Restaurants in Review
■ CUTLER & CO. Modern Australian. Experience the contemporary cuisine of Andrew Mcconnell in his flagship fine dining restaurant, Cutler & Co., located in the heart of Fitzroy. Sink into the leather booths and comfortable surrounds of the newly refurbished dining room whilst enjoying a chef’s menu that toasts to the very best produce of the season. Adjoining the restaurant, the Cutler & Co. Bar celebrates the most impressive seafood alongside sophisticated snacks and signature aperitifs. Reservations essential.
55–57 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Dinner Tues–sun from 6pm, lunch Sunday from 12pm. 9419 4888. cutlerandco.com.au ■ 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 adventurous interplay of traditional and contemporary Italian influences. Their new Spring 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
■ CUMULUS UP. Wine Bar. Located one floor above the iconic all day eatery, Cumulus Inc., Cumulus Up is an inner city wine bar by Andrew Mcconnell. Showcasing the very best produce, the flexible menu features hero cuts of dry aged beef and freshly caught seafood alongside duck waffles, charcuterie and smaller snacks to share. Open seven nights a week until late, drop by for drinks and snacks, a full dining experience and everything in between.
45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Sun–thur 5pm–late, Fri–sat 4pm–late. 9650 1445. cumulusup.com.au
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
n 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
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
n 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. Lunch Mon–sun 12pm–3pm, dinner Sun– Wed 5pm–10pm, Thurs–sat 5pm–11pm. 1300 670 910. sakerestaurant.com.au
n 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
n 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 has 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
n 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