Restaurant Guide

Gimlet: Restaurant review

With escape from reality at a premium, Gimlet's gorgeously renovated, high-ceilinged space is the perfect bolthole.


Winner: GT 2022 Best New Restaurant
Gimlet has a timelessness perfect for the times. With escape from reality at a premium, Andrew McConnell's newest diner, a gorgeously renovated, high-ceilinged space in 20s-era Cavendish House – that's all leather booths, rippled glass and chequered tiles – is the perfect bolthole, infinitely more appealing than the world outside. The drinks help, from complex cocktails to a superbly collated wine list that offers many thrills (few of which come cheap). The menu, a superbly balanced mash-up where French bistro meets Mod Oz meets New York grill, means you can eat brilliant oysters and/or caviar, tuck into a whole lobster or an 800gm T-bone from the wood-fired grill, rediscover the tarragon-infused joys of salade Lyonnaise and understand why some chefs go to the trouble of making their own gelato. The two-tiered dining room has exhilarating, genuine bustle, assisted by a highly credentialed service team that's one of Melbourne's best. Leave the real world behind.


33 Russell St, Melbourne, Vic
(03) 9277 9777
Chefs Andrew McConnell & Colin Mainds
Price guide $$$
Bookings Recommended
Wheelchair access Yes
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.