Whenever I hear the word Uncle, my mind is immediately cast to Uncle Leo from Seinfeld, Jerry's loud-mouthed, name dropping Uncle he tries desperately to avoid.
Maybe you think of Uncle Sam? Uncle Mike? That guy who serves you at the newsagent when you pick up your CLEO who insists you refer to him as your 'uncle'?
Well, whatever you're thinking of, get ready to add to that list as Uncle is a slick new rooftop bar and restaurant that will soon be dishing out stellar Vietnamese in the heart of St Kilda.
Uncle St Kilda is the brain-child of a few big players in the hospitality industry and already looks set up to be a slam dunk for the somewhat restaurant-starved district. They've pounced on the old head chef from Dandelion, Dai Duong, so we can expect a menu full of iconic Vietnamese dishes with that added novelty of fine dining flair, perfect for some long lazy lunches and boozy dinners. Bowen Holden (of Brother Baba Budan and Patricia) will be rocking the espresso machine, so locals will have a new takeaway coffee destination. To top it all off, Foolscap Studio are in charge of the design and fitout - think a big, rooftop bar lined with lanterns and tropical fronds, a modern dining room downstairs for a more formal experience, and a long bar in the middle for sipping cocktails and noshing on banh mi.
To gear up for launch day, the space was until recently taken over by local multimedia artist Keith Deverell, who filmed a series of observations detailing the making of Vietnamese dishes that will be served in the restaurant. A unique idea to get hungry punters craving some pho and rice paper rolls come late September when the doors open.
So call your uncle, and bring your uncle, to Uncle. Late September.
Image Credits: Uncle Facebook