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Published November 26th 2015
Not just for special occaisions
Tucked away down Alfred Place in the Melbourne CBD, Stokehouse City has earned the reputation of being a fine dining establishment for special events and celebrations and high end corporate dining. But with the recent menu refresh, this tasty little jem has opened itself up to become more accessible to anyone with a love of a clever menu and great atmosphere.
Tucked away on Alfred Place in the CBD, Stokehouse City. Image:The Ideas Library
From the street side, diners can ascend the grand staircase inside this heritage listed building to Stokehouse City or take a casual dining approach with the bar and kitchen downstairs.
The menu is clever and while it might appear to be a little adventurous, the food is amazing quality and served up in a way that multiple dishes can be shared so there's certainly something you'll enjoy.
Fresh oysters served up over dry ice. Imag: The Ideas Library.
While you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a special occasion restaurant, it's actually rather laid back in a smart casual sort of way and is ideal for a Friday business lunch as it is a girls afternoon weekend lunch. It's also ideal as a date night venue.
The pumkin, curds and whey; a standout dish. Image:The Ideas Library
No matter what your dietary requirements are, there's plenty of options to choose from and the service is friendly, warm and helpful (especially when you're really stuck on menu choice and needs some recommendations.)
Curried bass with green mango and coconut cream. Image: The Ideas Library
The best way to sum up Stokehouse City is that it's an ideal option when you're looking for something sophisticated without the pretension you can sometimes get in fine dining CBD venues. With large chandeliers that give a nod to it's beach side past, you'll immediately feel comfortable here.
The teenage carrots (bigger than baby carrots, but not quite full sized) and licorice were win. Image:The Ideas Library
The menu changes frequently so there's always something new to try and the wine and cocktail list is extensive. Lastly, make sure to save room for dessert (we didn't and regretted it when we saw a neighboring one) but alas, all the more reason to go back again.
It's also worth adding that if you do plan to host a special event there, the private dining area seats about 25-30 and would be ideal for a special celebration.