Lunch daily 10am-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-9.30pm
In an age where line-ups and street cred can too often rule Melbourne's food scene, The Grand can seem almost retro. All the nostalgic hallmarks of proper dining are there: comfortable chairs, linen-clad tables, carpeted floors and the rare treat of floor staff who really know how to treat a guest. Though the cosy, chocolate-hued dining room might be showing its age, the kitchen still nails the authentic Italian fare that has made the place so popular and consistent. Pasta, made in-house, is a must-order. Spaghetti alla chitarra arrives perfectly al dente and tossed with a rich wild rabbit, olive and pine nut braise. Crisp-skinned, twice-cooked duck with fragrant, Roman-style orange and juniper sauce is textbook, while whole baked snapper with capers and samphire stretches the trad Italian approach with positive results. Dessert is fluffy vanilla mousse with dark chocolate, salted caramel and popcorn, but prepare to loosen a belt hole - the main courses are generous.