Introducing Prahran’s newest foodie collaboration: Neptune. God of the sea, and (we guess) god of the seafood too. Prahran might be 4km from the nearest body of water, but who cares? The CBD isn’t exactly Peru, but that didn’t stop Pastuso from blowing our minds with a well-mixed Pisco Sour. With this much foodie knowledge at the helm, you just know it’s going to deliver the goods.
Neptune is a two-level seafood and Italian restaurant with a split personality: a casual eatery by day, perfect for a relaxed, mid-afternoon bite, but also an upstairs cocktail saloon with mood lighting, tunes and a whisky locker. That’s a pretty slick combo right there, and with such a strong Melbourne pedigree, Neptune looks set to make a name for itself on High St’s buzzing Friday night food scene.
The menu is seafood heavy, as you might have guessed, with bar snacks like fritti misto (kind of Italian tempura), sage anchovy fritters and fried mussels up for grabs. If you’re after something more substantial, try the market fish baked en papillote, or the aglio e olio anchovy spaghetti. Both are excellent. And vegos, don’t fear—there’s a few options on the menu that didn’t swim into a net.
Drinks-wise, the cocktail list is tight, and the wine menu well-stocked. And if you sip something you like, just let your waiter know: bottles from the cellar are available for purchase. Nice touch, that.
Image credit: Neptune