UPDATE: In 2019, Chris Budicin took over the role of Head Chef at Melbourne's Rockpool Bar and Grill.
Warrnambool’s Zac Nicholson honed his skills both here in Australia and overseas in North America. He has been at Melbourne’s Rockpool Bar & Grill for 10 years now, and in the role of head chef for the last five years.
The sophisticated interior design creates a feeling of space and elegance – a perfect fit in the upmarket feel of Crown Melbourne. Professional, attentive staff are only too willing and capable to match wines with dishes.
The menu has a strong focus on wood-grilled items, but with plenty of other options. Delicate pan-fried garfish fillets go so well with a white wine sauce. An expertly grilled rib eye is sliced and simply presented with a wedge of lemon, bearnaise and horseradish. A great steak is made perfect by the sides that go with it – green peas bound with a creamy egg and finished with the classic chiffonade of lettuce and Dutch Cream potatoes, crisply sautéed with the rich flavour of wagyu fat, garlic and rosemary are highlights.
PSST! The great international cheese selection and interesting dessert menu – with wines to match – demand attention.