I first heard about Arbory Bar & Eatery at Yelp Melbourne’s 10th Birthday event in August last year where the yet-to-be-open venue whetted appetites with freshly shucked oysters and equally tantalising architectural images introducing its vision to become a food and wine destination that offered real quality and value to punters. Oysters and big ideas are aphrodisiacs in my books so of course I fell in love with the vision and immediately [email protected] on instagram (FYI conveniently the business has secured that same handle on Twitter and FB also) eagerly awaiting its opening…
Last week the vision was finally realised when Arbory finally opened at Flinders Walk which runs between Flinders street station and the Yarra river. While I didn’t have to wait nearly as long as the visionaries themselves (I understand the project took almost four years of planning), all good things come to those who wait and I finally got my chance to visit when I was invited as a guest earlier this week.
Breakfast at Arbory
Already a popular post-work drinks destination with lines snaking out from both its east and west entrances along the Flinders street-side of the Yarra river some evenings, Arbory also has a breakfast menu served from 7.30-11am making it the perfect place for leisurely and scenic business breakfasts alike.
The verdict? Considering how long I’ve waited for Arbory to open, it was such a nice surprise to be fully delighted by our experience. Breakfast was delicious, the price point of the menu is incredibly reasonable ($16 for the Banana pancakes and $18 for the Arbory Breakfast) and we genuinely cannot wait to get back for another visit. It really is the perfect setting for an out-of-the-box start to the day.
Stay a while
Arbory is a cleverly executed joint venture between HQ Group and Metro Trains where a railway platform that has not been used for thirty years has been given a smart and respectful makeover by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. It is not just simply Melbourne’s longest bar (at 150metres) that is conveniently located on your way home but also a quality offering at all times of day with food by Executive Chef Nick Bennett (ex Trocadero) and wine list by sommelier-wine-consultant Raul Moreno Yague (ex Vue de Monde).
Open from 7.30am until late (around 1am), it also offers two further food menus: an All Day Menu (served from 11am until 10pm) and Late Night Menu (from 10pm until close) as well as an excellent wine menu (in range and pricing) that makes it very easy to slip in and out (or stay!) as your work schedule permits and beyond. Go!
Go there: Arbory
+61 9621 2260
Arbory does not take bookings for small groups (the eastern wing can be sectioned off for larger groups of 40 seated guests or 80 standing).
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Flinders Walk runs between Flinders Street Station and the Yarra River. Arbory has two entrances: the East Entrance is accessible from Swanston Street and the West Entrance is accessible from Southbank via Sandridge Bridge.