Fun and food with friends on Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane is quintessentially Melbourne: what might first appear like a quiet, unassuming CBD lane, is in fact home to some of the best bars and eateries in Australia with an eclectic mix of styles and cultures that serve as a celebration of Melbourne’s multiculturalism. It’s entirely fitting then that it’s here where you will find The Mill House, a South American-influenced bar with a sophisticated food offering coupled with an atmosphere that manages to feel upbeat and easygoing at the same time. Classy yet unpretentious, The Mill House is the perfect venue for after-work drinks or a get-together with a group of friends.
Leaving the buzz of Flinders Lane behind and heading down the stairs into the trendy industrial-style main bar area you immediately sense the vibe. When I arrived a live DJ was playing uplifting beats at a volume fitting for the early evening time, later on things warm up a bit, but for now the music provided the perfect background to our dining experience.
It started with a bang, opting to go straight in for the Spicy Pedro cocktail. A variation of Brazil’s famous Caipirinha with a Mill House twist of infused chilli, not for the faint hearted but an absolute must for anybody who shares my love for all things spicy. In keeping with the general atmosphere, the menu is designed for sharing and is ideal for a small group who want to eat modern, good-quality food without the formal restaurant atmosphere. I enjoyed a great selection of dishes but a special mention must be made of the chargrilled octopus with hummus, pickled onions and red cabbage purée. Wow, this really is a must from the menu, even for those who would not usually opt for octopus. The meat was tender, not chewy at all, and the char finish balances perfectly with the delicate flavours of the purée and slight sweetness from the pickled onions. Another favourite was the Wagyu beef brisket – cooked exquisitely, it melts in your mouth as you might expect, but for me it was the green chilli and chimichurri that made this dish so special. If you’re after something more causal, the tasting board is also a great option.
The Mill House is a venue where you go for more than just a beer and a quick bite to eat, something highlighted by the interesting cocktail selection, most of which you almost certainly will have never heard of before – Anybody for a Hennessy Snoop Grog? Likewise, the Moonshine menu is a great point of difference from your usual drinks options, something I can’t wait to go back and sample soon.
by Crystal Patel
The Mill House
t: +61 3 9662 4002
a: 277–279 Flinders Lane Melbourne, Victoria