I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published May 29th 2012
Gorgeous Campari rooftop
Campari House was born to the Melbourne CBD as the famous Campari bistro on fabulous Hardware lane. The revamped Campari now has four amazing levels, providing hospitality for any type of evening you fancy.
The chic and modern interior still has a warm and friendly aura. Ideally located on Hardware Lane it has the instant vibe of being in the centre of the Melbourne City
The ground floor of Campari is devoted to the restaurant, which provides service for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu is traditionally Italian with local ingredients and an urban style with modern flair. Famously the pastas, breads, flavoured salts and infused oils are made by the staff at Campari and they share a passion for cooking great food. The service Monday to Friday starts with breakfast at 8am. Lunch is 12pm to late. Saturday and Sunday breakfast begins at 9am and on Sunday the restaurant finishes at 2pm. Highlights on the breakfast menu include caramelised banana porridge served with Canadian maple, breakfast bruschetta with beans, cherry tomatoes poached eggs and home made sourdough, and eggs a variety of ways. Lunch and dinner highlights include squid ink pasta, crispy skinned duck leg, wild mushroom and goats cheese tart and a variety of pizzas, including classic ingredients as well as braised lamb and smoked salmon.
The lounge is the mid section of Campari and emphasises booth service complete with a call button. The lounge has an assortment of cocktails on offer as well as premium spirits, beers and a wine list. A light snack menu with antipasto and pizzas are available when the lounge is open.
The rooftop is a large covered bar area with a hint of the sky out the open air segments in the far side of the venue. Stool seating at central tables and booths surround the room with a long bar extending the length of venue. Warm, soft light showers the area along with heat lamps to ward of the cooler air. This venue is fantastic! It feels airy and open with a perfect balance of people, music and good drinks. A nibbles and snacks menu is provided with pizzas and small bites including warm olives and fresh bread and dips. The drinks again highlight cocktails with a variety of beers, spirits and wines available.
Campari can house a unique function with a variety of sizes and packages available. Packages can be tailored to your needs with set menu dining, beverage packages, and full day or half day conferences with the option of delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea menus.
Right now Campari is highlighting Winter Warmer Mondays, which involves a warm hearty stew, home made crusty bread and a glass of wine for $18. 'Roasted 'N' stuffed' is a complete dining experience including a cooking demonstration, 3 course roast dinner with Pyrenees wines and a recipe card for each diner for $75 per person or $70 for Campari house members. Trivia night also appears on the rooftop as well as express pizza lunches with wine for $18.
A great venue that can accommodate your every going out needs.