Restaurant Guide

Gimlet at Cavendish House

It appears that Andrew McConnell has done it again, and Melbourne has a new institution.
Gimlet at Cavendish House, Melbourne dish with stonefruitsSharyn Cairns
33 Russell St, Melbourne


It may only have opened in 2020, but – much like its namesake cocktail – Gimlet is already a classic, a cinematic recreation of the Roaring Twenties that would leave even Cecil B DeMille short of breath. Under the astute direction of Andrew McConnell, the art deco dazzle is matched by a menu delivering conspicuous consumption with all the flair you could desire, from caviar to wood-grilled lobster. Yet, there’s a knack for lifting the nominally prosaic to the level of poetry, too. From evergreen bar snacks such as parmesan-filled gnocco fritto topped with bresaola to a roast chicken recalibrating the Sunday roast, it’s all about finding the thrills in familiarity (a sentiment that extends to the supper menu, which might feature crêpes Suzette flamed theatrically tableside). The tiered dining room is a fitting stage for Melbourne’s glitterati, but standout floor staff ensure everyone at Gimlet feels like a star.




33 Russell St, Melbourne

(03) 9277 9777

Open Lunch and dinner daily

Chef Andrew McConnell & Colin Mainds

Price guide $$

Bookings Recommended

Wheelchair access No

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Gimlet at Cavendish House
33 Russell St, Melbourne
Andrew McConnell
Price Guide
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch and dinner daily

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