MELBOURNE | Celebrating 141 years in the industry, O’Connell’s Hotel is one of Melbourne’s dining institutions. Upon approach, this gastropub conveys a simplistic white exterior fitted with black awnings, separated into ‘Bar’ and ‘Restaurant’ sections via different entrances. Once inside, an historical, old-world ambience transforms the diner’s expectation to anticipate a more complex and elegant experience compared with your local pub.
Dim lighting, dark wooden paneling and antique-style furniture fill the multiple dining areas, with staff service that is simultaneously professional and relaxed. The row of wine bottles lining the back of the main dining room indicates the venue’s focus on quenching customers’ thirst with quality offerings, whilst the open kitchen on the other side of the room dishes up orders at a constant pace, never giving away any sign of distress or chaos that may be occurring behind those kitchen walls.
The recently revamped menu is a credit to Head Chef Tom Brockbank, whose passion for fresh and local produce stems from his time growing up on a farm in England. In addition to O’Connell’s classics such as their signature Beef & Guinness Pie, and herb and Parmesan-crumbed Veal Schnitzel, newer menu items are bound to excite customers’ palates with refreshing ingredients and clever flavour combinations. You may want to try the Slow Gin Salmon Gravlax, featuring thinly-sliced salmon amongst snapper crab and roe, apple oyster gel and mayonnaise; Grain Fed Beef Tartare with pickled daikon, beef cracker and confit egg; or the 12hr Slow Cooked Dry Aged Spring Lamb, served moreishly tender with a pea puree, smoked bacon and Yarra goat’s curd.
A popular destination amongst both locals and non-locals alike, O’Connell’s lives up to their reputation of offering an impressive dining experience with ‘clean, flavourful and consistent’ food and drinks. The menu is delectably unique, showcasing an amalgamation of local Australian and English cuisines, classifying O’Connell’s above your average pub grub.
407 Coventry Street
Telephone: (03) 9810 0086
Sun – Mon: 12:00pm to 10:00pm