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.
343 Clarendon Street
Sun, Wed: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am