If ‘all the world’s a stage’ in Melbourne, then the restaurants of our city are the perfect ensemble cast. With the winter chill increasing, it’s the perfect time to head indoors for some theatre, but first – food.
Locanda’s dramatic design and décor will rival any on-stage production and as well as using premium Victorian produce, Locanda offers a specially designed pre-theatre menu with two or three courses. Carnivores can opt for the 300g Angus steak or go for a hearty homemade ravioli.
For a real indulgent start (or end) to your night at the ballet, swan into Siglo. With amazing views of Parliament, St Patrick’s Cathedral spire and the muralled brickwork of Princess Theatre, you almost won’t want to go to the show. Enjoy a glass of champagne and bar snacks, or really raise the barre with a Cuban cigar. With an enviable drinks menu and shareable bar snacks, it’s the perfect pre-theatre indulgence.
Take a culinary tour of Asia in the theatre district of Melbourne, at Red Spice QV. Their menu is bursting with flavours from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Burma, Laos and more. Located in QV, parking is easy and it’s just a short walk to the theatre. Whether you’re after a quick bite, a bar snack or a full-on feast, the food and experience at Red Spice QV is definitely en pointe.
Her Majesty’s Theatre
For next level pizza, we can’t go past Tazio, a two-storey, 240 seat Italian pizzeria. If you’re after something a little lighter, go for the antipasto platter with cured meats, or marinated olives with Persian fetta. The team at Tazio are well known for their pre-theatre dinners and staff are happy to cater to any time constraints if you’re in a hurry.
In the heart of the theatre precinct lies Mezzo, a traditional Italian restaurant and bar. The express pre-theatre lunch runs from Wednesday to Friday, or dinner from Monday to Saturday. But if nothing tickles your fancy on the pre-theatre menu, the full menu is always available and full of classic Italian fare. They’ll cater to any time restrictions, but be sure to squeeze in enough time for a tiramisu. Beautiful!
Known for their sharing dishes, Gingerboy meals are inspired by the vibrant flavours, fun and colour of street kitchens and hawker markets across South-east Asia. Not sure what to order? Tell your waiter to ‘feed me’ and they’ll sort you out. Or head on upstairs for pre-theatre snacks, cocktails and people watching before the show.
The Arts Centre
For pre or post-theatre dining, enjoy contemporary Japanese cuisine matched to a range of premium sake at Sake Restaurant and Bar at Hamer Hall. The ever-changing menu deserves its own standing ovation, offering small bites to eat, or a shared tasting menu if you’re after a little bit of everything.
Need to fill up on a feast before the show? Taxi Kitchen offers a three-course ‘Showbiz menu’. This fine dining, modern Australian restaurant and bar is surrounded by glorious views of Southbank, the Yarra and overlooking the Arts Centre spire. Fill up and wander on over to the Arts Centre for a good dose of wit and humour.
Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company
If you need a quick bite before a show, head to Blondie Bar for selection of small Asian-inspired dishes like the haloumi bao, or head there post-performance and savour more substantial dishes like the slow-roasted szechuan lamb shoulder. If you’re in a more European mood head to the cosy Script Bar and Bistro to enjoy a glass of Sangiovese with the lasagne della casa. Both restaurants are mere metres from Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company.