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The Press Club
  • 72 flinders st,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9677 9677,
  • Lunch Mon-Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

The Press Club

The new version of The Press Club has shrunk in size but expanded in ambition. A compact, wittily glitzy space, channelling both a 1970s cocktail bar and an Onassis-era private yacht, with leather-upholstered horseshoe booths and mirrored brass finishes, the restaurant looks like no other in Melbourne. And when George Calombaris's food begins to land, the theme soon becomes apparent. A miniature Hills Hoist is pegged with Chips and Dips; a trad Greek salad might include basil jelly or feta mousse; walnut and mussel "shells" are both edible; and marron is cooked in tarama butter and teamed with sprouted lentils. Not every dish is successful (although a take on the pavlova called Smashing Plates is an Instagram favourite in the making), but with brilliant service, a sensational wine list and an endearing sense of fun, The Press Club checks more boxes than it misses. It's Athenian Hustle with plenty of bustle.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 5-course tasting menu $145, 8 courses $190

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • George Calombaris & Luke Croston



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