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Rockpool Bar & Grill
Modern Australian
  • Riverside at Crown,
    8 Whiteman St,
    Southbank,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 8648 1900,
    rockpool.com
  • Lunch Sun-Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Rockpool Bar & Grill
-37.823959,144.958706

Neil Perry's steakhouse is an exercise in restrained elegance. It's there in the handsome colour palette of Burgundy and black, the polished service and estimable wine list, and the cabinets of ageing meat at the entrance, which add the moody drama of a Dutch master's oil painting. This measured approach is evident on the plate, with the finest dishes featuring the fewest ingredients. To start, there's crab linguine slick with spicy prawn oil and a hint of kaffir lime, or wood-fired octopus with hand-pounded pesto and the salty thwack of olives. Perfectly charred steaks are simply adorned with a wedge of lemon and mustard. There's nowhere to hide with this style of cooking, but the top-notch produce and the kitchen's skill require no culinary crutches. Refined desserts include vanilla slice with burnished pastry and tonka bean cream. Fine dining like this comes at a price, but, for the most part, it's worth it.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $22-$49

    M $32-$100

    D $18-$23

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Zac Nicholson & Neil Perry

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