RESTAU­RANTS in re­view

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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

Il Pom Ital­ian, Fed­er­a­tion Square.

Hid­den Jade.

Right: Saké Restau­rant & Bar Mel­bourne Hamer Hall.

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