Top chef opts for a cafe crossover

Owner Spartaco Rotella and head chef Brett Benjamin at Chapter 88. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d412335
Owner Spartaco Rotella and head chef Brett Benjamin at Chapter 88. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d412335

The former Mosmans Restaurant and Red Cray head chef has been in the industry 17 years and recently joined forces with food doyen Spartaco Rotella of Ciao Italia.

Benjamin said the Nedlands restaurant had been well received by locals, who were enjoying good food, great coffee and excellent customer service, since it opened three weeks ago.

‘The atmosphere in the western suburbs is simply buzzing with the constant traffic from people in the area, offices nearby and the university students,’ he said.

‘The one thing that was missing was a place where people could just come to relax, have a freshly cooked meal, great coffee and receive good service.’

Describing the cafe as Australian with a modern edge, Benjamin said they wanted customers to enjoy eating foods they loved but with modern flavours and twists.

‘For breakfast we do a great hand-made hash brown, gnocchi cake and eggs poached to perfection,’ he said.

‘Our signature breakfast dish, ‘The Sweet Chapter’ encompasses French brioche with our home made berry compote, maple syrup and nougat chips.

‘And for lunch we have our version of the good old bangers and mash, which consists of grilled bratwurst, home made onion jus and truffle mash.’

Other popular dishes include their steak sandwich and smoked salmon salad.

Benjamin said having both worked in the hospitality industry for many years, Chapter 88 was a nice change in cuisine and from the long hours.

‘I’ve known Rotella for the last 12 year so I’ve always wanted to work along side him,’ he said,