Here’s what should happen. Somebody should take Michael Lambie, owner of The Smith in Prahran, and stuff him into Morris Jones, the other brand new, nearby pub on Chapel Street in Prahan. I love the Byron George fitout of the former 1887 department store that is MJ and the passion and energy that owner Hayden Burbank, a restaurant novice, has put into executing the design from distressing the walls to his brilliant, affordable living wall of greenery. What I’m not so sure about is the design of Lambie’s The Smith, 5 minutes away on High St. I am as sure as Lambie about the food at The Smith bringing together dishes that appear to be from Mamasita, The Newmarket and Chin Chin into one venue. That’s the new fusion of vibrant, fresh mouth tingling Aussie-Asian-Cal-Mex flavours that dance on the tongue. It’s right on trend with a wine list that nearly matches (give me something delicious, boutique and great value on tap). MJ’s menu is French-based and designed by ubiquitous super chef Paul Wilson created by head chef is Tony Milton. In contrast to The Smith, it doesn’t hit the trend of what people most want to and are eating in this city’s busiest restaurants right now. But it’s a comforting menu and I’d be happy to cocoon myself with the Snapper Pie cooked in a French cocotte with braised leek, mushrooms and spinach veloute. It’s really a menu that will keep steak eaters happy. With chips. And a bottle of red. Back from MJ’s Breathless/Jean-Paul Belmondo inspired theme, I’m at The Smith into the soft shelled crab tortilla, the green papaya salad, the tuna Tataki and the ever present (in Melbourne at least) king fish sashimi with good company and wine. Michael Lambie, who’s food I first ate at Circa then Taxi and Lamaros, has designed the menus of perhaps even more venues than Paul Wilson and given up all his other commitments for this one venue. Both these places are great additions to Prahran but I’d just like to I’d just like to stuff Lambie into Morris Jones.
Posts Categorized: Chapel St
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- Upcoming eventsHey ho Fringers, Quick email to remind you of our fab events coming up and release some menus and share some praise. Let’s start with that praise shall we? Rob from Eat.Melbourne came along to our truffle dinner at St Crispin last week. It was his first Fringe Food event and he’s been kind enough […]
- The Wine of Kings (and the King of Wines!) and menuThe Barolo region in Northern Italy is home to the Wine of Kings. Where the nebbiolo grape is revered and grown with respect to make some of the best wines in the world. We’ll be treating the variety with reverence and respect too, in the private dining room above Guy Grosisi’s Ombra. But we won’t […]
- Grass Fed vs Grain Fed revisitedCows eat grass, right? Well yes, but beef raised for meat can be fed grass, grain or a mixture of both. Dusty feedlots, grassy knolls, seaside vistas, Gippsland grazing – just what do you get for your money and can y0u taste the difference? What: Dinner featuring beef and education. When: 7pm Thursday 29th August Where: The […]
- Barolo vs Burgundy (which will reign supreme!)They say expensive habits beget expensive habits. Sorry but we’re not going to be helping anyone here with this mega-super-special event. What: Extraordinary Wine Selection, with matching food. When: Thursday 22 August 2013. Where: Ombra Salumi Bar (Guy Grossi’s Salami Bar)- 76 Bourke Street, Melbourne. How much: $225.30 including booking fee. How to book: […]