The George on Collins Restaurant & Bar Launches
Melbourne’s prestigious Collins Street welcomed a new social-dining destination, The George on Collins, an all-day restaurant and bar where guests are invited to graze from morning until late into the night on Head Chef Tom Brockbank’s (Estelle, Pollen Street Social, No. 8) socially conscious and European influenced menu. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the launch party for The George on Collins, a convivial affair, with it being one of the best restaurants in Melbourne for a modern chic experience.
Envisage a thoughtfully designed subterranean space by award-winning Melbourne interior design studio, Hecker Guthrie, where a grand central granite bar will stand as the focal point in its centre, surrounded by intimate booths, soft lighting and high tables which will play host to the most exuberant of drinking and dining experiences. The launch event was packed out and gave a first up impression of the chic ambience and hub potential of The George on Collins as a "go to" for corporates, and those just wanting a good time with a slice of style.
As Melbourne’s new social hub, guests are encouraged to arrive for breakfast, discuss business over lunch, and celebrate long into the night with a series of menus designed to suit every social occasion. A private dining room is also available for events, filled with plush leather seating, bespoke furnishings and a separate bar.
Breakfast meetings and brunch dates are accompanied by highlights of: The George Breakfast with a pork and leek sausage, thick cut bacon, scrambled eggs, charred mushroom, autumn greens and toasted pumpkin sourdough; French toast with brioche, coconut, caramel ice-cream and maple whipped butter; and the nourishing vegan breakfast bowl for those looking for a healthy bite.
For lunch in the City’s bustling CBD, The George on Collins serves a swift menu featuring: homemade garden gnocchi; an aromatic poached chicken salad bowl with apple, Roquefort, cosberg, pickled cucumber, and a buttermilk dressing; scotch fillet or 100-day dry aged eye fillet with wagyu churned butter, confit garlic onion jam, beetroot remoulade and hand cut chips; and daily-changing market fish with salt baked beetroots, orange and grapefruit fennel salad.
In the evenings, Brockbank unveils his British background and culinary training, extending the lunch menu and showcasing a signature dish of dry aged lamb shoulder, slow roasted for 12 hours with petit-pois, braised lettuce, bacon and lamb jus, designed to be shared. A selection of small and large plates, flatbreads, sharing boards and sides will complete the offering.
Lamb shoulder served at the launch party.
On Friday nights, as post-work city-slickers embrace the weekend, the dining menu has been adapted for casual grazing, featuring a more succinct offering of signature share plates including antipasto, cheese and charcuterie boards, various sliders, fish tacos and polenta fries.
Behind the scenes, the kitchen team pursues their communal passions for producing quality dishes while remaining ethically conscious, ensuring there is minimal food wastage with dairy surpluses being used to make flatbreads, vegetable offcuts incorporated into seasonal salads, and rendered wagyu fat reduced to make a signature butter.
Accompanying the menu is a creative wine list, developed by leading consultant Ainslie Lubbock (The Royal Mail Hotel. Attica, Cutler and Co, Pei Modern), which acknowledges the classics and celebrates the contemporary bar culture currently accelerating in Melbourne. The venue’s philosophy is to select drinks that are made with a sense of place and by skillful hands, whether it be a perfect Old Fashioned cocktail, a fresh Prosecco or densely powerful Shiraz, The George on Collins will deliver a drink worthy of taking a moment of time to enjoy.
The launch of The George on Collins presents a new and refined social-club, drinking and dining hub, and impeccably designed late-night venue for city dwellers, workers and tourists alike.