Saturday, 31 March 2012

The Press Club, Melbourne

A visit to George Calombaris' (MasterChef) restaurant The Press Club was something I had long coveted so when a business colleague invited us to join them there on our recent visit to Melbourne for my sister's wedding I leapt at the chance.

They have become regulars at this venue, taking numerous clients. I can see why. Having been around since October 2006, The Press Club has weathered the fickle dining scene managing to remain relevant, enjoyable and competitive in a market filled with venues clammering for attention.  A refurbishment in 2010 has created a dining space that manages to take advantage of lovely windows overlooking the street while creating a sumptuous interior without the need for dark mood lighting.

As first time visitors, the 5-course lunch degustation with wine known as the 'mini symposium it is an ideal immersive experience to enjoy what have become signature dishes.  The wine matching is fantastic and we enjoyed the breadth of the selections. The Pinot Noir from Kings Ridge, Oregon stood out in my mind, however none of the selections disappointed.

With a fondness for 'deconstruction' the menu features executions of Greek 'favourites' in a contemporary way.  As Australians have become such tremendous fans of Greek lamb, Calombaris and the TPC team have made sure that their modern interpretation would not disappoint, in fact it was quite decadent.  Another stand out was the salmon. What appeared to be a modest sized dish was packed with flavours. You will undoubtedly spend time guessing what each element on your plate as they have had a great deal of fun plating and creating the alchemy of flavours. Something that even carried through to the serving of a soy mocha at the end!

The service was unhurried and down-to-earth.  The emphasis is on the food, the wine and your company. Exactly where it should be. You can browse the detail of each course in the photo gallery. I am looking forward to a return visit to sample some more dishes and of course check out Calombaris' other successes in Melbourne.


72 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9677 9677

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