The St Kilda Branch, a former bank converted into a bar, is a relaxed yet hip place right across the road from busy Acland Street.
The St Kilda Branch was ideal for my quiet catch up with a friend, who recommended we go there on the basis of its nachos being much more substantial than those of its competitors.
Nachos from The St Kilda Branch. $10.
As the snacks available at the bar are quite cheap, we couldn't meet the Eftpos minimum of $15 with a mere plate of nachos. So, we decided to get a bowl of chips as well.
Bowl of chips from The St Kilda Branch. $7.50
After a recent bad experience with nachos at a nearby Mexican place, where we paid through the nose to receive approximately five corn chips, we were overjoyed to see the plate of nachos piled high. With plenty of slightly spicy salsa, and substantial dollops of sour cream and guacamole, it was exactly what you would expect when you order nachos. The chips, served with aioli, were perfectly crisp and lightly seasoned.
With modern décor, The St Kilda Branch has a chic interior which you might not expect from its plain white exterior. There are plenty of different seating options, to suit those looking to sit down with a meal, as well as those wanting to perch on stools sipping a drink.
Service was decent- the bar staff were friendly and jovial, although they didn't provide particularly fast service.
Interior of The St Kilda Branch.
Considering its upmarket surrounds, The St Kilda Branch is fairly cheap. Each day of the week is a different regular special, and there is free live music on weekends.
I read the article regarding The St Kilda Branch and rang up a couple of friends and we went for lunch the same day (yesterday). It was all you described and more. There were three of us and so we ordered three dishes to share. It cost $24 all up and we ate and ate but still could not eat it all. The 3 serves would have easily fed 4 people. I will be telling friends about this little find. Thanks. Lynette