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Published May 16th 2014
More than theatre tickets at this Box next to the Regent
Conveniently located right next to the Regent Theatre, Box Seafood Restaurant, in fact, used to be a part of the theatre: the ticket box!
A memorable meal with charming champers, and even more charming service, Box Seafood Restaurant may become my new favourite restaurant.
Image credit: boxoncollins.com.au
Exceptional service in the cozy quarters of the ground level of this 3 level restaurant kept us warm on a cool autumn eve. We had a window seat, and enjoyed watching Collins Street come to life as the green carpet was rolled out to welcome the stars and VIPs on opening night of Wicked at the Regent Theatre.
Box Seafood Restaurant is a seafood restaurant serving daily caught seafood and fresh Australian produce.
The menu has a little something for everyone, even (gasp) those that don't prefer seafood. The pasta has the reputation of being some of the best in Melbourne.
My guest and I shared a delectable seafood platter to start; fresh and plentiful, it didn't disappoint. Gluten free options allowed me to have calamari for the first time in over a year; a light crisp cornmeal and sesame batter, no squid here, it's the real deal, and tender and perfectly bite-able at that.
My risotto pescatore was packed with the rich flavour of a not-too-saucy napoli sauce, and loaded with a delicious variety of seafood, nicely topped with fresh shaved parmesan. My guest enjoyed her main as well, a generous portion of scallops, chorizo, baby spinach, and red capsicum risotto.
Box Seafood Restaurant; original photo: White chocolate creme brule
I'm not sure how we made room for dessert, but I'm certainly glad that we did; white chocolate creme brule, vanilla poached pear, and a macaron, brilliantly presented on a long narrow plate. The creme brule was served in a unique shallow dish, with a wider than usual diametre, allowing a high ratio of crunchy caramelised topping to creamy custardy sweetness. The macaron was delightful, and the pear was a pearfect palate cleanser to finish before we left to the theatre.
Whether you eat inside or outside, ground or upper level, pre-theatre or "just because", Box Seafood Restaurant will be a brilliant experience with great value for your dollar; I'm looking forward to returning.