and kids meal options, it’s the perfect place for any gathering.
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“The idea for KAIJU! Cantina is that it doesn’t just cater to craft beer connoisseurs, but that the food is just as big a drawcard in making it a destination venue. Jay has been hand-stretching bases for 20 years and as a result, has an uncanny ability to make a superb pizza — every single time. I can’t wait for people to discover and fall in love with his food,” said Callum.
KAIJU! Cantina is located a stone’s throw from Huntingdale Station, Chadstone Shopping Centre and Monash University’s Clayton Campus.
Open Wednesday to Thursday from 4pm ‘til late and Friday to Sunday from midday until late. The venue accepts walk-ins, but seats will get snapped up fast so make sure to book in busier periods by heading here.
This article was made in partnership with KAIJU! Cantina.