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Optic Kitchen and Bar

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Published September 11th 2013
Be part of the illusion both there & not there
It's difficult when one of your friends is gluten free, particularly when trying to find somewhere to eat. So when I met up with my girlfriend for brunch I was pleased when she suggested a place to eat - Optic Kitchen and Bar.

Optic Kitchen Bar
Outside the Optic Kitchen & Bar

The decor has reference to the ACMI, with film reels piled up on high ledges. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. I particularly liked sitting in the booths, a little different and they gave us the illusion of some sort of privacy.

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The booths at the Optic Kitchen Bar

At 11am on a Saturday morning the venue was very quiet. We had to order by going up to the counter but the food was brought to the table. The staff were very friendly and left us to chat with each other without trying to move us on.

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The counter where you ordered your food

The food was good and so was the coffee. It was a bit cold while we were there but I can imagine on a warm day it would be nice to sit outside and watch all the comings and goings.

Optic Kitchen Bar Egg & bacon roll
Egg & Bacon Roll - Fortunately for me I'm not gluten intolerant

[ADVERT]Not too far away from the main action of Federation Square but far enough to be slightly sheltered from all the chaos of the main screen and the open entertaining area of Fed Square

Comments on the menu: It's very broad, something for every body and it's gluten free/friendly.
Booking: No need.
Getting there: It's past Time Out Café and on the left hand side towards the back, near the entrance of the ACMI.
Parking: As always in the city, it's better to go in by train or tram as parking comes at a cost.
Disabled access friendly? Yes
Kid friendly? Yes
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Why? Tucked away at the side of Fed Square, close enough to be there but far enough removed to give perspective
When: Mon - Tue Sun 8.30am - 6pm, Wed - Sat 8.30am - 10pm
Phone: 9671 3855
Where: Corner Swanston St and Flinders St, Federation Square
Cost: Price Range: $ (main meals under $20)
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