Time Out says
Familiar after-work fare gets the Stokehouse treatment at this laid-back eatery
Feel like Stokehouse City’s modern fine dining fare but need to stay on budget? See what Stoke Bar and Kitchen has in store for you.
Just off the Parliament end of Collins St, Stoke Bar and Kitchen is located downstairs from the dining room and is geared towards a more casual experience. Diners are welcome to pop in for a few nibbles and aperitifs before a more substantial dinner upstairs, or stay awhile longer to eat through the bar’s menu of familiar yet well-done dishes.
The menu is ideal for the post-work crowd with a range of smaller items such as the beef tartare, fried chicken wings with tonkatsu sauce and speck croquettes. Like the classics? Go for the eponymous Stoke burger, Rangers Valley steak frites or the potato gnocchi with mushrooms and pecorino. If you’re a fan of the original Stokehouse venue in St Kilda, order the prawn and crab linguine or Ollie’s Fish Pie by Stokehouse City executive chef Ollie Gould.
The budget-friendly sister to Stokehouse City has also been given a makeover. Designer Rabindra Naidoo, who has previously designed interiors for Pidapipo, Neapoli and Self Preservation, has given Stoke Bar and Kitchen a brooding, contemporary look featuring an ombre paint job contrasted by a highlighter yellow accent.