Restaurant Reviews

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne: Restaurant review

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne

Address

Crown Melbourne
8 Whiteman St
Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Sun-Fri noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Prices

E $26-$39
M $32-$119
D $18-$25

REVIEW

Neil Perry's steakhouse is a luxurious dining experience. White-jacketed waiters, cabinets of dry-ageing beef, and leather seating set the scene for families celebrating birthdays with a zero at the end, alongside bankers toasting deals involving rather more. The food is excellent, relying on first-class materials rather than cheffy flair to impress. There's a simple but sparkling trio of thick-cut crudo - kingfish, ocean trout and yellowfish tuna - dusted with shavings of horseradish for kick and a finger-lime dressing for acidity and zest. More craft is on show with linguine, tossed with spicy prawn oil, spanner crab and lemongrass. Steaks are the fundamental draw: dry-aged to varying gradations of flavour, from David Blackmore or Cape Grim, soundly cooked, and with a heavy-hitting list of wines to match. Pastry skills are shown off to excellent effect by an architectural chocolate and hazelnut millefeuille, freshened with vanilla ice-cream. A-list luxe.

Phone:
(03) 8648 1900

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Zac Nicholson & Neil Perry

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.