Restaurants in Review
FINE DINING 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 n 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
n SARTI. One Hat— Italian. Sarti’s unique menu is an adventurous interplay of traditional and contemporary Italian influences. Their new Winter Menu delivers highly inventive flavours whilst reflecting their passion for sourcing only the freshest seasonal produce. Sarti offers a comprehensive list of some of the best wines from Australia and Italy, and the bar and outdoor courtyard are open all day.
6 Russell Place, Melbourne. Lunch Mon–fri 12pm–3pm, dinner Mon–sat 6pm– late. 9639 7822. sartirestaurant.com.au
CITY FANCY HANK’S. American-style BBQ.
At Fancy Hank’s they serve American-style, slow cooked BBQ, using the finest quality free range meats, cooked using their custom-built, two-tonne smoker. Brisket, ribs and pulled-pork sit alongside the traditional sides as well as a number of unique dishes. They use traditional Southern cooking techniques and combine these with local produce to put their uniquely Australian spin on this regional American cuisine.
Level 1, 79 Bourke Street, Melbourne. Daily 12pm–11pm. 1300 BRISKET (274 753). fancyhanks.com
n 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
Left: Il Bacaro.