Having just celebrated her first birthday, The Dutchess is definitely on to a winner
It’s the perfect date place. It’s also an ideal spot for a client meeting. Or a girls’ dinner. And, well – it’s basically awesome for most things really.
With high-spec decor and booth-style seating, the dining space is both stylish and oh-so comfy – a rare combo. And from its Flinders Street location, this Manhattan-inspired spot offers some pretty excellent views of the city, too, in particular at night.
But it’s not all about the decor – the food has been getting a serious rap around the traps. The menus have been designed by Justin Wise, who hails from The Point and Eureka 89 fame (among numerous other impressive CV listings), so expect on-point flavours, beautiful presentation, and an exciting mixture of international cuisines.
Although primarily a restaurant, The Dutchess is also known for being a great late-night dining spot for those who want the liquid aspect of their meal to extend beyond a glass of wine or two. The cocktails on offer span both the creative and the usual suspects. And there’s an impressive selection of sophisticated spirits proudly displayed on the bar shelves. Of course there’s a well-thought-out wine list to match.
But to be a great drinking spot (as well a fantastic dining venue) shouldn’t be totally unexpected. After all, The Dutchess is perched atop The Duke of Wellington, which FYI is the oldest pub in Melbourne. No biggie.