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Published October 2nd 2013
I used to frequent Hairy Canary on a Friday night. In those days, it was a pre-clubbing drinking spot, bursting with 20 something mingling singles. Little food was on offer, and standing room only in the narrow corridor like space.
Last week, a friend invited me for lunch there. A line of wooden tables in a dimly lit space, had me wondering if I had recalled the same place. The mosaic decorated wood fire stove perhaps providing an interesting distraction on a bad date, but for us, a conversation piece questioning whether it had always been there and if this was once exclusively a bar.
Prawns and mussels in a tomato broth
We didn't mind the long wait for the food as the wine selection and cute waiter with a French accent kept us preoccupied (well, the latter, perhaps only me).
Choose a selection of tapas to share, or larger pasta, pizza, soup, or paella for two. We decided on 3 tapas - tiger prawns and mussels in a tomato broth, flash fried calamari, and a rocket salad with beetroot, blood orange, walnuts and feta. Generous serves, full of flavour, and delectably moreish. A delightful selection of desserts, but we were too full for anything other than another wine.
Flash fried calamari
Rocket salad with beetroot, blood orange, walnuts and feta
Hairy Canary is open Mon-Wed and Sat 9am-3am; Thur/Fri 12pm-3am; and Sun 9am-1am, located at 212 Little Collins St, Melbourne.
A cute waiter with a French accent, a dimly lit cosy atmosphere, limited patrons, no rush, and a well stocked bar; what else could you ask for in a venue where lunch may easily extend into after work drinks? Don't tell the boss.