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The Town Mouse
Modern Australian
  • 312 Drummond St,
    Carlton,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9347 3312,
    www.thetownmouse.com.au
  • Lunch Fri-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner Wed-Sun 5.30pm-10pm

The Town Mouse
-37.79859,144.968905

Pretty cool place, this. From the décor (lots of crisply finished hard surfaces) to the worked food (even the butter on the table has been tweaked, with nori and kombu) to the wine (bottle-for-bottle one of the most progressive lists in the state), all the details have been finely tuned. But just as the playlist is as much Little Richard as it is Bowie, the quality of the service under Christian McCabe keeps things from ever seeming arch or calculated. Instead, you're in the hands of a bunch of people who really care about what they do and want you to share in the fun, whether it's a fresh little salad of poached chicken and oyster mushrooms piqued with faux roe and salad burnet, or a "couscous" made from tiny pieces of potato tossed with toasty almond and lemon zest, and spiced with vadouvan. Chef Dave Verheul's pastry work is of particular note: the buttermilk-poached pear with caramel and pear sorbet isn't to be denied.

Photography: Eve Wilson.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $13-$24

    M $24-$35

    D $6-$16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Vegetarian
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Dave Verheul

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