Design and food unite at new Depo in West End
Having executed the designs of Limes Hotel, Alfred & Constance and the newly opened Alfredo’s Pizzeria, local design maven Alexander Lotersztain has now opened his own restaurant, Depo, in West End, pairing up with Dutch chef and co-owner Erik van Genderen. West End natives may recognise Erik from his other local venture, Gear bike store, which he opened in 2009. A chance meeting with Alex saw the pair inspired to collaborate, transforming the space next to Alex’s Horan Street design studio, Derlot, into a homely foodie dwelling.
Covering all bases, Depo is open for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the added allure of the in-between mealtime drawcard of wine and oysters or cheese and charcuterie boards. The passionate team has shaped a dinner menu that will change each day depending on the local produce available, with a seasonal breakfast menu and daily lunch specials also on offer.
Sourcing fresh produce from local farmers via Food Connect, Depo serves up European-style fare of rustic yet sophisticated dishes. At breakfast, the crepes with salted butter, caramel and poached pear caught our eye, while on Thursday evenings Depo embraces the aperitivo tradition of northern Italy. The coffee is a seasonal single origin (currently a Guatemalan bean) from Cup Specialty Coffee, paired with Barambah Organics milk. The beer and wine selections will rotate with the season as well, while freshly squeezed juices pair nicely to a fresh pastry or sweet treat of a morning.
Alex’s signature design ethos features strong elements of collaboration, with the space a haven for partnerships to grow. Depo’s design is home to many items from Alex’s personal collection from Derlot or other collaborative ventures like chairs and tables from One/Third, with the loft-like space revealing vintage scooters, glittery wall coverings, taxidermy and foliage. Alex partnered with JamFactory in Adelaide to make Depo’s ceramic tableware using South Australian clay and sand, while the wooden platters were made in collaboration with a Polish woodcarver near Alex’s mum’s village – with the platters both used at the restraurant and for sale via the small shop cabinet. Every element of the design and food service has been considered and has a story of its own. Incorporating a handy technology element into the restaurant, a preview of each night’s menu will soon be available via the Depo website and app.
16 Horan Street, West End
Ph: 07 3846 6537
Open: Tuesday to Wednesday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Thursday to Sunday 7:00 am to midnight
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