Pre and post theatre winter restaurants

If ‘all the world’s a stage’ in Melbourne, the players are definitely of the restaurant variety. With the winter chill increasing, it’s the perfect time to head indoors for some theatre, but first food.

A story full of adventure, love and friendship, Disney’s Aladdin is a colourful feast for the eyes and a treat for the ears. Beloved characters, Jasmine, Genie, and of course Aladdin battle the devilishly evil Jafar in the Broadway version of this Disney classic. Playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, make a night of it, by visiting a nearby venue for some pre-theatre indulgence.

To help you prepare for all the jewels, frights and delights in Aladdin, hit Burma Lane for some sustenance. This gem, only a short carpet ride from her Majesty’s Theatre, has a regularly changing menu. Whatever is on offer, it is guaranteed to be fresh, innovative and delicious.

Two bowls of food and two different cocktails

Choose from a range of fresh menu items from Burma Lane

If you’re hankering for dumplings, then you need not go far. Down on Market Lane, offering a feast fit for a Sultan, you’ll discover the wondrous Hutong Dumpling Bar. Famous, not surprisingly, for its dumplings.  If dumplings aren’t your thing, never fear there’s a lot more to eat here, including a range of soups and tasty desserts.

The Book of Mormon has prayed its way to the funny bones of many Melburnians. This winner of nine Tony Awards, including best musical is showing at the Princess Theatre until September.

Two men dressed up as mormons and a woman in a ironically racist African inspired costume

You’ll need a post-theatre discussion after the Book of Mormon

To help line your stomach muscles and protect from laughter-induced injury step into Longrain. This open venue with large tables begs for its dishes to be shared. There’s also a bar for a post theatre de-brief.

Open from 7 am to the wee hours (3am), Magic Mountain Saloon has you covered not only before but well after a show. It’s not only a little bit magic, it’s colourful, open, friendly and offers a delightful ambience with a casual Thai-inspired menu.  The bar staff also mix up a mean cocktail. Drop in for a post-show drink and discussion about which was most hilariously offensive moment from Book of Mormon.

With classic My Fair Lady on until 9 July and Melbourne Opera presentation of Wagner’s Lohengrin in August, the Regent Theatre is a fantastic destination this winter.

Two performers in a waltz dance pose

Relive your favourite songs from My Fair Lady

As the name suggests, fresh food is on the menu at Fratelli Fresh. The team creates simple yet delicious Italian. Be satiated by their wood-fired pizzas or chose from the extensive traditional menu.

Lucy Lui brings you a border hopping menu inspired by cuisine from Asia including, Taiwan, China and Thailand. It’s also just a step away from the Regent. Pair your meal with am their extensive cocktail menu, and you’ll be singing show tunes on your journey home.

The Arts Centre not only has a show for everyone, but they also have a show for everyone, every day of the week. Just some of the shows at the Arts Centre this winter include:

Hello Dolly starring Marina Prior until 11 June.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 June.

Jesus Christ Superstar from Saturday 26 July to Wednesday 6 August.

The Australian Ballet presents The Nutcracker – the Story of Clara, The Sleeping Beauty and  Symphony in C this winter.

Then there’s the Bell Shakespeare’s latest offering; The Merchant of Venice from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 30 July.

With all those must-see shows, you’re bound to need some pre or post fuel. Don’t let the expansive outdoor seating, along the Yarra, frighten you away from popping into the Arbory Bar and Eatery. Here, the heaters are good at their job. Pair the warmth with one of their burgers, and you’re on to a winning combination.

Arbory balcony overlooking Hamer Hall with gas heaters showing

It’s worth braving the great outdoors for this view

Or if you prefer the fresh taste of Tasmania, Pure South is bound to please. The team serves  King Island Beef, Oysters, scallops and more from St Helens, all with a view of the Yarra River and city.