Left Bank Melbourne

On the touristy side of the Yarra, among the strip of eateries sits Left Bank Melbourne.
Spacious, glitzy and overpriced, the restaurant caters for functions and serves breakfast through to lunch to dinner, all dished up with panoramic views of the city skyline.

The menu has something for everyone but comes with a price. Serving pizzas, burgers, pots of mussels, steaks and snacks.

Eat

Lunch 

  • Buttermilk chicken burger, crunchy buttermilk chicken fillet with peanut butter Asian slaw, jalapeno mayo on a brioche bun for $17.5
  • Crispy pork belly, master stock, cardamom poached apples, black pudding and goats curd croquettes for $22
  • Roasted chicken leg and young leek pie, smoked cheddar, puff pastry, cracked black pepper mash for $19.5

Dinner

  • L’Orto pizza, slow roasted pumpkin, zucchini, broccolini, kale, fresh ricotta, basil pesto and toasted pine nuts for $21
  • Roasted chicken breast and confit chicken leg, spiced carrot soubise, crĂšme cherve coquette, cavolo Nero and jus gras for $33
  • Crispy skin Barramundi, spinach leek black riso, lobster saron tarragon veloutĂ© for $39
  • Dry ages black Angus sirloin 300gm, truffle potato purĂ©e, vincotto green beans, roasted bone marrow, seeded mustard jus for $38

Drink

  • Knappsten larger $10/per glass
  • Santi Sortesele Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie Italy, 2014 $11/per glass
  • St Hallet Garden of Eden Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2015 $11/per glass
  • Double beefeater cocktail, gin, St Germaine, elderflower liqueur simple syrup, lemon juice, coriander leaves, seeded chillies, grapefruit and bitters for $24
  • Expresso martini for $21

Who is there?

Known in certain circles as Left Wank, the eatery attracts an array of people.

Should you bother?

The venue hosted my 21st and my mum’s 50th, and the team did that brilliantly. However for diners looking for good food, Left Bank Melbourne is overrated and overpriced. Would I return? For a function yes, to eat no.

Details

  • 1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
  • 9682 4500
  • www.leftbank.com.au
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Prices: Lunch from $17.50; Dinner from $20
  • Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 7.30am-late; Weekends, 8.30am-late

Punch Lane

Nope, you cannot smoke cigars inside Punch Lane.
Established in 95, it almost feels appropriate to light up a cigar and sip whiskey.

Jarrah furnishings, burnished timber and racks of wine, the red leather tub chairs come from the long-gone Southern Cross Hotel.

Frequented by pre and post show goers, the menu is concise.
Good Food and Wine awarded for their 200 menu wine list.

Food

Entree

  • Venison tartare, cauliflower cream, anchovy, smoked almond and chocolate crumb for $24
  • Whipped Brie d’affinoise, parsley crisp, confit garlic purĂ©e, balsamic jelly, cherry tomato for $18.5

Main

  • Western plains roast pork loin, crispy boudin noir, apricot and ginger for $39
  • Barramundi, roasted and smoked baby peppers, squid ink aioli, clams and rice crisp for $41.5

Drink

  • 2016 White Stripes, Pinot Grigio, King Valley for $12/per glass
  • 2012 Rubesto, Montepulciano D’ Abruzzo, Abruzzo for $14/per glass

Who is there?

Diners usually consist of pre and post show goers, or late night wine and cheese diners.

Should you bother?

For Mother’s Day I booked tickets for Mum and I to see Dave Hughes, booking an early dinner at Punch Lane. The menu was limited but the service was professional and efficient. Would I return? Once is enough.

Details

  • 43 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD
  • 9639 4944
  • www.punchlane.com.au
  • Cuisine: European
  • Prices: Entrees from $18.5; Mains from $33
  • Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, noon-midnight; Weekends, 3pm-midnight. Bar stays open until 1.30am on Friday’s and Saturday’s

Claypots St Kilda

Beneath the vines where tiny boats hang amongst pink flowers, ravenous seafood lovers feast.

The outdoor courtyard has a Thailand cafe vibe, with its sand-coloured brick walls and pebble flooring, its in the front dining room that fish mongers converge.
The counter is layered with fish, ranging from garfish, flathead to trevally to red emperor and even golden snapper, there’s enough to feed an army.
There’s also a bar and the space for live music.

Fresh and delicious, seafood is dished up in abundance. Mussels, oysters, flathead, garlic prawns, sticky rice, grilled snapper, chilli crabs, lemon drenched wilted greens and of course, the restaurant’s steaming namesake; claypots are all readily available.

Eat

Fish

  • Crispy skin John Dory for $30
  • Flounder with gremolata crust for $30
  • Seafood marinara for $25

Claypots

  • Moroccan, couscous, tomato, eggplant, Harissa, zataar, chickpeas, mussels, fish fillet for $20

Drink

  • Konrad Sauvignon blanc for $12/per glass
  • Vinkara Kalecik karasi for $14/per glass

Who is there?

Not taking reservations, Melbourne’s seafood lovers put their name on the door list.

Should you bother?

Choosing Claypots for my 21st birthday luncheon I was not disappointed. Dining alfresco and joined by best friends, the warm weather and good company made for an exceptional experience. The service was the only downside—we dubbed out waiter the ‘grouchy grandma’. All in all, I wish i visited Claypots sooner. Yes, I will be back.

Details

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