The Barre, Arts Centre Melbourne’s latest food and beverage offering, is taking over the space formerly occupied by Curve Bar, offering a new level of comfort, a touch of showmanship and a vibe that takes the bar and restaurant from late afternoon to late at night.
Chef Darryl Hand’s food reflects his attitude towards Australia’s modern cuisine: seasonal, modern but classically influenced, and ideal for sharing with friends. The kitchen headed by Darryl is joined by Sous Chefs Anthony Iscaro and Mathew Knoops in the kitchen and Paul O’Brien and Carlos Botero Orejuela managing the team out the front.
We loved the paddock to plate approach with the menu featuring plenty of local and regional foods such as olives from Yellingbo and heirloom beets from a gourmet supplier in Silvan. There are also plans for a small kitchen garden where fresh herbs can be picked on site.
A stand-out dish from the menu is the Grilled Angus pure flank. Served with ricotta, capers and lemon, the dish is full of flavour and features perfectly cooked flank steak.
For dessert, do not go past the 'Elements of Opera' which is a deconstructed Opera Cake comprising decadent ganache, fluffy almond sponge, cardamom anglaise, espresso ice cream and caramel gel.
The wine list is well-considered with an emphasis on Victorian wines and interesting local craft beers and ciders plus a selection of small-batch Australian gins and single malt whiskies from Australia and New Zealand.
Designed by Clare Cousins from well-known Melbourne-based firm Clare Cousins Architects, The Barre takes much of its inspiration from its performing arts surrounds.
Location: 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Phone: 03 9281 8371