At a restaurant, we feast. But at these eateries, it’s more than that. Feast your eyes and indulge your sense of sight, as well as your sense of taste. There are but a few places across the city to be distracted by the interiors, in spite of what’s on your plate.
Higher Ground, CBD
High ceilings and church-like proportions offer a sense of grandeur inside the ground floor casual dining area: the name is reflected in its impressive interior. With plants aplenty and a gentle hum of other patrons, you can tuck into decadent market fish in sumptuous surroundings. Muted tones (think concrete, timber and brick walls) lend an urban feel, softened by daylight filtering through and ambient lighting.
Kettle Black, South Melbourne
Located in a classic townhouse, not only is the menu a piece of heaven (miso-cured salmon, chilli scrambled eggs or classic apple bircher), the architecture is spot on too and they even have breakfast cocktails. Bright white walls and pale timber create a relaxed environment for an elevated menu.
Fifty Acres, Richmond
Bare brick walls and marble counters. Simplicity is key and we agree. Coffee by Dukes Coffee Roasters who have an environmentally-minded focus just adds to this spot. Perch on the banquet seating and take in the menu filled with goodies. The goat’s cheese omelette is a must.