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33 Russell Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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The Details

  • European
Need to Know
  • Set Menu
  • Great for Dates
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
In the mood for
  • Cocktails
  • Wine
Need to know
  • Bar Snacks
  • Full Food Menu
  • Function Space

The inside of Gimlet Melbourne lit up at night with people dining.

The Verdict

The crown jewel of Andrew McConnell's Trader House empire (Cumulus Inc. Cutler & Co, Supernormal), Gimlet At Cavendish house is an absolute culinary marvel. 

The fine diner channels the glamour of early 20th-century European and American bistros with an opulent brasserie-type feel throughout the cocktail bar and dining room. 

Opening back in 2020, Gimlet has well-established clout not only operating as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne; but also achieving global recognition— taking out the 84th spot in the 2022 World's Best Restaurants Awards. 

Inside there's a multi-level dining area with booth seating and a full wrap-around bar the entire space is as much as an experience as the food; chandeliers hang from above and cathedral glass dividers provide privacy from table to table.

Aesthetics aside, it's the Gimlet menu that'll provide a forever-lasting imprint, both in its decadence, but also its brilliant simplicity. Under the guidance of head chef Colin Mainds, the menu is concise, and although rooted in European-centric cuisine still offers a refreshingly unique mix of contemporary takes on staples like oysters with seaweed butter, a full caviar selection or a plate of Pipe Rigate with a powerful zesty mix of blue swimmer crab, chilli, fennel and crème fraîche.

Inside the kitchen, a wood-fired oven imbues an irresistible smokey flavour to several of the larger plates. Now synonymous with Gimlet in Melbourne are both the 1/2 Southern Rocklobster which is roasted in a rich saffron rice and served alongside a thick rouille sauce and the T-Bone steak which is grilled over the coals and accompanied with fries and house-made condiments. 

Also adding to the popularity and mystique of Gimlet is its Supper Menu, foremostly its cheeseburger which has achieved somewhat of a cult status in Melbourne; only available post 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays its become one of the most sought-after dishes in town. 

Bar Manager Cam Parish has crafted a collection of drinks from the namesake Gimlet cocktail, a citrusy and powerful hit of gin, to the Cavendish House Martini which has the loose feel of a Negroni with gin, vermouth and orange bitters. 

Image credit: Jo McGann