I have mentioned before how much I like progressive dinners so I was excited to be invited along to one of Melbourne’s newest dining precincts, South Wharf Promenade, for a progressive dinner showcasing a number of restaurants.
South Wharf Promenade sits along the Yarra River’s southern bank, where heritage cargo sheds have been restored and turned into restaurants. Access to South Wharf Promenade is either through Docklands Highway or from Spencer St, just next to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The atmosphere down by this side of the Yarra River feels a lot more mellow than the city itself, like a modern, new hangout that not a lot of people have discovered yet. With so many places to eat within South Wharf Promenade and with a multitude of different cuisines available, you are really spoilt for choice. It is also a fantastic place for an after work drink. In the warmer months, you can sit outdoors by the water, drink in hand, and watch the sun set.
We visited the following places during our progressive dinner:
- The Boatbuilder’s Yard – for pre-dinner drinks and a snack of fried school prawns
- The Bridge – for some wine and canapés
- Akachochin – for sake and Japanese food
- The Sharing House – for wine and entrées
- Melbourne Public – for more wine and a main
- Bohemian – for sangria and dessert
As you can see, it was a wonderful night of eating and drinking! While every place was different and good in their own right, the stand outs for me are Akachochin and The Sharing House.
South Wharf Promenade at sunset
Seafarers Bridge at night
The Boatbuilder’s Yard – fried school prawns
The Bridge – Crumbed olives stuffed with gruyere; duck rillettes
Akachochin – Kingfish tartar served with a paper thin rice cracker
Akachochin – Chicken wing dumpling. It was a chicken wing stuffed with dumpling filling. Genius!
Akachochin – Seared wagyu with king mushrooms
Inside the Sharing House and the cool Lego signboard
The Sharing House – Chickpea fries with homemade tomato sauce; rabbit & cauliflower popcorn
The Sharing House – Port Arlington mussels with white wine, garlic and cream
The Sharing House – Gravlax of ocean trout cured with apple vodka, textures of apple & mustard crème fraiche
Inside the bar area of Melbourne Public
Melbourne Public – Seared tuna with char siu ox tail, twice cooked pork belly & Asian dumpling
Bohemian – Chocolate filled donuts, blueberry and mascarpone dessert, brioche pudding & cheese platter
Over & Out, April xx
April dined as a guest of South Wharf Promenade.