A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published February 26th 2018
Yarraville's Newest and Brightest Venue
Tucked away down an industrial estate in Yarraville is a breath of fresh air, otherwise known as Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar. Turning out of Francis Street, with its constant procession of trucks making their way to the docks, and into Campbell Street, I initially felt doubtful as I made my way past the series of warehouse style buildings. It felt as far as one could get, figuratively speaking, from trendy central Yarraville.
But sure enough, there was Mantra, a multi-purpose venue including all day dining, performance and event spaces and a professional recording studio. As soon as I stepped inside, all doubts were forgotten.
The advantage of being in an industrial setting is that it's possible to have a building with an abundance of space and light. Mantra is a vast establishment, over two floors. There's a large bar, as well as tables and chairs inside and out the front. There's a small atrium area, allowing more light into the space as well as adding a touch of green. At the back of the ground floor is a recording studio, a large room painted in neutral tones. I speculated that it could also be used as a photographic studio in a pinch.
Inside Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar - bright and airy space
Upstairs there is a second recording studio, as well as a pool table.
An interesting combination of functionality, you may think? To understand the mix, you need to know a little of the owners, Patsy Toop and David Baird. The pair performs as The Long and Short of It, and if their passion for hospitality is as strong as their passion for music, this venue is a sure fire hit.
The planning of Mantra has been impeccable and it shows. It's no surprise to hear that Patsy and David's dream of creating a "state of the art creative space where artists can showcase their talents, while customers can sit back and enjoy the entertainment, alongside our fantastic food and beverage offerings" has been two years in the making.
Mantra throws a party - complete with huge food platter and entertainment by Australian music icon Wendy Stapleton
While I didn't get to experience what's on offer from the all day dining menu, I did get to see the venue's ability to throw a party. A massive platter of platter of food that took two people to carry it, a champagne tower, even a couple of sets from Australian music legend Wendy Stapleton. The bar staff got into the party spirit by using liquid nitrogen in the creation of their espresso martinis, with spectacular results.
Even the creation of cocktails has a theatrical note!
I will certainly be making a return visit soon.
Mantra Studio Kitchen and Bar is located at 10A Campbell Street, Yarraville, and is open 7.30am - 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday; 7.30am - 11pm, Thursday and Friday; and 8.00am - 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday (closed Monday).
Cheers to Mantra's official opening
You can make a booking by clicking here or calling (03) 9917 284, or just call in for a drink or a casual meal.
Mantra's website is still being developed, so in the meantime, make sure you check it out on the Facebook page.
The images in this article were taken by the writer and are protected by copyright.