It’s no secret that Melbournians love their food, so if you’re a new kid on the restaurant block, be prepared to be critiqued. Located on the banks of the Yarra on the now decommissioned Finders Street terminus for the Sandridge railway line, the Arbory Bar has more than prime real estate going for it. Nick Bennett of Trocadero (now Fatto) fame has moved across the river to create a menu which will have food lovers clamouring to get a seat.
They are staking their claim on Melbourne’s much hyped breakfast market with a delicious offering which includes fruit toast, coconut muesli, corn fritters and banana pancakes.
For during the day, the menu moves to smoked fish and chips, cheese burgers and mushroom and haloumi burgers. As the sun sets, the menu evolves, adding a fine dining option for those looking for dinner with a view. Burgers and chips are still on offer, perfect for unwinding after a tough day in the office or to relax while enjoying the beautiful view, but if you want something a bit more upmarket, Bennett has created a menu which will get your palette excited.
He has taken menu staples and given them his own modern twist. Think toasted cheese sandwiches with Bernaise instead of egg yolk, buffalo mozzarella with fried artichoke and toasted nori mixed herbs and tea soaked raisin. There is also an extensive alcohol menu giving you plenty of fantastic options to compliment your dinner.
Nothing induces food envy like a beautifully instagrammable dessert and Bennett certainly delivers on that front. For dessert a salted caramel and popcorn sundae or a chocolate and Guinness cake will satisfy any sweet tooth.
Visit the Arbory Bar at Flinders Walk, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, (03) 9621 2260