Housed in former council offices, this space has undergone major renovations, including polished floorboards, a gorgeous oak bar, romantic lighting and comfy lounges. There is no pool table, TV, TAB or jukebox – it is all class from go to whoa, with good use of candles, mood music and masses of flowers. Sip on a signature lychee slipper cocktail (lychees, vodka and apple juice) as you consider perhaps a dozen oysters, each prepared in a different way, or local crayfish (in season) available in a variety of styles: thermidore, mornay, garlic butter, whisky butter or vanilla-bean butter. Popular desserts are the house-made ice-creams and sorbets.

Contact information

20 Bank St; (03) 5568 3058; open Sat–Sun for breakfast and lunch, and Tues–Sat for dinner


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