Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Delicious 100 -

BASE­MENT, 137 FLIN­DERS LN, MEL­BOURNE; 9639 7073 OTER.COM.AU Tom Hunter and Mykal and Kate Bartholome­w (Coda and Tonka) have cre­ated a sexy sub­ter­ranean world, which, 18 months in, has set­tled into a com­fort­able groove.

The kitchen, helmed by Jor­dan Clay, has a flavour­first phi­los­o­phy and a new fo­cus on veg­eta­bles, such as charred broc­coli stalks with macadamia cream. But car­niv­o­rous plea­sures still abound. An ex­cep­tional lamb tartare comes with a one-two punch of net­tle and horse­rad­ish, while sweet swim­mer crab with toasted hazel­nuts is a bright de­light. ■ Must-eat dish Swim­mer crab with hazel­nuts ■ Cui­sine French ■ Chef Jor­dan Clay ■ Price $$ ■ Book­ings Yes ■ Open Lunch Mon-fri; din­ner Mon-sat ■ In­sta­gram @oter­mel­bourne

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