The George on Collins
Basement, George’s Building, 162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne
As the crisp chill of yet another long winter in Melbourne looms over us, there is thankfully news of a silver lining. Come June, those looking to escape the elements will find much-needed shelter in Collins Street’s new all-day eatery, The George on Collins.
Previously The Long Room, The George on Collins has been completely transformed, offering a welcome respite for all looking to graze at their own leisure.
With Head Chef, Tom Brockbank (Estelle, Pollen Street Social, No. 8) at the helm, The George is taking shape to become one of Melbourne’s most prestigious social hubs. Guests will be drawn in for a refined breakfast offering: think French toast with brioche, coconut, caramel ice cream and a maple whipped butter.
Later on, while discussing business over a lazy lunch, diners can graze on an aromatic poached chicken salad bowl with apple, Roquefort, cosberg lettuce, pickled cucumber and a buttermilk dressing or a scotch fillet with wagyu churned butter, confit garlic onion jam, beetroot remoulade and hand-cut chips.
Dinner is a different story. Come nightfall, Tom will be unveiling his British background and extending the lunch menu to showcase his signature dish of dry-aged lamb shoulder, slow roasted for 12 hours with petit-pois, braised lettuce, bacon and lamb jus.
However, if you are looking for something to accompany an after-work tipple, the weekend menu is adapted for casual grazing on share plates of antipasto, cheese and charcuterie boards, various sliders, fish tacos and polenta fries.
To accompany this array of decadent dishes, The George’s leading consultant Ainslie Lubbock (The Royal Mail Hotel. Attica, Cutler and Co, Pei Modern) has designed a refined and creative wine list. With Ainslie’s help, the venue is looking to employ a philosophy of drinks that are made with a sense of place by skilful hands, whether that be a classic negroni or a refreshing prosecco.
All this glitz and glamour will be housed in a polished subterranean space in the old George’s department store, designed by highly acclaimed Melbourne interior design house, Hecker Guthrie. Picture soft lighting, high tables and intimate booths surrounding a grand granite bar.
The best place to escape the depths of a classic Melbourne winter, The George on Collins is set to be your new go-to. This social destination is looking to be the kind of place you will intend to visit for a quick drink, but you’ll end up staying for the day, slowly becoming part of the furniture.