Mr Brownie, South Melbourne

MELBOURNE | The butter chicken at Horn Please is one of my favourite versions of the dish in Melbourne, and a chicken parma is my favourite pub meals, so when Jessi Singh combined the two at his latest venture, Mr Brownie, there was no doubt as to what I’d be ordering.

Mr Brownie is Jessi’s biggest venue yet, and sees the Horn Please, Mrs Singh’s, and Daughter In Law owner turn his focus onto remaining the pub. There’s a cocktail bar in the basement, craft beer focused bottle shop on the ground floor, dining rooms on the two floors above that, and a rooftop bar with views across South Melbourne into the city. The vibe is 70s kitsch (just look at that tablecloth) with a funk/hip-hop soundtrack.

Along with the butter chicken parma, which is served with curry chips and is every bit as good as you imagine it will be, there’s things like samosa chaat, motherland nachos, pies, and curries. It’s about doing good quality versions of, and creative takes on, the British-Indian style Indian food that many are familiar with.

The cocktails also take a leaf from the same book, with a focus on freshness and fruity, floral flavours. The Mr Singh Gin & Rose, and the Watermelon Mojito are both great.

Come for the butter chicken parma, and stay for everything else. My advice is to book in advance as the rooftop is quite small, and you definitely want to nab yourself a spot up there if you can.

Mr Brownie

343 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205

Telephone: (03) 9696 3401
E-mail: [email protected]

Sun, Wed: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


Falafel Omisi, Yokine

Volare, Maylands

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