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The Bank on Collins has to be one of Melbourne’s most spectacular buildings for a bite to eat. From the minute you walk in you absorb the beauty and history of the place, which was built as the Bank of Australasia back in the 1800s and is now a heritage site. The high ceilings donned with stunning chandeliers, along with the velvet suede couches and the vintage artwork all add to the unique and exciting atmosphere. The golden detailing represents the time of the gold rush where this building played an integral part. The staff here are also dressed in 1800s attire.
One of the most captivating parts of the decor are the preserved tellers and enquiries desks from when the building was an ANZ bank up until 1974 – it’s a little bit surreal to imagine the atmosphere back in that time.
The building is colossal and encompasses several different dining spaces including private booths and café-style tables, as well as a mezzanine level. With the capacity to hold 700 people, it’s the ideal location for functions and corporate events with luxury at an affordable price. It also has one of the grandest bars you will ever set your eyes upon, laced with plenty of beer and wine taps to keep every thirst quenched.
Up until six months ago the building was primarily hotel accommodation but with the opening of The Bank on Collins in October, it’s fast becoming the place to eat and drink as crowds in suits and ties pile in for one of their daily lunch specials.
One of the most popular options on the menu is the quinoa, halloumi, black rice and roasted vegetable salad (pictured below). It’s gluten-free and vegetarian (and can also be made vegan), and is only $20 with a schooner of beer or glass of wine. The portion sizes are substantial, too, so you’ll definitely be satisfied.
The Bank on Collins is also very kid friendly with some great options including fish and chips, a cheeseburger slider or mac and cheese. They all come with a drink and a scoop of ice cream, all for only $9.
Aside from their fabulous lunch options, the Bank on Collins serves dinner as well as a recently introduced breakfast menu. They also have a generous range of cocktails and with happy hour from 5-7pm every day.
By Sarah Lamont
Bank on Collins
t: (03) 9825 8990
a: 394 Collins St, Melbourne