Dari heads to Bourke Street to check out the latest opening. Here’s her take on Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar …
Does Melbourne need another rooftop bar? When it boasts itself as a champagne and lobster bar, the answer may just be yes.
Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar – the newly vamped eatery on Bourke Street, situated in the heart of Chinatown, is pimped up, posh and pretty damn pink. Flagging itself as ‘fancy, fun and delicious’ the interior is rather reminiscent of a room in Barbie’s playhouse. Flamboyantly coloured with plush velvet booths, fluffy chairs and bright fluoro neon lights (you may need your sunnies before you step foot outdoors), the gregariously flamingo pink colour schemes are a bit cutesy and very Gen-Y, but elite glassware, and – more importantly – options to fill them, are very mature.
With ‘Champagne’ in its title, it’s no surprise that Veuve is the encouraged pour, (but be prepared for the accompanying $23/glass price tag, and $25 for Rosé). For those who’ve arrived for a casual evening, there are less extravagant but still solid options of wine, beers and cheekily named cocktails. To match with this pink affair is their sustainable food. Taken rather seriously, the seafood-inspired cocktail snacks are unique and upmarket. After shucking a few oysters on the open-air balcony, you can tuck into a petite wafer-thin ice-cream cone piled high with kingfish ceviche and little pearls of orange caviar. Mussels are served in their half shell and doused in a curry-inspired creamy chowder. A round plump scallop is a highlight: presented in an open shell, it has a black gooey base of squid ink risotto and the firm white mollusc sits on top with an interesting fizzy emulsion.
Bottom line: Champagne and seafood on a balcony … you had me at hello.
Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar