Hot weather: you either hate it or you love it. I love the heat - and the sleepless nights, summer fruits and the tans that come with it. However, my incurable eczema and the unbearable heat do NOT go hand in hand. Tonight I felt extremely edgy by 5pm... annoyed with my itching, stuck in a traffic jam in the CBD and realising that I hadn't eaten anything for the entire day because the weather made me lost my appetite. Giraffe and I finally made it to our destination (about an hour and a half later), and made our way towards the Melbourne Public Bar & Restaurant, where we would be indulging in $1 oysters. The hours of 4pm -7pm were indeed the happiest hours of my day. I was expecting the oysters to be small and not very well cooked. Boy, was I wrong! You are offered three choices - either natural, kilpatrick or tempura. We ordered half a dozen of each. Kilpatrick is usually my favourite in any other restaurant, but tempura takes the cake.
Lemon Lime and Bitters to wash down the oysters.
Next time I will probably get a Corona because apparently they are really good with oysters.
Ermagherddddd this photo is so blurry I didn't even realise how blurry it was on my phone because I was SO HUNGRY I just wanted to dive in. I definitely will be heading back to get more oysters during the happy hour! Natural and tempura is excellent. This is a photo of 18 oysters to signify 18 months of dating the giraffe! I feel so sorry for him (being tied down to me would be a tedious job), but the last couple of months have been so excellent. Thank you for everything bebe.
The flavour was too salty and strong for my liking. Bacon is the bomb diggityyyyy but I think they used too much Worcestershire sauce. My suggestion? Dice the bacon. I couldn't even see my oyster.
Gorgeous environment and setting. Behind the bar are proper table settings for the restaurant diners. We sat on stools that were too high and hurt my back but that's all apart of the gastropub feel. The waiters were super friendly as well which made our experience more pleasant :) I would recommend everyone to come and pay a visit here. There are many more items on the menu, but the oysters were merely an entree for us. It's really not that hard to find as well! It's close to DFO South Wharf - near the Tigerlily / Smiggle entrance. I never realised how many restaurants had opened around the wharf. I love the development, I love the surroundings and creativity of the restaurants and I love that there are more things to try, especially The Sharing House, The Boatbuilder's Yard and Gasolina (which looks like the mechanics in Grease! It's full of pretty bikes and white tiles).
"get shucked" - love it.
After the 18 oysters we had previously ordered, we opted for another 6 of the tempura. This lot (as you can see) had less batter, which meant you could taste more of the oysters.
Melbourne Public Bar / Cafe
Address: 11 Dukes Walk South Wharf VIC 3006
Hours: Open everyday 12pm - 1am for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Price: $1 OYSTERS THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW