The temperature has plummeted and jumper weather has well and truly arrived, but it’s not all bad – at least now we’ve got an excuse to tuck into cosy feeds and and enjoy those warming winter cocktails. And to make things easy for you, we’ve found some of the best new winter menus to check out in Melbourne right now. Warm your cockles with one of these seasonal treats tonight.
The Bridge Hotel’s new menu is about as cosy as it gets…especially if you’ve nabbed yourself a table by the pub’s roaring fire. Leave those winter blues at the door, and warm up with treats like this pumpkin and almond agnolotti, a slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb, and a drool-worthy dish of saffron poached pears.
The Prahran Hotel’s serving up the kind of food that really excites, with pub classics sitting happily beside more adventurous seasonal creations. Head in now to fall in love with the kitchen’s new winter menu, which boasts treats like a whole pan-fried spatchcock, a three-person crispy pork knuckle with jus, and a decadent warm almond and plum tart.
Set to celebrate its eighth birthday this June, Left Bank has had a whole lot of experience keeping Melburnians cosy and fed throughout winter. And indeed, this new season’s menu is well worth a look in, featuring creations like a confit duck and butternut squash risotto, and this stunner of a dish, with grain fed eye fillet and potato horseradish cake.
Ms Collins’ street food-style eats are always a serious hit with the after-work drinks crowd and this season’s offerings are as good as ever. Launched a couple of weeks ago, the new winter menu heralds the return of the much-loved ribs’n’burgers combo, as well as introducing the likes of chilli soft shell crab, buttermilk popcorn chicken, and a Thai-style taco, stuffed with pulled beef brisket.
Over in St Kilda, Lona has launched into the frosty season with a new menu of winter-worthy tapas plates to drool over. Settle in with a serve of the bar’s aromatic mulled wine, and heat up your night with the likes of cheesy leek croquettes, Flinders Island saltgrass lamb ribs, and 12-hour slow-braised pulled pork sliders.
Bound to add a bit of brightness to your cold winter nights, The Bohemian’s new menu is a riot of lively Spanish flavours. Sort yourself out with a glass of full-bodied tempranillo, and feast on dishes like the scallops with vichyssoise, fall-apart braised lamb shanks, and a slow-cooked duck leg with red wine jus.
The cocktail crafting legends at Polly have the perfect antidote to this frosty winter weather: a brand new line-up of lush liquid creations. Swing by the Brunswick Street bar this season, to try concoctions like the Vestida – a Mexican twist on the Brandy Alexander, made on top tequila, Italian coffee liqueur, Mozart Black dark chocolate, cream, and cacao peppercorn-infused agave syrup.
The weather might be getting chilly out there, but things are definitely heating up in the General Assembly kitchen. The South Wharf bar’s dusted off a tasty new menu to keep you cosy this season, boasting warming dishes like a braised beef cheek, with cauliflower puree and wild mushrooms; and a luscious sticky fig and ginger pudding.
There’s no shortage of winter warmers on The Queensberry Hotel’s hearty new menu – a seasonal assortment of dishes guaranteed to take the edge right off that wintery chill. Get excited for the likes of garlic and chilli pork noodles; slow-cooked beef cheeks braised in red wine; and a housemade chicken, leek, and mushroom pie. Perfect alongside a dark brew from the bar.