1932 Cafe & Restaurant

Manchester Unity Building Arcade, 220, Collins Street, CBD, Melbourne
03 9663 5494
Australian, Cafe


  • Fish Buddi Burger
  • Angus Burger
  • Summer Salad
  • Brunch Salad

The Good

The special Fish Buddi Burger was most definitely a showstopper. Served within a charcoal bun, the generous chunks of fish fingers dangled precariously out or the burger. Biting into the burger reveals a meaty, juicy inner thanks to the perfectly fried fish fingers. The crisp, golden brown batter offered up an excellent crunch sensation, nicely juxtaposed by the fresh, cream lettuce as well as lettuce and tomato. Coupled with the soft, buttery charcoal brioche,

We also enjoyed the Angus Burger. Featuring plenty of bacon and a crispy fried egg, this burger certainly brought back the memories of a good old fish’n’chip shop style burgers. The bacon was nicely rendered down, it’s crispness nicely accompanied by the crispy edges of the fried egg. Underneath sat the gem, a juicy, very flavourful Angus beef patty. The coarse ground ensured great flavour and loads of juicy goodness. Along with the sweetness of the tomato relish and just a tinge of spice from the sirarcha aioli, this burger most certainly did not disappoint and went exceptionally with a pint of beer!

Chips often get overlooked as a mere accompaniment to the burgers. However the fat boy chips here most certainly deserve a special mention. The outer was lightly battered and fried to a perfect golden brown, it’s crispness was perfectly contrasted by the fluffy, pillowy soft inner that was just divine. Wth just a tad of seasoning scattered throughout, this has got to be one of the best ways to enjoy the humble potato.

We balanced off our gluttonous meal with some healthier items like the special Summer Salad. Within the leaves of rocket and roast capsicum hid a giant bun of Fior di Latte. The beautifully fresh cheese was amazingly light yet carried a divine milky sensation, nicely paired with the sweetness from the thin slices of honeydew and rockmelon.

We also enjoyed the Brunch Salad. Arguably a heartier option, we found a generous helping of quinoa mixed with brown rice forming the base of the dish. This was of course accompanied by plenty of crunchy chickpeas, cubes of soft, gooey pumpkins and tangy fermented cabbage. All held together with the orange chive dressing offering just a hint of sweetness, and topped with traditional breakfast items like the humble avocado and poached egg, this was one colourful dish that certainly did not disappoint.

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The Verdict

Situated at the stunning ground-level arcade of the iconic Manchester Unity Building, 1932 Cafes brings back memories of the good old 19th Century glamor. Be fascinated by the stunning displays Art Deco and period pieces throughout the restaurant, though certainly don’t expect a meal dating back to the 30s.

1932 Cafe has combined the best of both worlds, offering patrons a modern day dining option with stunning old-world vibes.

Would Penguin Eat Again?

You bet!

Penguineats would like to thank 1932 Cafe & Restaurant for inviting us.

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