Arbory Bar & Eatery is a unique venue in Melbourne overlooking the iconic Yarra River and built out of the disused Sandridge Line at Flinders Street Station.
The menu boasts an array of modern Australian cuisine by Executive Chef Nick Bennett alongside craft beers, local and international wines and cocktails.
Bennett (whose experience spans stints at Trocadero and Cecconi’s) along with Chef Michael Fox (2012 Young Chef of the Year) have created a casual, approachable menu for this unique Melbourne venue. We enjoyed the freshness and simplicity of the food which allowed for the produce to speak for itself.
A traditional comfort-food classic, the arancini balls were beautiful. Each morsel was sufficiently seasoned and flavoursome. The tempura zucchini flowers were similarly delicious. The batter encasing the zucchini flowers was ethereally light and crisp while the stuffing was rich and flavoursome.
Curried cauliflower salad, labne, golden raisins & capers
The Curried cauliflower salad was an enlivening salad of different textured cauliflower, luxurious labne, golden raisins and capers. It was a medley of exciting flavours and textures which would appeal to even the most carnivorous individuals.
Soft Shell Crab Burger
A current menu special, the Soft shell crab burger was delicious. The soft shell crab burger's lightly toasted buttery brioche buns were the perfect canvas for the beautifully crispy and juicy soft shell crab. The deep fried crustacean pieces were coated in a semi-thick crisp batter that encapsulated firm, sweet flesh.
Having been cooked to perfection, the kingfish had an enjoyably firm yet soft texture and was bursting with flavour. The warm artichoke salad and fresh shrimp and almond salsa were a brilliant accompaniment to the fish.
The playful dessert of crumbly chocolate chip cookies and luscious peanut butter ice cream sandwich was decadent and delicious.
Popcorn and salted caramel sundae
The Popcorn and salted caramel sundae was stunning. Each layer had a wonderful flavour intensity that worked beautifully together. We savoured every spoonful.
Espresso martinis on tap
One of Arbory’s most exciting additions, the Espresso Martini on tap ensures you’ll wait no longer than a minute for this cocktail to be served. A good three weeks of trial and error later, this espresso martini is made in-house, exactly the same way as the staff makes a regular serve – the cocktail is poured into a keg and pumped with nitrogen as part of an arduous process to ensure that creamy and foamy top is achieved every time. The perfect wat to end (or start off) an evening at Arbory.
Arbory Bar & Eatery combines a wonderful ambience within an iconic location, delicious food and an interesting drinks list to great effect.