Mon-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri 7am-midnight, Sat 7.30am-midnight, Sun 7.30am-11pm
Want a European vacation sans the jet lag and queues at customs? Simple. Duck into The European, where assured, accented waitstaff, a sexily under-lit, intimate, wood-lined interior, a bicep-trembler of a Eurocentric wine list and deft seasonal menu will instantly transport you. Cherry-pick a few small plates to start - haloumi with fig, gazpacho with crab, a weighty medallion of smoked hock and baby leek terrine served with snappy pickled vegetables or zucchini flowers given a sultry twist with smoked tomatoes and glistening honey. Pasta showcases the seasons - pan-fried gnocchi smothered in the day's greens and torn mozzarella or Lakes Entrance stargazer (a lovely fish, firm as a new couch), an island in a rich, bouillabaisse-like sea. Classics aren't bypassed - the beef Wellington and chateaubriand are made for two. And since Europe is known for its art, order a sculptural bombe Alaska, piped and torched to resemble a porcupine with a heart of rhubarb gelato.