This long­stand­ing Rich­mond res­i­dent is sport­ing a freshly re­fur­bished rooftop with a new menu of pub grub and shar­ing plates to match

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - THE CORNER: RE­VIEWED BY ME­GAN MILLER

The Corner Hotel’s re­freshed rooftop.

EATS and beats go to­gether like Hall and Oates, so it’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion that one of the city’s land­mark live mu­sic venues now has a buzzing new rooftop.

After four months of ren­o­va­tions, The Corner Hotel’s top level re-opened late last year with an ex­pan­sive rooftop and a sprawl­ing menu to match, served across sev­eral in­door and out­door ar­eas and pri­vate din­ing rooms.

The style is sim­ple and bright with blond woods, pol­ished con­crete and hang­ing plants adding green­ery.

Some of mu­sic’s big­gest acts have graced the stage here since the 1940s. In more re­cent years the Corner has hosted the likes of Sia, The Pre­sets, Lorde, The Living End and Crowded House.

Now, chef Shan­non Rice leads the kitchen with some culi­nary hits as well, fo­cus­ing on pub grub (burg­ers, par­mas, fish and chips) along­side tasty snacks, dishes to share plus more re­fined plates.

Or­der and pay at the bar, take a num­ber and the food will find you.

Thick-shelled cro­quettes filled with cod and ca­pers sit well when washed down with any of the 29 beers on tap. Ditto cala­mari doused in semolina to swipe through a punchy salsa.

Pan-fried bar­ra­mundi is per­fectly cooked and perched atop a silky car­rot veloute and fen­nel slices, with a scat­ter­ing of broad beans for a rock­ing, sur­pris­ingly cheffy dish.

Or you can dig in with the smoked pork hock, which you shred at the ta­ble to make mini slid­ers with slaw, pick­les and may­on­naise. It’s fun but lack­ing in flavour and it’s ex­pen­sive for $45.

Other down­sides? Food tem­per­a­ture was an is­sue, with al­most all of our dishes land­ing on the ta­ble luke­warm, and an over-re­liance on un­ex­cit­ing, store-bought may­on­aisse.

That said, this roof rules, pro­vid­ing a top spot for a pre-gig or post-game bite. Fuel up and rock out.

3/5 $$ 57 Swan St, Rich­mond cor­ner­ho­ From top: house­made with car­rot veloute.

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