Gravlax at The Sharing House, South Wharf Promenade

Photo Sundays: South Wharf Promenade Progressive Dinner

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 24, 2012

in Dining Out, Food Events, South Wharf

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 - Sunset

South Wharf Promenade at sunset

South Wharf - Seafarers Bridge at night

Seafarers Bridge at night

South Wharf - Boatbuilder's Yard - School prawns

The Boatbuilder’s Yard – fried school prawns

South Wharf - The Bridge - Stuffed olives, duck rilletes

The Bridge – Crumbed olives stuffed with gruyere; duck rillettes

South Wharf - Akachochin - Inside

Inside Akachochin

South Wharf - Akachochin - Kingfish sashimi with rice cracker

Akachochin – Kingfish tartar served with a paper thin rice cracker

South Wharf - Akachochin - Stuffed chicken wing

Akachochin – Chicken wing dumpling. It was a chicken wing stuffed with dumpling filling. Genius!

South Wharf - Akachochin - Seared wagyu with mushrooms

Akachochin – Seared wagyu with king mushrooms

South Wharf - The Sharing House - Inside

Inside the Sharing House and the cool Lego signboard

South Wharf - The Sharing House - Rabbit & cauliflower popcorn & chickpea fries

The Sharing House – Chickpea fries with homemade tomato sauce; rabbit & cauliflower popcorn

South Wharf - The Sharing House - Mussels in white wine, garlic & cream sauce

The Sharing House – Port Arlington mussels with white wine, garlic and cream

South Wharf - The Sharing House - Gravlax of ocean trout cured with apple vodka, textures of apple & creme fraiche

The Sharing House – Gravlax of ocean trout cured with apple vodka, textures of apple & mustard crème fraiche

South Wharf - Melbourne Public - Inside

Inside the bar area of Melbourne Public

South Wharf - Melbourne Public - Seared tuna, pork belly, dumpling

Melbourne Public – Seared tuna with char siu ox tail, twice cooked pork belly & Asian dumpling

South Wharf - Bohemian - Inside

Inside Bohemian

South Wharf - Bohemian - Chocolate donuts, blueberry and mascarpone, brioche pudding & cheese platter

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.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Iron Chef Shellie June 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

Lovely snaps as usual April! Can you believe I still haven’t been to South Wharf!


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Thanks! You need to fix that ASAP! Definitely check out The Sharing House and Akachochin first


Michelle June 25, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I love your pictures, April. They’re so pretty!


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Aww thanks Michelle


Sophie Wang (@aecliss) June 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Progressive dinners sound like so much fun! I still haven’t had the chance to go to one myself though 🙁


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm

You could create your own at South Wharf 🙂 The restaurants are just next to one another. Maybe a good idea for a bunch of friends one night!


Sophie July 8, 2012 at 10:41 am

Brilliant idea. I may follow your lead in the order of restaurants 🙂


April@MyFoodTrail July 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

It will be a great night out. Make sure you have the Sharing House and Akachochin on the itinerary and try not to each too full at each place! The trick is to pace yourself 🙂


Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Love all the photos 🙂 and the food you tried ~ I’ve actually tried out Akachocin and The Sharing House and loved them both! Especially the rabbit popcorn first time I’ve had rabbit hehe


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I find rabbit most of the time is overlooked and too tough, but the rabbit popcorn is a good way to first try rabbit, mostly because it’s deep fried!


Adrian (Food Rehab) June 25, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Dayem! Nice recap April – was also heaps fun restaurant hoppin with you!

That pic of the school prawns is bringing back some good memories. I’ve since gone back 3 times for that! Also, how great was the brioche pudding?! OMG we must go back for that


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Wow, three times really shows you love them! Yes we should go back for that amazing brioche pudding


Winston June 27, 2012 at 2:25 am

April… You really do have one of the BEST photos simply outstanding! This progressive dinner sounds like so much fun. The school prawns and food from Akachochin looks so yum. Would love to go there for dinner and have a brisk walk with friends on the bridge before and after dinner… =)


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Aww, I don’t think I do but thanks for your lovely compliment!


msihua July 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I can’t get enough of this place!


April@MyFoodTrail July 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hehe, you should be a VIP there by now 😀


Rita (mademoiselle délicieuse) August 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

How did you find having to hop from location to location, despite them being close by? Did it make the evening feel broken, or break up conversation?


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