RESTAURANTS in review
THE FRENCH BRASSERIE. French.
The cuisine is a blend of Modern French and traditional dishes by their head chef Lionel Abello. Favourites include the perfect garlic escargot, bouillabaisse, cassoulet and dessert favourite, crème brûlée. The wine list consists of well-chosen Australian and French wines to enhance your dining pleasure; prices are reasonable in true brasserie style.
2 Malthouse Lane (Cnr Flinders Lane and Exhibition Street), Melbourne. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 6pm–10.30pm. 9662 1632. thefrenchbrasserie.com.au IL BACARO. One Hat— Italian. This modern Italian restaurant is the epitome of Venetian style and features an intimate dining room and bar. Their delicious menu uses the rich flavours of northern Italy to create classic modern dishes. Enjoy their highly regarded wine list offering a world of wine from vineyards and wine regions across Austria, France and, of course, Italy.
168 Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Mon–sat lunch 12pm–3pm, dinner 6pm–late. 9654 6778. ilbacaro.com.au
THE POINT. One Hat— Modern Australian.
Offering spectacular views across Albert Park Lake, you can enjoy award-winning contemporary Australian cuisine in a sleek and stylish restaurant space. The Point prides itself on showcasing Australia’s finest beef, delivering to their guests a modern approach to classic dishes. Relax and look out the floor-to-ceiling windows at the lake below whilst sampling their impressive wine list.
Aquatic Drive, Albert Park Lake. Daily: lunch 12pm–3pm and dinner until late. 9682 5566. thepointalbertpark.com.au
SARTI. One Hat— Italian. Sarti’s unique menu is an exciting fusion of traditional and contemporary Italian styles with a touch of imagination and ingenuity. It reflects their passion to work with the freshest produce available. Sarti offers a comprehensive list of some of the best wines from Australia and Italy, with a sprinkling of gems from throughout the wine world. So come in and enjoy a delicious meal, with the perfect wine to match!
6 Russell Place, Melbourne. Lunch Mon– Fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 6pm–late. 9639 7822. sartirestaurant.com.au FRATELLI FRESH. Italian. Fratelli Fresh specialises in fresh produce and serving up authentic Italian fine food. The menu heroes the very best of Italian cooking, where simplicity meets robust flavours and fresh produce. The portions are generous and the menu is extensive with beautifully blended wines to complement a mixture of savoury dishes, pastas and pizzas. Buon Appetito!
7 Alfred Place, Melbourne. Daily 7am–late. 1300 253 733. fratellifresh.com.au
IL POM ITALIAN. Italian. Located in Melbourne’s popular Federation Square, Il Pom Italian offers diners the perfect spot to grab lunch or dinner. The menu includes delectable pizzas, pastas and a wide selection of Italian favourites. Warm up in the large heated outdoor section with a glass of wine or a classic Italian cocktail.
Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Daily 11am–late. 9662 2282. ilpomitalian.com.au
PRETTY MAMA. Caribbean. Located at the ‘Detroit’ end of Melbourne’s CBD and tucked away in the new Upper West Side development, Pretty Mama is a tropical oasis bringing the fresh bright flavours of the Caribbean to the people of Melbourne. Grab a seat at the bar and relax to the sounds of calypso, reggae and ska whilst sipping on one of the many fresh fruit cocktails and let the breeze whisk you away to a place you’d rather be.
220 Spencer Street, Melbourne. Tue–sat 12pm–late. 9034 4355. prettymama.com.au
RADII RESTAURANT & BAR. Modern
Australian. Located in Melbourne’s Park Hyatt Hotel, this sleek, architecturally designed restaurant is a dining experience like no other. With locally sourced ingredients, Radii also offer an indulgent à la carte and degustation menu. Radii bar is the perfect location to unwind with a cocktail and tasty tapas menu.
Park Hyatt Hotel, 1 Parliament Square, Melbourne. 9224 1211. Daily breakfast and afternoon tea, Mon–sat dinner and bar. melbourne.park.hyattrestaurants.com
SEZAR. Armenian. Sezar brings a taste of Armenia to Melbourne diners. Reworking an age-old cuisine with local produce and modern technique, you will be in for a memorable dining experience at Sezar. Visitors will enjoy contemporary Armenian cuisine through a range of spices, vegetables and meats combined with unique aromas. Their enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff will guide you through their delicious menu.
6 Melbourne Place, Melbourne. Lunch Thu–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 5.30pm–late. 9663 9882. sezar.com.au
SAKÉ RESTAURANT & BAR, FLINDERS
LANE. Japanese. Sprawled over two storeys in Melbourne’s famed gastronomic destination, Flinders Lane, this Saké venue is a super-luxe, high-energy addition to Melbourne’s CBD. Saké’s executive chef makes the tofu, togarashi and furikake spice mix in house, plus the miso paste. The soy sauce and salts are house-smoked and the drinks list includes house-made shochu infusions, including jalapeño and lemon, shiso and cucumber and lemongrass and ginger. Saké Flinders Lane is the perfect spot for lunch or an atmospheric dinner.
121 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Mon–sat 11.30am–late, Sun 5pm–late. 1300 670 910. sakerestaurant.com.au
TIME OUT. International. Serving up all-day dining, Time Out Fed Square is a popular spot for breakfast (served till 3pm), lunch or dinner. With an international menu offering everything from pancakes for breakfast to tasty pizzas and even a panang curry, there is something for every food lover.
Federation Square, 2 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Daily 8am–late. 9671 3855. timeoutfedsquare.com.au HIDDEN JADE. Chinese. New contemporary Chinese restaurant Hidden Jade is making a splash on Melbourne’s dining scene. Using traditional Chinese cooking methods and classic ingredients combined with a modern dining space, Hidden Jade will have a strong focus on delivering a fantastic customer experience. Set on picturesque Albert Lake, Hidden Jade is modern dining at its best.
Ground level, 9 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park Lake. 9682 5566. hiddenjade.com.au
DRACULA’S. Theatre Dining. Dracula’s Cabaret has been entertaining visitors and locals alike since 1980. Their current show “Resurrection” blends music production acts, optical illusion, animatronic sculpture and rock-circus, with a song list that moves across the AM dial from Arctic Monkeys to Blondie. It’s flashy, kitsch hysteria, with no act too audacious and no heel too high. Enjoy a three-course meal and then once the show is finished, guests can continue the evening in the cocktail bar as they meet the stars of the show.
100 Victoria Street, Carlton. Tue–sat from 7pm. 1800 DRACULAS or 9340 2600. draculas.com.au n LUCKY CHAN. Chinese. Lucky Chan offers guests authentic Cantonese cuisine, specialising in sustainably farmed live seafood, as well as offering the choice of à la carte. Signature dishes include the sauteed scallops and king prawns with imperial sauce, but you may also be tempted to choose a lobster or large crab from their live seafood tanks. Their wonderful food is beautifully complemented by an extensive list of quality Australian and Oriental wines.
The Riverside at Crown, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank. Lunch Mon–fri 11am–3pm, Sat–sun 11am–4pm, dinner Sun–thu 6pm–11pm, Fri–sat 6pm–12am. 9696 3966. luckychan.com.au
SAKÉ RESTAURANT & BAR MELBOURNE
HAMER HALL. Japanese. Saké serves a renowned mix of modern and classic dishes with a distinct local flavour. Flowing with the seasons the menu utilises the finest-quality produce available. Located in the revitalised Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne and overlooking the breathtaking Yarra River and CBD, this venue is set over two levels including an outdoor dining area on the riverfront.
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Lunch Mon–thur 12pm–3pm, Fri–sat 12pm– late, dinner 5.30pm–late. 8687 0775. sakerestaurant.com.au MUNICH BRAUHAUS. Bavarian. Munich Brauhaus is a traditional Bavarian bierhaus, where guests can dine, drink and party like Oktoberfest never ended. The state-of-theart waterfront venue seats over 900 people and is a bier lovers delight. Try the venue’s very own signature Munich Lager, as well as a series of exclusively imported Bavarian Biers, while the menu includes suckling pig, sourced locally from Riverlea and cooked over a charcoal spit.
45 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf. Sun–thur 11.30am–late, Fri–sat 11.30am–1am. 1300 686 424. munichbrauhaus.com