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