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Dine before the curtain call

/ 01 Nov 2018
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 theatregoers and music lovers a stunning precinct showcasing the best in the performing arts.

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 Rock, Jersey 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




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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



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