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THE PRESS CLUB
525 Collins St
Tel: +61 396142779
Greek and fine dining are two concepts that are seldom banded around in the same sentence. That’s changed in Melbourne however thanks to George Calombaris, an avant-garde chef whose culinary creations at the now-defunct Reserve have both raised eyebrows and prompted belly-patting contentment. Perhaps unsurprisingly ‘traditional’ is not a word that the foodie press is used to associating with him but that is what he is offering at his own venture, albeit with his own less-conventional spin. At The Press Club, Calombaris aims to recreate the traditional Greek food of his childhood and inject it with a bit of modern pizzazz. Thus, the menu might include traditional spit-roasted meat alongside a not-so-usual kadefi of smoked oysters and caramelised onions with a Greek salad smoothie. The restaurant provides an elegant space in which to enjoy these innovative creations, with dark leather and subtle lighting defying all expectations of a stereotypical blue-and-white-clad Greek restaurant.
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