L-R: Simon Blacher, Dave Parker, Nick Coulter, Michael Parker
A Mediterranean restaurant from the team behind Tokyo Tina and San Telmo
Prahran might be at least four kilometres away from the nearest body of water, but its newest restaurant is named after the king of the sea. Neptune on High Street is a two-level restaurant bringing locals a taste of the Mediterranean, complete with a bottle shop and a cocktail lounge for the beautiful people of Windsor and Prahran.
The restaurant is the result of a collaboration between Nic Coulter and Simon Blacher of Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Tina fame, and brothers David and Michael Parker who own South American restaurants San Telmo and Pastuso in the CBD. The foursome aimed to open a casual eatery that lets guests graze from the early afternoon and then make their way upstairs for cocktails and bar snacks.
The menu is focused on seafood, with bar snacks like fritti misto (think Italian tempura) with sage anchovy fritters and flash fried mussels. Other highlights are the market fish baked in a paper bag and the aglio e olio anchovy spaghetti. Vegetarians don't miss out either.
The space is designed by Ewert Leaf Architects, with the ground level taken up by wine bar-style casual seating and a cozy lounge area with a fireplace. Upstairs, the cocktail saloon features a whisky locker and banquet seating available for function hire. Can't stay for too long? Punters can buy wines from the cellar to take home.
212 High St
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I'd try to give this a miss. Great pedigree and super hyped but pretentious, noisy and loads of annoying American-style millennial door attitude to mess with your evening. In short everything Melbourne really shouldn't be. Alternatively, if you do want to try it, get there soon while it's still open.