Bar Bellamy – 164 Rathdowne St, Carlton
New venues are thrilling – the fruits of onerous work, the potential of what’s to return. They’re much more thrilling once they’re going to be your new native. Rathdowne Road in Carlton/Carlton North is the place I get my espresso, my veggies and my salad sandwiches. And now, it’s going to be the place I get my knockoff martini. Bar Bellamy is the primary foray into venue possession from companions in life and enterprise, Oska and Dani Whitehart. The title comes from the French ‘bel ami’, which means good or expensive buddy, and I’ve little doubt this bar and its employees will turn into that to the entire neighbourhood, and people who come from additional afield.
The pair have impeccable hospitality credentials. Oska has honed his bartending abilities at quality-focused venues Unhealthy Frankie, The Everleigh and Gimlet, whereas Dani’s smiley manner has graced the entrance of home at iconic Melbourne cafes Archie’s All Day, Sibling and Idler. They’re heat and welcoming, an attribute which has been handed on to their venue. “We wish the house to really feel acquainted. As you sit on the bar and look across the room we hope you reminisce about previous holidays, memorable wild nights the place you simply ‘stumbled upon that little bar’ very like this one”.
Intelligent design has helped with this – it’s easy and smooth, however homely and it makes the many of the historic options of the constructing. The seating is a combination of bar stools (each on the bar and within the window to observe the world go by), cosy cubicles and communal tables. Lovely lighting and artwork selections assist to domesticate a really feel that’s quintessentially Melbourne but additionally old-world, as does the skin pavement house which captures the night gentle.
The pair have impeccable hospitality credentials. Oska has honed his bartending abilities at quality-focused venues Unhealthy Frankie, The Everleigh and Gimlet, whereas Dani’s smiley manner has graced the entrance of home at iconic Melbourne cafes Archie’s All Day, Sibling and Idler. They’re heat and welcoming, an attribute which has been handed on to their venue.
The meals leans into the charming European really feel. Chef Barney Cohen (ex Añada and Nómada) is on the pans, making a menu which is able to change weekly to seize one of the best of what’s in season. Coming from Spanish-focused venues, the person is aware of his means round a croquette and the mussel ones at Bar Bellamy are a spotlight – creamy bechamel and chopped mussels scooped again into the shell and crumbed for a decadent deal with. He’ll even be reimagining classics like devilled eggs and hen liver parfait cannoli.
Oska will, after all, be overseeing the bar programme. Constructing on his grounding in classics (anybody who has had the pleasure of sitting at his bar in earlier venues is aware of his skillset on this regard), he plans to include seasonal, do-it-yourself substances for enjoyable twists – assume the ‘Lupini-tini’, olive oil washed gin blended with sake and vermouth and served with brined lupini beans, or a peach Tom Collins when the peaches are tasting their finest. The runaway success from opening night time was the ‘Fig Amer Bière, a butcher of Philter Purple Ale served alongside a nip of fig-infused Picon Amer and a fig aperitif.
“The concept is to have a sip of beer to make some room and eat the fig slice – the recent fig flavour straight off the bat preps you to style the fig and beer collectively. Tip the shot of amer into the beer and away you go!” says Oska. It’s a enjoyable and memorable serve which took me proper again to my college trade days in Strasbourg – nostalgia is one thing they’re aiming for. The again bar is clearly rigorously chosen, as is the wine record. There’s a concentrate on high quality over amount, and fixed menu rotations will hold it recent.
Dani is heading up entrance of home and needs to concentrate on pleasant service and constructing group. This intention will actually come into its personal on Sundays, the one day that they are going to be providing lunch. Bar Bellamy can be internet hosting ‘Sunday’s Set’, that includes rotating DJs, in addition to visitor cooks and bartenders creating round a set menu. They are going to commerce ‘till stumps’ on today – mainly, if people are having fun with themselves then they’ll hold the get together going!
It’s early days but when the opening weekend is something to go by, Bar Bellamy is about to turn into a much-loved characteristic of the Melbourne scene. “Our first weekend was completely wild! We had been packed like sardines on Friday night time and beloved each second of it. Saturday and Sunday we actually bought to see the venue shine and bought to fulfill our pretty neighbours and we really feel like that is what Bar Bellamy is all about,” say the Whiteharts. This neighbour may be very a lot in settlement – see you on the bar.