Friday, February 27, 2015

Father's Office, 249 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant

Father's Office is situated just behind QV in Little Lonsdale Street. On entry the 18th Amendment is displayed, upstairs takes you back to the 1920's prohibition era - speakeasy bar and restaurant.

We went to lunch on a Friday and it was busy, there is no more table service so you have to place your order at the bar, along with your drinks.  Therefore, this tends to hold up the service and the lines to order were backing up.

But the food is great, and if you get there early enough and it is a beautiful day, get a table outside on the balcony.  The food is 'American' style, very tasty - they even have gluten free options.

On a previous visit I had buffalo wings, extremely spicy and very yummy.  He had crumb lamb cutlet salad, perfectly crumbed and very tasty.

This time round I had gluten free fish and chips.  The fish was not oily, well battered (probably a little to thick for me) and the fries were crispy.  He had the beef, apply and beef burger, really moist, the beetroot was sweet and the apply relish was delish.  They also make a really mean long island ice tea.

By the way, most nights of the week they have special offers - eg. Wednesday after 5pm all you can eat wings for $20.

Captain Melville, 34 Franklin Street, Melbourne

Refined Pub Food

Housed behind one of Melbourne's oldest pubs built in 1853, Captain Melville's industrial chic decor along with a great menu, is worth a visit.

The menu, although not extensive, is 'refined' pub food at its best and is sourced from ethical and sustainable Victorian farms.

This is the place for us when we want steak which was accompanied with caramelized shallot butter for me and pepper sauce for him. Always cooked to our liking, chips always crispy and the salads aren't just leaves thrown on a plate - dressed well with radishes and finely cut red onion - a little pizzaz on a plate.  We selected caramelized shallot butter and pepper sauce - yummy.

The service has always been great, although we understand through other reviews/blogs people have had a bad experience.  I will always be back for the food.

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