This New York-influenced French brasserie, in a basement on Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street, is now open.
Made in the Shade’s latest venture is a dim-lit, glamorous 100-seat bar and restaurant that reflects the Parisian-style brasseries of New York. The group also operates some of Melbourne’s most groundbreaking and successful venues including Heartbreaker, Connie’s Pizza and The Everleigh.
French-trained Group Executive Chef Daniel Southern (ex-Vue Group and L’Oustal) has designed a menu of French bistro classics. Dishes on the opening menu include: duck frites, escargots de Bourgogne, moules Basquaise and the signature ‘MGX’ cheeseburger.
Daily specials run throughout the week, including fondue for two, coq au vin and beef bourguignon and a ‘Beggars Banquet’ that is optional for parties of four or more. It includes a bottle of Champagne, oysters, steak tartare and frites for $99. With a late-night licence, there’s a substantial supper menu available until the early hours of the morning.
The cocktail menu is split into three categories – light aperitif, serious styles and digestif – while the wine program, curated by Made in the Shade’s Group Manager Marty McCaig, is approachable and affordable. The Champagne list runs from small, boutique Champagne growers through to the classic producers.
Location: Basement, 111 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 4pm–3am and Friday and Saturday from 4pm–5am
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org – walk-ins welcome
Image credit: Gareth Sobey Photography