Food and Drink
Posted by Trish Gallagher
15. Jul, 2013
Bank Place is one of Melbourne’s best keep secrets, our oldest pub tucked in behind Collins Street at one end and the beautiful dining room that is Syracuse at the other. Syracuse has everything from a large wooden table for big groups down to small two seater café tables, making it the perfect place for a business power lunch or an intimate diner for two. It’s the sort of place where a nervous gent would purchase the Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ and whip out a big old Tiffany shiner for his sweetheart.
The dining room has a distinctly European feel – high ceilings, dark timber, beautiful iron chandeliers and soft lighting. At breakfast, there’s a big range of healthy options – not too many places out there offering a side of LSA but if you are throwing caution to the wind, chef has house made crumpets with caramelised banana and salted caramel ($15), or a French omelette, with black Russians, gypsy speck, green onion, and pecorino ($13). Syracuse blends their own chai and have a big selection of teas and tisanes from SerenedipiTEA.
Come dinner time, Syracuse has a thirteen-dish strong share plate menu – choose any five dishes for $95 – tender Flinders Island wallaby with native pepperberries and smoked duck breast with fennel and vanilla are the standouts of this modern European menu and if tail to snout dining is your thing, definitely try the crumbed pigs tail, quails egg, breakfast radish, sauce ravigote and crispy ear.
If you’re onto your second bottle of Cristal and the ring is firmly on the finger, you should consider Syracuse as the venue for your upcoming nuptials, it’s a grand old space with a modern menu perfect for a lifetime of memorable dinners and events.
23 Bank Place, Melbourne
Mon – Fri 7am till late
Sat 6pm till late
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