Spanning two shopfronts on the corner of Gertrude and Deadman’s Lane, the room naturally divides into two parts. Both rooms offer a mixture of seating, standing and leaning space, with plenty of curb-side spots too.
A curved bar creates a conversation point between the guests and the open kitchen, inviting patrons to be an active part of the dining experience. Ceiling-high wine racks emphasise the owner’s intent of wine first, food second. The design draws on the aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, incorporating original white-washed brick walls and the existing concrete floor untouched since its days as a metal plating factory.
The emphasis then turns to polished, clean-lined craftsmanship, with stylishly curved fixtures and rich textures of leather, dark wood and copper which The Australian describes as “effortlessly stylish”. Ultimately, Marion passes the essential test for a new Melbourne restaurant venture. The place is packed.