The Recreation
  • 162-170 Queens Pde,
    Fitzroy North,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9042 2707,
  • Lunch Wed-Sat noon-3pm,  Sun noon-4pm;

    Dinner Tue-Sat 5pm-9.30pm

The Recreation
-37.790579, 144.985267

Three guys with fine-dining experience walk into a North Fitzroy pub. The punchline? A local with all its hospitality fundamentals in place, a cracker of a wine list and a menu that includes name-brand steak (Hopkins River, O'Connor) with chips and snags with barbecued onions alongside more complex dishes like superb blood pudding and tortellini in a smoked duck consommé. Grossi Florentino alumni Joe Durrant and Mark Protheroe are front of house, ensuring smooth attentive service, while chef Steven Nelson (of Bistro Gitan) delivers a menu big on both flavour and classic technique. Baked scallops with salmon mousse may bring about 1980s flashbacks, but a veal tartare with pickled radish and a wasabi rouille or a mascarpone cheesecake with elderflower granita feel just about right now. A little something for everybody then, plus a bottle shop that includes aged gems from sommelier Protheroe's own cellar. Now that's a punchline.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $7-$27

    M $27-$39

    D $15

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Steven Nelson



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