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The Gatekeeper 

My first meeting with Lee Eman was when he was head barista at The Merchant's Guild in Bentleigh. Since then I’ve watched him pave the way for future baristas, opening his own venue Hendriks in Mordialloc, which he designed and build with his father in law. Lee now brings us a fresh new space in the bayside suburb of Beaumaris, which has an interior that’s reflective of the beach vibe that’s merely a 15 minute walk from the Balcombe Road venue.

Why Gatekeeper? Well, Lee’s original venue location was beside a train station, and so the gatekeeper was a nod to the historic train officer who would manually raise and lower the boom gates. The location fell through, but the name endured.

I see this Gatekeeper as the commander in charge of controlling access to some delicious brews by way of a brand new Synesso S300 that’s been customised by the world-renowned Specht Designs. The menu pays homage to native Australian ingredients, such as lemon myrtle seed bark, wattle seeds, and warrigal greens.

Head chef Tayne Akyalcin created a delicious Bircher with chia, buckwheat, steel-cut oats, and coconut yoghurt topped with wattle seed, and macadamia crumble, and poached cranberry berries. The Benedict with Smokey mustard served on a Hashbrown is already proving to be a crowd-pleaser.

Find The Gatekeeper at 336 Balcombe Road.

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