I entered into a whitewashed warehouse space with red coloured industrial load-bearing pillars, flanked by high industrial windows that shed light on a dark wood bar on my left and a white marble bar overlooking the open kitchen on my right. Round tables and banquette seating dominated the centre. The restaurant with 50% covers kept waiting staff moving around and the team of youngish looking chefs busy about the kitchen at 4pm.
I ordered the grilled octopus with smoke paprika and basil organised for Look.Stop.Taste. It came with a glass of Sherry at AUD15. The accompanying dollops of aioli supported the slightly burnt and tender flesh of the octopus tentacle pieces. The nearly melt-in-your-mouth soft texture of the octopus hinted at the application of slow-cooking techniques. I found the dry sherry an unusual companion and would have preferred something fresher and crispier to the palate. Despite the continuous flow of customer traffic, service remained attentive, friendly and efficient. I can see why this casual and airy eatery is popular with Melburnians.