Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne,
100 St Kilda Rd,
Tel: (03) 8687 0775
Chef: Shaun Presland
After attracting a loyal fan base and picking up coveted Chef’s Hats at its popular Sydney and Brisbane venues, Saké Restaurant & Bar is now serving up its unique version of contemporary Japanese cuisine at Arts Centre Melbourne’s fabulous Hamer Hall. Set along the stunning Yarra River, with spectacular water and CBD views from every table in the house, Saké Melbourne showcases an outstanding à la carte menu jointly created by Executive Chef Shaun Presland and Head Chef Rose Ang.
“Rose has global experience and comes to us via Executive Chef roles with several high-profile restaurants, including the Belvedere Hotel in Mykonos, Nobu in St. Moritz and Roka Restaurant in Macau,” explains Shaun, who mastered his craft by learning the fundamentals in Japan and training extensively with world-class Japanese chefs before launching Saké Restaurant & Bar back in 2009.
Overseeing all kitchen operations, Shaun has ensured signature dishes such as Double Kingfish Crunch and Pan Seared Ocean Barramundi have taken pride of place on menu, with sushi and sashimi appearing as a mix of classic and new-style dishes. Flowing with the seasons, the menu utilises the finest-quality produce available and has plenty of options for guests who either want to call in for a quick and healthy meal on the run or like the idea of a long and leisurely lunch on the waterfront.
Along with sensational food and outdoor seating, a standout feature of the venue is Saké Bar, which conveniently adjoins the Hamer Hall foyer and is the perfect spot for pre and post-theatre drinks and bites. Designed as a destination in itself, Saké Bar is open seven days till late and presents a mouth-watering range of sake-based cocktails and a tasty bar menu created by Rose Ang.
As for the restaurant’s interior, guests can expect to enjoy the same distinctive look and relaxed vibe as Sydney and Brisbane, but with a decidedly Melbourne feel. Designed by award-winning Luchetti Krelle – the talented duo behind the restaurant’s two siblings, as well as The Cut Bar & Grill and Momofuko Seiobo in Sydney – Saké Melbourne is set over two levels and features a sushi bar, open-plan kitchen and a variety of seating options. It also boasts three private dining rooms and an alfresco dining area that runs the length of the restaurant, looks directly across the river at the beautiful CBD and seats 50.