Bar review: Dexter, Preston

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BAR/D UP Video Feature // Dexter // PrestonIn collaboration with Hawkers Beer

Unless you’re a vegetarian, you probably froth for meat. And if you froth for meat, then you have to go to Dexter. This Preston eatery has been making locals gaga since 2015 and has gained a reputation across the city for its non-traditional take on the classic American BBQ with inventive twists and very satisfying results.

We know that southern-style slow-cooked meats are popular, but these guys have taken it to the next level. And then there’s the buns…. beautiful, heavenly soft brioche designed to be a vehicle for the meat. Think pulled pork, beef brisket, fried chicken or maybe even a pig’s head croquette. Vegetarians and vegans aren’t forgotten, either, with the choice of corn fritters, the Kentucky Fried Cauliflower or the BBQ eggplant, all absolutely delicious. Make sure you add sides like the bone marrow mash (not if you’re plant-based), fennel & apple salad, and probably some burnt Sriracha corn.

So why did we come here?? Because where there’s meat, there must be alcohol. Hawkers Beer on tap goes down a treat, but one won’t be enough and, if you love wine, then co-owner Sam Peasnell, who is a bit of a wine freak, has selected some choice offerings that match the food perfectly. Cocktails are pretty much made to order and it’s kept quite simple here, with a nice range of spirits on offer but just enough to get the job done. When you arrive you should definitely order a round of picklebacks made with equal quantities of bourbon and pickle juice to prime your tastebuds. Throw in a starter of fluffy hot meat doughnuts, guaranteed to make you smile and leave you wanting more.

The question that we often ask is why do so many places these days have to complicate things? Humans are simple beasts. We get hungry, so we eat and we get thirsty, so we drink. It’s all about feeding the most basic cravings. Best to take Dexter’s carnal approach: First take a nice big gulp of that icy cold beer, then put juicy meat in between those warm buns and feel the wave of pleasure wash over you as you wipe the drool from the side of your mouth. Saucy, sensual, satisfying….just how it should be.

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Dean Schmideg

A professional photographer and copywriter with an interest in fashion and design, Dean is best known as one of Melbourne’s foodies and coffee obsessed, as well as the co-founder of BAR/D UP, an online video directory of our city’s best bars. He shares the things he eats and drinks, plus his own creations across social media. Dean’s posts celebrate the produce, the people he meets and places he goes to, telling a story with the aim of enticing the reader and bringing people together.

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