Wherever chef Ashley Davis goes, we’re sure to follow. The owner of Seddon’s Copper Pot has just unleashed his new project: a market-fresh, pan-European bistro on Gertrude St, decked out in blues, creams and flashes of cold stone.
Messer, it turns out, is classy AF.
Like The Copper Pot, Davis is drawing pretty heavily on the Euro flavours. Unlike the Seddon stalwart though, Messer has a big focus on the marketplace. It’s fine dining made accessible, building on simple locally-sourced produce, the kind of stuff you might find in Paris’ Marché Biologique des Batignolles or Barca’s La Boqueria.
It’s flexible too. You can swing by for a cheeky a la carte lunch (maybe poached chicken with herbs and pomegranate, or salt-baked beetroots spiked with dill and topped with trout roe), or you can sit down for the full-on 8-course degustation. It’s all up to your stomach (and your wallet).
Speaking of, the prices here are very reasonable. A two-course lunch will set you back $35 (you can snag an extra course for $4 more). That’s a snip considering the quality of the ingredients and the level of execution. You’re pretty much getting Euro fine dining for bistro prices.
Wiremu Andrews from South Melbourne’s old Smalls Bar is handling the wine list (and a creative little list it is), while Copper Pot co-owner and head chef Sascha Rust will soon be joining the Messer team full-time.
Personally we reckon the best time for Messer is late arvo. It’s the perfect sundowner tapas venue—smoked trout sandwiches, wood-fired flatbread, good wine, and a Gertrude St-worth of people to watch. Bliss.
Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis