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Published October 9th 2017
South Yarra will reap the benefits of this new restaurant
Winner of The Age Good Food Guide's Young Chef of the Year Award 2015, Tim Martin, recently opened his highly anticipated restaurant in South Yarra. While he has over 16 years' experience in the industry, including head chef at The European, this is his first solo venture.
Former Age Good Food Guide's Young Chef of the Year, Tim Martin, has recently opened Harvest in South Yarra
His restaurant Harvest is an all-day coffee house, bar and eatery. The menu features aged meats and fermented products - a combination of the flavours Martin grew up with and some influences from The European. He has a passion for natural fermentation of produce, so expect to see pickled vegetables paired with rich charcuterie aged on site.
Harvest's menu features the food Martin grew up with, with some influences from The European
Martin's inspiration for the Harvest concept came from his personal thoughts on the sort of place he'd want to frequent. "Casual, with simple and well-priced food. Whether it's a solo glass of wine or an amiable catch up with old friends, I want to provide people with a regular destination to relax and enjoy our artisanal selection of drinks and plates", is how he describes it.
For breakfast, choose from a toastie (from $10) or pastry such as the spanakopita cruffin ($6), or something more substantial, such as an omelette with hot smoked salmon and watercress ($16).
The lunch options (served 12 noon to 5pm) include sourdough battered fish ($24) and grain-fed flank steak with onion and watercress ($30). There are lighter options available too, such as the white anchovies with pickled garlic and coal roasted tomato bread ($16).
White anchovies with pickled garlic and coal roasted tomato bread
The dinner and bar menu features share plates, encouraging patrons to taste a selection of dishes. Perhaps start with the smoked pork cigars in brick pastry with charred onion salsa ($8), or something from the charcuterie selection (from $16), and then move on to the sourdough ceccamariti pasta with ox tail ragu alla napoletana and bone marrow ($28).
While you may be forgiven for thinking food is the hero here, the drinks side of things has certainly not been forgotten. Former Borsch Vodka and Tears' Scott Bailey is running the bar, pouring a boutique selection of wines (from $10 per glass) as well as a selection of local and imported beers and ciders.
Future plans for Harvest include brewing its own craft beer and wine, so stayed tuned for updates via Harvest's Facebook page.
Harvest is located at 2 Claremont Street, South Yarra. It is open Tuesday to Friday 7am-late, Saturday 8am-late, and Sunday 8am to mid-afternoon (closed Mondays).
Click here to reserve a table, or call on (03) 8582 0890 (although a number of tables are reserved for walk-ins too).
All images in this article were supplied. Image credit: Eugene Hyland.