A great host makes guests feel welcome and at home from the moment they walk through the door – which is the philosophy that inspires Brunswick’s hidden culinary gem, Host.
Tucked away on Saxon Street, just off Sydney Road, this cosy restaurant is all about generous, seasonal dishes, communal dining and enjoying the space and the people you’re with.
Owner, Nedim Rahmanovic, says, “The space was a bare warehouse and the brief was to create a home-like atmosphere that encapsulates the definition of what it is to be a host.”
It is this home-like atmosphere that influences everything from the fit-out of the restaurant to its menu. Though the restored warehouse gives off an industrial feel at first glance, the warm finishes and intimate booth seating create a versatile and welcoming space. A communal table is the centrepiece of the main dining area, where groups are seated side by side and walk-ins are welcomed; and an outdoor courtyard which, by day, is filled with sunlight and lush greenery, transforms to a sophisticated, yet relaxed, dining setting in the evenings.
Nedim has crafted the menu to be simple at its core, but exceptional in its presentation. Although the menu changes daily according to what produce is available from local producers, you can be certain you’ll find something you’ll want to come back for. Recent dishes include spiced carrots with burnt orange and date butter; raw kingfish with nasturtium, lemon and cucumber; and spring lamb with peas and hazelnut pistou.
The drinks menu featuring a small but diverse list of local and international wine, beer, cider and aperitifs and digestives, as well as classic cocktails and soda flavoured with a seasonal house-made syrup.
Indecisive eaters should visit Host for a Sunday Session set-menu lunch where, for $45 per person, guests are treated to a shared feast of dishes. Alternatively, attend one of their monthly six-course degustation dinners or dessert evenings. With menus curated in collaboration with chef, Paolo Arlotta, and pastry master, Pierre Roelofs, each month’s dinner tells a different story and leaves regulars with new experiences.
Like an old friend that welcomes you with open arms, Host puts the intimacy back into neighbourhood bars and restaurants and adds a little hidden charm to the Brunswick community.