Australia is a land girt by sea, but given Melbourne’s proximity to the bay, and the southern ocean, the city is not well-known for seafood restaurants.
That has all changed since the launch of Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar in late 2019.
Pinchy’s is a name you should be familiar with. Often seen at food truck festivals and events around Melbourne, Pinchy’s serves up traditional Maine-style lobster rolls in delicious buttery and crunchy long rolls.
The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Pierre Khodja—formerly of Camus in Northcote—and features an array of seafood delights to complement the popular lobster roll.
Other dishes you can expect are the prawn head roll, calamari stuffed with prawn, and mushroom served with a tarragon dressing, mussels chowder, the salted cod sandwich which is a perfectly upmarket take on the classic dish, and don’t miss the scallop served on a squid ink risotto.
Seafood is sourced from sustainable locations, and the centrepiece lobster served at Pinchy’s is brought in from pollution-free fisheries in Alaska, and Maine—areas known for their amazing lobster.
Pinchy’s interiors were designed by BrandWorks and make you feel comfortable with a blend of soft pinks, orange, and blue throughout the space. The balcony is also the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon or a great spot for after-work drinks.
It would be remiss of us to not mention the drinks list at Pinchy’s, which is extensive. The champagne options are a highlight, and expected really, with Veuve Cliquot, Louis Bouillot on the French side of things, with some local options added for good measure.
There’s also the option to let the bar team guide your way with plenty of gin, and spritz options to choose from.
Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar is open from 11:30am Wednesday to Sunday.
What: Pinchy’s Champagne and Lobster Bar
Where: Level 1, 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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