Dexter, Preston

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MELBOURNE | Dexter surprised a few people when it opened in the middle of 2015, not so much for the on-trend food it was doing, but for its location in Preston. While there’s always been a great selection of food in Preston, along High Street closer to the Preston Market, large parts of the suburb had been devoid of quality food options, and it certainly wasn’t a suburb that you’d head to for a hot new opening.

Now it’s 2018 and with more and more young people are moving to Preston, priced out of suburbs closer to the CBD, the decision to locate Dexter where it is makes more and more sense. The concept is Southern style barbecue at its heart, but with a decidedly non-traditional twist. Those looking for the now familiar in Australia, Texas style barbecue will be surprised when they look at the menu at Dexter. Beef brisket is cured and served thicker than at most places, grilled corn is slathered in Sriracha, while things like kimchi and whipped butter also find their way into certain dishes.

The signature item that anyone visiting Dexter needs to order is the meat doughnuts. It’s what Dexter has become famous so and one bite will make you realise why. Batter is filled with burnt brisket ends, then deep-fried and dusted with paprika and sugar. The result is a moist, crispy, sweet and savoury delight. The burnt Sriracha corn is fantastic, as is the Kentucky fried cauliflower. We’re also big fans of the pigs head croquette bun – a soft brioche bun filled with a dense pigs head croquette, pineapple, vinegar slaw, a little hot sauce and BBQ mayo. It’s very tasty. An assortment of other buns is on offer, along with meat trays.

For drinks it’s local craft beers on the taps along with an assortment of cans and bottles. The mostly local wine list, and cocktail menu is decent too.

Sometimes the things at Dexter don’t work, but more often than not they do, and we applaud any place in Melbourne that makes an effort to do things a bit different, with purpose.

Dexter

456 High Street
Preston
Victoria 3072
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9973 3577
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Tue – Thu: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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