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Published May 6th 2018
Watch out Melbourne - The Vikings have landed
Image SBS where you can get your fill of Viking adventures
When watching the TV series Vikings and they started attacking Pari,s I had to go and check if that was historically true or the stuff of Hollywood. But yes, they did. Now it seems they have set their sights on Melbourne.
So if you are into Vikings and perhaps there is a secret wild streak or Viking (or at least a longing for one of their hairdos in all of us) then you have three ways to engage your inner Lagertha or Ragnar Lodbrok.
While there is a Sydney counterpart, Mjølner, a Viking themed restaurant has just opened in Melbourne. Rather than being tacky, this is an upmarket bar and restaurant experience semi-hidden behind a gold and black carved door on Hardware Street in the CBD.
Expect to be met by a host wearing a hessian style smock and a pouched dagger. The prow of a Viking longboat juts out from a wall, and you dine under the watchful eye of Odin.
The menu includes vegetarian options but there is also a three-course banquet at $70 a head which features items like, roasted bone marrow, spiced pigs head terrine, whole quail in Odins Raven beer, snapper with pistachio and watercress and mascarpone parfait with macadamia, charred lemon and plum.
Food has so far been getting rave reviews.
Dinner begins with a complimentary Stone Skål – an amber shot of stone-boiled vermouth, mead and honey and there is a bar downstairs. You can drink mead from drinking horns and choose your own weapon (a knife for a leather pouch) for cutting up your food.
There are some well-themed cocktails such as Erik the Red – port, pickled onions, red seaweed and beetroot or the Northern Lights using, gin, iced riesling, sorrel and elderflower.
BombeAlaske is also a hit here, while maybe not so Viking there seems something wild and non-conformist about setting fire to your food at a respectable table.
Melbourne Museum - Learn what it means to be a Viking
Melbourne Museum is set to reinvent the Vikings with their present exhibition based on recent archaeological discoveries that challenge our image of Vikings as pillaging and plundering pagans in horrid helmets.
Okay, so this is stretching the Viking theme a little. But anyone who has seen the series Vikings will have envied King Ecbert's soaking in his old Roman bathhouse with lots of the Vikings and Viking maidens more than willing to drop their clothes to join him.
We have one Roman Bathhouse in Melbourne, the Spa De Marrakech Luxury Moroccan Spa & Roman Bathhouse at the foot of the Dandenongs.
You can bet they are not going to let any smelly Vikings in there as this is a highly upmarket and luxurious establishment. The Roman Bathhouse features a warm mineral water bathing pool (heated to 39 degrees), steam room with colour therapy, ice fountain (for cooling off between visits to the steam room) and changing rooms.
But you do get to bathe in complete privacy in a marble and stone pool, beneath a domed ceiling and twinkling lights. While this is not a cheap experience it does sound magnificent and might just make your special Viking moments all the more memorable.
The Spa De Marrakech is open 7 days a week.
Monday – Sunday $170 per person per hour
14 Mountain Crescent
Montrose, Victoria, Australia
Call (03) 9737 0086