Headed up by Nomad executive chef, Jacqueline Challinor and current Nomad Melbourne head chef, Brendan Katich, the venue will follow suit to its sister venues with a large open-fire grill anchoring the kitchen.
This combination of flame and charcoal will imbue a slew of modern takes on French classics from dry-aged O’Connor rib eye with a bordelaise to whole fish with sauce verte, and calamari from Lakes Entrance that's grilled and served up with cafe de Paris butter—there'll also be a roaming cheese trolley to add to the theatrics.
“Whether it's walking in for snacks and Champagne at the bar; a cosy booth for a three-course meal; or a table full of plates to share; we would like our guests to create an experience that suits the way they want to eat,” says Challinor.
Housed in the heritage-listed building from 1891, the Nomad team has worked tirelessly for two years to establish Reine & La Rue without impeding the authentic architecture set within.
Positioned to accommodate up to 150 diners inside the intricately ornate 19th-century dining room, the entire building reflects the opulence of its former life, adorned with a mosaic marble floor, towering pillars, and stained glass windows, it's one of Melbourne's most stunning spaces.
“The room has been derelict for over 20 years and only recently restored...this space has not had the chance to be appreciated at all and this is what we are most excited about with the insertion of our dining room," says Rebecca Yazbek of Nomad Group.
Reine & La Rue is opening on Tuesday 1 August, head over here to book in.
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Image credit: Reine & La Rue (supplied)