Restau­rants in Review

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FINE DIN­ING

■ 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

CITY

■ 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

AL­BERT PARK

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

CARL­TON

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

Cu­mu­lus Up.

Sarti.

Hid­den Jade.

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