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Hemingway's Wine Room

  • Restaurants
  • East Melbourne
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    Hemingway's Wine Room
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    Hemingway's Wine Room

Time Out says

Get a quick meal and a glass of wine before a game at this MCG-adjacent wine bar

Tucked away just near Jolimont station, Hemingway's Wine Room is a chic, French-inspired wine bar complete with all the classics. With a small collection of red-lined booths flanked by a bookcase of wine bottles, it's perfectly positioned for a cheeky meal and a glass of vino before a game at the MCG.

Pair their punchy beef tartare – replete with enough pickle to keep this Italian-Australian humming – or the meaty octopus tentacles with a delicate slather of romesco, with a glass of something European. They have plenty on offer for drinks, from an easy-drinking French rosé by the glass to a more obscure (but nonetheless delicious) Slovenian Sivi Pinot.

Although the Duck à l'Orange is certainly tempting on a cold day, and the whole grilled calamari with a chorizo, prawn and risoni stuffing dunked in a saffron and seafood bisque is reminiscent of the best of French-tinged Morocco, it's the fish of the day that has my vote. Paired with creamy potato dauphinoise, wild mushrooms and a deliciously acidic Champagne and leek fondue, it is easily their best crowd pleaser. Don't forget an order of their sweet potato fries – the salting levels are a winner.

Finished off with a milk chocolate mousse topped with raspberry, toasted hazelnuts and caramel ice cream? Sometimes the classics turn out to be exactly what you're looking for.

Written by
Bianca O'Neill


150 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne
Opening hours:
Tue-Sat noon-late
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