Ate One Ate, Hawthorn

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MELBOURNE | Ate One Ate is a large, single room restaurant and bar located along the restaurant district of Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn. A contemporary venue offering modern Australian food with Mediterranean influence is something that has been done before, but not to this standard, and not in the suburbs. Open since late 2016, the vibe at Ate One Ate portrays casual dining with an air of sophistication.

The owner, Stephen Papagelou, is an experienced restaurateur following his other venues in Melbourne and Queensland, and the restaurants his family have owned over the years. Stephen’s background is Greek, but he has always had a passion for Italian food, especially pasta. His vision for the menu at Ate One Ate is to not be categorized into a certain cuisine, but instead, to offer a mixture of cuisines that covers the Mediterranean, with some nods towards Asia-Pacific.

Head Chef Marc Brown has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in London, and at Ate One Ate he’s allowed to show off his knowledge and expertise without any restrictions, resulting in dishes that are detailed in presentation and bursting with flavour. All ingredients are sourced locally where possible, and treated with the utmost respect in the cooking and preparation that results in the innovative plates of food presented on the table.

The large venue caters to all types of customers, with a dedicated bar and seating area to one side, whilst large tables and booths occupy the remainder of the venue. Bright lighting and upbeat music fit in with the contemporary atmosphere, which doesn’t take long to fill with conversation. As with their varied menu, the interior design also showcases a mixture of different styles, both eclectic and commonplace, which all seems to work together.

Unlike some other venues, the beverage list can hold its own when up against the extensive food menu. As well as the standard wines and beers, Ate One Ate also offer signature cocktails such as the ‘Robert De Niro’ (a combination of Campari and gin) and ‘The Before & After’ (a suitable drink at any stage of a meal). The Southbound Spritz comes highly recommended, with sweet Prosecco enveloped in a floral violet flavour, starting off the night well.

The food menu reads like a fine dining restaurant, however portion sizes are generous enough to tone down the restaurant’s vibe to a more casual setting. Items such as the Cured King Salmon Giaveri Caviar (Italian caviar, wasabi avocado, olive oil), Arancini, and Chargrilled Calamari stay true to the Mediterranean heritage in the entrees list. Pizza, pasta and mains feature an extensive variety of dishes that all sound excitingly delicious.

A highlight for us is the Open Seafood Lasagne served in a deconstructed fashion, with thin sheets of al dente cooked pasta draping over roasted bugs, truffle and fresh garden peas. A deliciously creamy pasta dish that is more on the fine dining side than casual dining, the flavours of the sea are paramount in this dish. As a main, the Western Plains Lamb Rack is superb, seasoned well with a crusty marinade encasing pink meat, sitting atop smoothly whipped mash potato, with sautéed haricot verte and an olive and tomato salsa served on the side. The flavour of the accompanying jus explodes in your mouth, successfully tying the whole dish together.

When it comes to dessert, there is one you must order. The Warm Bitter Chocolate Fondant is one of the best you will ever have. Served in an individual-sized mini saucepan, the warm fondant consists of a cake that reveals a moreish chocolate sauce inside, that is perfect to dip the accompanying waffles and marshmallows into, like it’s your own chocolate fondue. With slightly bitter flavours balanced out by sufficient sweetness, this is the perfect way to end the meal.

Ate One Ate is not yet open for breakfast, but are looking into this possibility going forwards. Whether you live near or far, definitely venture out to try this character-driven venue that is perfect for any occasion, whether for a casual family meal, or celebrating a nice occasion.

Ate One Ate

818 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn
Victoria 3122
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9818 3600
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 11:00pm

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Starting out her career as a Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, Nicole’s professional expansion into the food publication industry came as no surprise to those who saw her genuine passion for food develop over the years. Her appreciation for food doesn’t just entail tasting different cuisines, but also learning about the inspiration behind a dish, and about the story and people behind a venue. Food writing provides Nicole with a creative outlet to share her insatiable appetite with others, whilst food photography enables her to permanently capture the beauty and creativity that is fleetingly shown on the plate. Helping venues to manage their Social Media is a further example of Nicole’s desire to delve deeper into this ever-growing industry. Her love for eating fuels her passion and motivation for maintaining an active lifestyle, with running, hiking, Pilates and travel just some of the ways she manages to stay fit and healthy!

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