5 and Dime Bagel Co. Bringing Manhattan to Melbourne
5 Dime & Bagels has been a bagel sensation since it began supplying to a plethora of Melbourne cafes and farmers' markets, the masterstroke of Zev Forman (pictured above). The issue has been keeping up with demand. The good news is that 5 Dime & Bagels has set up in the Melbourne CBD with a dine in or take away cafe at the New York end of Flinders Lane. The World Loves Melbourne visited 5 Dime & Bagels one morning after a meeting and were pleasantly greeted when we came through the door. Katherine place just off Flinders Lane is in a precinct on the rise known as The Archway. Of their bagels, 5 Dime & Bagels say they are "traditional (ish)"! Here is what they say on their site, "Each of our bagels is hand crafted, boiled and baked using the traditional method. They are made from the best local ingredients. We use tradition as a guide, but are not bound by it. Expect great bagels with some new twists..." So it's Manhattan to Melbourne with a twist.
Patrick a barista and bagel afficiado engaged us and served us a superb latte using Promised Land Coffee from Collingwood. Here at 5 & Dime & Bagel you will also find Airpots of batch brew filter coffee of the highest quality which are supplied daily by Jonathon of Promised Land to businesses including 5 & Dime Bagel. This is taking specialty coffee to another level.
Patrick created a stunning House smoked Pastrami bagel with pickles and mustard for our enjoyment. The bagel itself was chewy and fresh (several times denser than bread) and the layers of house smoked pastrami were rewarding. The pickles and mustard gave extra kick to this awesome bagel. If we worked in this precinct (which we were at one stage) we would be visiting regularly to experience this bagel joy at an affordable price.
5 & Dime Bagel displays its 10 styles of bagel, with our favourites being the Dill and the Special Salty Garlic.
Creamy spreads and Vegan options abound...
A simple but stunning lunch full of flavour and quality...
5 & Dime Bagel also serve up tasty sweet treats like this Scroll we imbibed.
The fit out by Brand Works and Beyond the Pixel is simple like an American Diner with a large window where you can see the staff at work baking and creating the bagels with their large machine from Canada...
5 & Dime Bagel is one of those standout businesses in Melbourne where the quality resonates. The bagels are not made in 5 minutes but sit for 24 hours as the starter then fermented for another 24 hours. The culture here is of a relaxed vibe and the staff are attentive and engaging. Get on it.