rooftop ter­race bar and karaoke to boot, this new party palace is well on song.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - On Sunday - 188 Bourke St, Mel­bourne, heroes­


THERE’S SO much to like about He­roes, the new three-level party palace in the CBD from the Fancy Hank’s crew.

Mak­ing your en­trance via el­e­va­tor – es­pe­cially when it’s hid­den at the back of a gelato shop – is one.

The mas­sive rooftop ter­race is an­other. See­ing the city in an­other light from a new site is one of the unique plea­sures of drink­ing in the CBD, and this is a great ad­di­tion to the genre. Even in win­ter. There’s a good­look­ing range of beers up here by the pint and bot­tle, and cool cock­tails are shaken with easy class.

And down­stairs the din­ing room is such a riot of pinks and reds and filled with so many kitsch flea-mar­ket finds it’s like an episode of An­tiques Roadshow hosted by Rupaul and set in Pat­pong.

Chef Alicia Cheong – fresh from a stint cook­ing at Sin­ga­pore’s Res­tau­rant André – has fired up the bar­bie to turn out South-east Asian street food, with skew­ers fea­tur­ing heav­ily. Ten­der chewy chicken bits come un­der a sweet-lean­ing sa­tay, and lamb comes with a hit of tin­gling Sichuan heat, while the ad­ven­tur­ous will be re­warded with sur­pris­ingly de­li­cious duck hearts brushed with teriyaki and wrapped in gar­lic chives.

Smoked brisket from Hank’s turns up in a cracking dish of salty, smoky Sichuan numb­ness that’s the best friend to a beer, while the bril­liant sweet-spicy achar pickle of car­rot and pineap­ple coun­ters the rich­ness of thinly sliced smoked tongue driz­zled with chilli oil. A large thick fil­let of snap­per, mean­while, seems out of place among the rest of the finger food of­fer­ing, but fat, juicy and smoky jointed chicken wings are mar­vel­lously messy and mor­eish.

Oh, and did some­one say karaoke? Yep, there’s so much to like. We can be He­roes, but for more than one night.

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