The European
European
  • 161 Spring St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9654 0811,
    theeuropean.com.au
  • Mon-Thu 7am-11pm,  Fri-Sat 7.30am-midnight, Sun 7.30am-11pm

The European
-37.810904, 144.972686

There are few Melbourne experiences more Melburnian than shouldering through the narrow doors of The European on a cold afternoon. The long, wood-lined "carriage on the Orient Express" feel of the bustling room, stocked with smart staff, a hissing coffee machine and Portuguese tarts on the curved bar has instant appeal. Same goes for the muscular one-page menu of European classics. Accompany something from the impressive Old-World wine list with appetisers of baccalà and fennel arancini or a mousse-like ham-hock terrine layered with parsley. Pan-friend gnocchi arrives with broccolini, broad beans and Photoshop-green herb oil against torn mozzarella. Beef stands out, especially a chateaubriand for two, and a lighter protein in the form of a Catalan fish stew, with sweet leeks, lentils and just the right amount of broth. Coffee lovers should finish with espresso panna cotta trifle, complete with surprise pop rocks.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • E $15-$28

    M $22-$42

    D $14-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Private room
    Breakfast
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Peter Sheldon & Ian Curley

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