MELBOURNE | Fans of Northcote bistro Merricote, which closed a few years back can rejoyce. Lekker! is the new venture by chef Rob Kabboord, who’s returned to Melbourne after four years at Quay in Sydney.
The venue is housed in the side function room of Hotel Windsor. It’s a neo bistro that’s a little bit Australian and a little bit Dutch (Kabboord is Dutch, and Lekker means tasty in Dutch). There’s high ceilings, a bright, spacious interior, with plush seating and posters that evoke the classic European bistro. It’s cozy yet sophisticated.
The food menu is split into snacks, or a larger $85, five course tasting menu. The snacks are keenly priced, with assortment of wonderful things like smoked salmon cigars, bitterballen (dutch beef and gravy meatballs, breaded and fried) with curry sauce, and Greenvale Wessex saddleback 24-month prosciutto 14 with pickled melon, and radicchio.
For drinks, there’s a short but impressive local and international wine list that’s been curated by German-born Carl Schroder, and Kabboord’s wife Bronwyn. There’s also an assortment of aperetifs, and local craft beers.
The original plan was for Lekker! to stay open as a pop-up until the end of March, but if recent indications from Kabboord are anything to go by, it’s likely going to be around for a while longer.
1 Bourke Street
Telephone: (03) 9633 6065
E-mail: [email protected]
Wed – Thu: 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Fri: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Sat: 5:30pm to 10:30pm