Scott

Scott McIntyre

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Punch Lane

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Sat, 28th Apr 2018 (8)

Incredibly popular with the pre-theatre crowd, so if you like a bit of a more relaxed dining experience, make a booking during the actual performances and you’ll enjoy a much better evening.

The Mayfair Restaurant and Bar

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Fri, 6th Apr 2018 (10)

Our new local favourite. Great food, incredible cocktails, intimate surroundings. Just fantastic.

Meatmaiden

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Fri, 23rd Mar 2018 (8)

We have had great visits to Meatmaiden, and highly recommend it - with two minor suggestions: Food comes out FAST from the kitchen. This can result in eating too much, too quickly, so consider ordering starters, waiting, then ordering mains. Far more comfortable, and you can enjoy the food more. The staff are super quick to clean up what they think are empty glasses and plates - we’ve lost food and cocktails well before they were done. Kudos for keeping things tidy, but if you’re still working on your (delicious) cocktail, keep ahold of it till the very end. Oh, it gets very loud, so plan accordingly!

Lee Ho Fook

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Sat, 17th Mar 2018 (10)

Our first visit will most definitely not be our last. Outstanding meal, great wine, super attentive service. Not once were our glasses empty! The playlist was phenomenal as well! Only thing I would change: remove a few tables, especially along the walls, and space things out a bit. We were VERY close to our neighbours, which makes conversation awkward.

The Mayfair Restaurant and Bar

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Sat, 10th Mar 2018 (9)

We are now very happy regulars at The Mayfair and look forward to every visit. They just added a Mayfair Burger (Wagyu, melted Gouda) which is incredible! Also new: Chef’s Tasting Menu. I’ll absolutely be doing that on an upcoming visit!!

A Hereford Beefstouw - Melbourne

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Fri, 9th Mar 2018 (9)

Delicious steaks, very well prepared. Love the starters, especially the oyster options. Can’t wait to return!

The Mayfair Restaurant and Bar

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Sat, 10th Feb 2018 (9)

This was our first visit to Mayfair, and it most definitely will not be our last. We had a (generous) gift voucher, which freed us up to really enjoy ourselves - cocktails in the bar to start, some Chardonnay by the glass, and then a fantastic bottle of red with dinner; the sorts of things that will easily start to push you bill into the multi-zeroes-on-the-end category. Overall, our experience at Mayfair was spectacular. We were met at the door by David himself, who seemed to have briefed himself as to who was expected in with a reservation and when (great touch) and jovially greeted us as if we were returning regulars. Went with a couple of house cocktails in the bar section of The Mayfair, which we both thoroughly enjoyed, and have every intention of visiting again the future just to put the bartender (and our livers) through their respective paces. For dinner we started with shared oysters and the spanner crab crumpet; both were delicious, and I easily could have had another crumpet (or two). Our mains: A chicken breast Plat du Jour, and the Sirloin. Went with the By Farr for the wine pairing here, which worked very well with both dishes. Kept it classy with Pomme Frites as a side (which were incredible, especially with the béarnaise sauce. Creme brûlée to finish (and of course some Delord '67 armagnac) and we called it a night. Everything was delicious, and we know we'll return. We're not late night people (started all this right at 1800), and the venue was definitely packed as it got later; live music was at a comfortable volume, but the restaurant is bijou, so, conversations had to increase in volume. Whilst it was a tiny bit tricky sorting out the bill (I think it was only four staff working the floor, and all were flat out), we weren't in a hurry and they certainly weren't trying to flip the table and get us out, so, it worked out great. Most definitely looking forward to returning soon!

Hana Bar

Melbourne CBD

Scott dined on Sat, 6th May 2017 (9)

Hana, you blew me away, and you deserve full credit. My wife and I love Hawaii; we go there once a year and have an absolutely amazing time...so when I read that Hana was going to be opening in May in Melbourne, my jaw dropped and I uttered a gleeful "ooooooo!" to my wife. Our initial plan was to have a cocktail or two, and try some of the seafood on offer. Within minutes, though, that plan was pushed aside and turned into "eat ALL the things!"... And so we did. We started with some of the croquettes and the poke with tempura crumb. This is not quite traditional Hawaiian style poke, but it is very much inspired by it. Don't be fooled by a lot of the new venues claiming to have poke in Melbourne, they are a long way off from what you'd get on the Islands, but, I'd say that Hana pays proper homage whilst still bringing something new and interesting to the dish. The croquettes were also spectacular, and it was pretty much after having a bite of each of these starters that we knew we were in for a wallet-busting evening. The tapioca crisps with poke had my wife clapping in glee. Incredible flavour, outstanding texture, a joy to eat. These were also top rated by me, but were a near tie with the crab/tempura apple/ginger. Both of these dishes floored us. The baby squid: Tender, delicate, delicious. Snapper ceviche: Another huge favourite. Incredible flavours, beautifully presented. Hiramasa Kingfish: This was also incredibly delicious, but I would say that the jalapeño was more of a "hint" than a "star" - and that is probably by design. Kingfish & jalapeño is a common dish around Melbourne, and Hana's variant last night let the fish be the star, rather than any of the associated spice or other flavours. Tuna & Watermelon: I loved this. I thought the combination of flavours, textures, everything, was really clever. One of the comments that my wife made during dinner was really quite spot on: It reminded her a lot of Morimoto Waikiki (now closed) and she's right - there was real thought put into these dishes, and as Hana had only been open 3 days when we went in, I actually can envision all of these dishes evolving over time. As they should. But the attention to detail, the balancing of flavours, the presentation, the freshness, it was all the very clever work of head chef Mario Manabe whose expertise (and pedigree in the industry) is without doubt. The drinks: Yes, I had the "sharknado" - Hana is NOT without its kitsch, so, if you're not into a bit of whimsy with your dining experience, move along. But the Hana Colada, oh to the emm to the gee. Outstanding. More please. Must have. Wine list is concise, and obviously meant to pair with the food on offer, you won't be disappointed here. We also had a bottle of white (Bourgogne Les Grandes Gouttes Chardonnay, 2014) that went perfectly with the seafood. Service: We were extremely happy with the service at Hana; they're still finding their feet, and you can tell some of the staff are still coming up to speed with how the process all flows, but, unless you're like me who pays (way too close of) attention to those minutiae of details, you'd think they'd all been working together for years. Very well done. Was it perfect? Almost. What kept it from being so? The music. This is a personal preference thing, but, the music was VERY loud (had to lean over table and speak up quite a bit to be heard by my wife), and wasn't my personal choice for dining tunes -- BUT, and it's an important but(t) -- the restrooms had authentic, soothing and beautiful Hawaiian music playing! When I returned from the facilities, I approached the person whom I think might be the manager and said if he reversed the music (put the Hawaiian in the restaurant and the loud dance/whatever tracks in the loo), he'd be my best friend. He laughed, and he told me that the music is only that way at dinner. During lunch seatings, they play the Hawaiian music in the restaurant. That's great to know, but, personally, I'd turn the volume knob down a few notches, and intersperse a few Hawaiian tracks with the electronic anthems. I admit, I was secretly hoping to have my Hana Colada whilst listening to Israel Kamakawiwoole sing his Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World medley. Maybe next time. Hana has great things ahead of it, and I know that it's going to be impossible to get a table before long; I'm overjoyed that we got be there on their opening weekend, and if they were open on Sunday, I'd be back tonight (yes, it's that good). Mahalo for the 'ono grinds, Mario and team at Hana!