Where would you find an all-day cafe AND an all-day wine bar all in the same place? Well, funny you should ask…
Harvest café and wine-bar has opened its doors in South Yarra, serving up specialty coffee and drops from an impressive international wine list all day long. This east side venue is owned and run by Tim Martin who, with 16 years of experience and the title of The Age Good Food Guide’s young Chef of the year 2015 under his belt, is well versed in what makes a great place to eat in Melbourne. His vision for Harvest is all about being a place that you’d come back to time and time again, whether it be for a quick bite to eat or a long dinner and a bottle or two with friends.
As per its namesake, nature’s bounty lies at the heart of Harvest’s menu. All produce is crafted by hand at the South Yarra venue, from pickled vegetables to meat aged on site, hand churned butter and ice-cream.
While Harvest’s doors are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, each meal has its own special flair. Breakfast begins with a coffee of course, using Harvest’s own original blend that is roasted locally. With toffee caramel undertones and a hint of dark cocoa, you won’t be stopping at just one. A benedict muffin with brown butter hollandaise and ham off the bone will follow, or perhaps a homemade toastie or pastry for something a little lighter.
Lunch takes on a modern persona, with sleek dishes like sourdough battered fish and grass-fed O’Conner’s bottom sirloin served with red wine jus and fries. Alternatively, put together a delicious charcuterie board from hand cut salami to mortadella pate, stilton blue cheese and fruit brioche to nibble on as the day passes you by.
When day turns to night, Harvest shows no signs of slowing down, rather picking things up with a decadent dinner service. This European influenced menu features dishes such as Aged Pork Cutlets with radicchio and soured quince, artichoke heart stew with morel and herbs and a sourdough cecamariti pasta with oxtail ragu.
If at any time your thirst needs quenching, look to Harvest’s beverage list for a delicious cocktail, refreshing local and imported beer or a glass of red, white, rose or sparkling. Each of the wines have been carefully selected according to minimal intervention, so you know you’re drinking the best quality drop from only the finest grapes.
Harvest is now open to those wishing to dine in the 32 seat restaurant or simply pop by for a drink at the bar. Whatever the occasion, this is one worth checking out.