Dine before the curtain call

Dine before the curtain call
Melbourne’s East End Theatre District is a one-of-a-kind location in Australia, with four leading ladies – Her Majesty’s, the Regent, Princess and Comedy Theatres – complemented by the Forum and Athenaeum Theatre, collectively offering theatergoers and music lovers a stunning precinct showcasing the best in the performing arts.

Visatec Legal Recommend: Dine before the curtain call

Much-loved, rich and ornate, modern, sleek, grand and versatile, the theatres of the East End are surrounded by exceptional hotels and the best of Melbourne’s culinary scene, with options a plenty to tantalise any palate before the curtain call.
As the city prepares to welcome School of RockJersey Boys and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer, here is a sample of highlights from across the precinct.
Annam: Jerry Mai serves up modern Vietnamese near Chinatown and is the perfect spot for lunch and dinner. 56 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9654 6627
Bodega Underground: A restaurant serving the best of Mexico in the heart of Chinatown. 55 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9650 9979
Butcher’s Diner: A 24-hour diner perfect for an after-show bite or takeaway burger. 10 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9639 7324
Cecconi’s: Diners can settle down in a spacious monochrome space, a modern Italian menu, slick décor and a cellar bar.61 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 8663 0500
Chin Chin: Those craving Asian flavours can head to Melbourne’s famed Asian-fusion restaurant with a bar called GoGo downstairs for good measure. 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 8663 2000
Cumulus Inc: Whether it’s a matinee or a night show, diners can head to this all-day eatery and bar by iconic Melbourne chef Andrew McConnell. 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000,  (03) 9650 1445
Garcon Paris Steakhouse: A classic French menu complemented by wines from across Victoria and the regions of France. 6 Alfred Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9654 8184
Gazi: From George Colombaris, this is a no-frills, no-fuss, bar and restaurant serving Greek masterpieces. 2 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9207 7444
Gingerboy: A vibrant bar and restaurant with a menu that features a modern twist on Asian street food. 27-29 Crossley St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9662 4200
Ishizuka: An upmarket dining experience inspired by the world of Japanese haute cuisine known as Kaiseki. Basement Level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 8594 0895
Izakaya Den: A local favourite, partrons will have to look closely for the nearly unmarked entrance to find this Japanese izakaya-style tapas bar. 114 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000,(03) 9654 2977
Lello Pasta Bar: Pasta made by hand, in-house and a wine list capturing the best of Victoria and the globe. 150 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9654 6699
Longrain: The soul of south-east Asian cooking in Melbourne’s Chinatown. 40-44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9653 1600
Magic Mountain Saloon: A boutique bar and eatery offering modern Australian and Thai food from a wood-fired grill. 62 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9078 0078
Mamasita: Tacos, tequila and arguably the most famous cobbed corn in Melbourne. Level 1/11 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9650 3821
Pastuso: A Peruvian bar and grill that celebrates Victorian produce by Alejandro Saravia. 19 AC/DC La, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9662 4556
Pellegrini’s: A changing daily menu ensures a unique experience every time at this family run Italian coffee house. 66 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9662 1885
Punch Lane: A cosy restaurant and wine bar, this is one of the original Melbourne laneway gems. 43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9639 4944
Rice Paper Scissors: Flavours of south-east Asia served on share plates in a hawker-style setting. 19 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9663 9890
San Telmo: A restaurant and bar inspired by the flavours of Argentina. 14 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9650 5525
Sezar: An upmarket dining room serving a menu showcasing the local flavours of Armenia.6 Melbourne Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9663 9882
S.P.Q.R Pizzeria: Available by the slice, it’s wood-fired, sourdough pizza. 26 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9671 3326
Takumi: Diners craving for wagyu beef can head here for some contemporary Japanese featuring wagyu beef specialities. 32 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9650 7020
The European: Private dining and fine wine on the doorstep to the Princess Theatre.  161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9654 0811
Tonka: Celebrity chef Adam D’Sylva pays homage to his heritage at this modern Indian restaurant. 20 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000,  (03) 9650 3155
Uncle: A modern take on traditional Vietnamese at the top end of town. 15 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, (03) 9654 0829

Article courtesy of Visit Victoria
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