Ex-Grossi Florentino’s Joe Durrant, Mark Protheroe and Chef Steven Nelson have brought new culinary life to The Recreation Hotel in Fitzroy North. Having had various incarnations over the past few years, the guys appear to have hit on the right formula to attract locals and wine lovers from right across Melbourne.
Classically fitted out, this pub/bottle shop oozes bistro style, character and charm. The Recreation Bistro×Bottleshop is the place to go for those who love wine bars with very well-thought-out dishes.
Chargrilled calamari and carrots with bone marrow dressing is a great share plate and ideal with one of the many crisp white wines on offer by the glass. The bone marrow dressing lifts the calamari while the carrots add sweetness and depth. The Hopkins River scotch fillet with chimichurri and house-cut fries is a punchy offering and is The Recreation’s homage to a great pub dish.
PSST! The Bottleshop is a unique venue and is available for events. Great for work or pleasure!