MELBOURNE | Park Pantry is a South Yarra café and wine bar, in the space that was formerly home to Le Derriere by Entrecote. Owner and sommelier Jeremy Vogrin has continued with the French theme, but expanded to an all-day offering. I popped in to grab some shots for What’s on Melbourne.
Park Pantry is a small space, to the left as you walk in, the coffee machine and sandwich/pastry cabinet extend the length of the wall. Turn the corner, and you’ll find a cosy 16 seat dining space, with regular tables and a few stools overlooking the street.
French-German head chef MarcAntoine ThomasPierre Nicolaii has developed a menu with Jeremy that leans not just on French dishes, but wider European bistro-type fare. It’s all made using quality produce sourced from independent local suppliers. Tiger prawns with saffron risotto is a crowd favourite, and one of the best things you’ll eat in Melbourne this year.
Other dishes on the wine bar menu include things like eye fillet with truffle mousse, fondant potatoes, and shiraz jus; crudo fish with baby fennel and agrumes (citrus) vinaigrette; and a unique, almost mousse-like take on a tiramisu that you have to try.
By day, it’s things like croque monsieurs, pork and apple sausage rolls, salads, and pastries. Coffee is excellent, using beans sourced from Industry Beans. For an alcoholic tipple, there’s a wine list of around 50 carefully selected bottles that match perfectly with the dishes on the menu. There’s award-winning local drops, along with European wines from interesting small producers.
119 Park Street
Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 10:00pm