Claypots Barbarossa, Melbourne CBD

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MELBOURNE | Claypots Barbarossa in Melbourne’s CBD is the fourth venue from owner and restaurateur, Renan Goksin, who’s vision is to combine Australia’s laid-back lifestyle and love for local food with European-style hospitality. Each of his Claypots venues differ in their concept and style, but all are consistent in showcasing the freshest seafood that is caught, prepared and sold on the same day, and treated simply in the dishes in which they are served.

This is particularly evident at Claypots Barbarossa, a humble venue situated on Hardware Lane whose rustic vibe transports you to a comfortable home in a Sicilian seaside town. A mixture of sit-down tables, large steps to lounge on, and a standing room area invite all types of dining experiences. The interior décor exudes an old-world personality with shelves lined with old record players and books, whilst paintings along the roof and walls artistically capture your attention. A live music culture creates a fun atmosphere, with a band playing Italian music one night, whilst the next night may be live French music.

At Claypots’ CBD location, fresh seafood caught that day is on display in a glass cabinet at the front. Perusing the menu, all of the European tapas-style dishes contain unique ingredient pairings with seafood, whilst a handful of menu items can also cater to those who aren’t seafood fans. Our favourite was the Lobster Roll, whose crusty bread encased fresh lobster meat, creamy mayonnaise, vegetable garnish and a drizzling of oil for added richness and extravagance.

Other highlights included the King Prawn grilled in its shell, served with garlic, chili and coriander; Sambal Stingray, whose caramelisation produced moreish and exciting textures and flavours; Whole Grilled Calamari with an accompanying salad; and one of their specials, the Flounder with Lobster salt. All dishes highlight the freshness and flavour of the seafood, with cleverly added seasonings and spices to complement its taste.

At Claypots Barbarossa, the signature motto is: Health, Pleasure, Impulse. Health signifies the food being health-focused, fresh, and readily available. Pleasure implies the encouraged experience of enjoying yourself amongst good company, plentiful drinks and tasty food. Impulse represents the fast-food nature that this venue strives to achieve. During lunch times, large pots of freshly cooked seafood-centered meals are dished out at the front to passers-by, for both dine-in and take-away. Once these pots are emptied, new seafood dishes are cooked and brought out to replace the previous ones, creating an ever-changing menu.

Happy Hour, or ‘Aperitivo Hour’, is available each weekday from 5:30pm, with complimentary tapas-style snacks on offer to add to the generosity and enjoyment of grazing and drinking, which is a popular activity in European countries. Local wines are served by the glass and in half-bottles, with beer also available on tap.

Even though they have already been here a few months, Claypots Barbarossa still lacks a bustling atmosphere filled with customers, especially when compared to the popularity of their sister restaurant in South Melbourne Market (Claypots Evening Star) and the other restaurants along Hardware Lane. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at this restaurant thanks to the friendly and hospitable European-style service, fun live music culture, relaxed vibe and great-tasting food and drinks. The owners and staff here work extremely hard to provide an enjoyable experience for everyone, so we hope that more people start to discover this great restaurant and all the exciting things it has to offer.

Claypots Barbarossa

79 Hardware Lane
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9670 5255
E-mail: n/a
Website: Facebook

Open
Mon – Sat: 10:00am to 11:00pm

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