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The Press Club
Modern Australian
  • 72 Flinders St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9677 9677,
    thepressclub.com.au
  • Lunch Tue-Sat noon-3pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm


     

     

The Press Club
-37.815693,144.972659

You couldn't accuse George Calombaris's flagship of being stuffy. From petits fours hidden in a fold-up backgammon board to the room's retro-style cream and gold-hued curves, The Press Club doesn't shy away from the theatrical. While the kitchen remains deeply committed to celebrating Hellenic food culture - with Greek ingredients frequently seen on the menu, from feta-whipped butter to the sweet-salty loukoumades that kick off dinner - it draws just as heavily on Calombaris's memories of suburban Australia. A tiny cheese toastie with tomato sauce is a nostalgic add-on to spanner crab and tomato jelly while vegetable chips arrive at the table pegged to a scale-model Hills Hoist. Although the painstakingly arranged plates often feel like they're more about the sizzle than the steak (oyster blade with crisp-fried baby kale is well-handled, sure), warm service is a win. Athenian drink options aplenty and an apéritif trolley keep the mood lively.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Lunch 2-6 courses $35-$90,

    Dinner 5-8 courses $95-$180


     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • George Calombaris & Reuben Davis

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