Don’t get mixed up with the alpine village in Switzerland—St Moritz is a new St Kilda eatery, inspired by the iconic St Moritz Ice Rink.
In the 40s and 50s this was THE place for ice hockey in Melbourne. Sadly the sport didn't exactly go gangbusters Down Under—probably something to do with, you know, the heat—and the old rink closed in 1982, before catching fire and being demolished. Ouch.
St Moritz today pays tribute to that history. It's a bustling all-day Australiana eatery, dishing up eclectic food and some wicked looking cocktails.
The space has a casual feel, spilling out onto the street. Designed for those days when the mercury soars and ocean-side dining is a must. The owners have done a great job mimicking the heritage interior too. Exposed brick all over the place, murals and artwork that reflect a little vintage St Kilda charm, even a big neon ice-skating figure, carving up one of the walls.
St Moritz is what we call 'accessible'. There's a little something here for everybody. The place opens bright and early at 7am, and doesn't slow down until 'late' (which usually means 1am or 2am). The menu has everything you could possibly crave, from a full range of breakfast with pancakes (served with lemon curd and a kicking berry compote), French Toast (topped with strawberries and a pistachio crumb), and millennials' preference to affordable housing—smashed avo. Lunch and dinner kicks through with small share plates, staples such as burgers, schnitzels, tuna steaks, a range of pides with fillings that would make a sandwich-lover cry, as well as a dedicated oyster bar where you can get Bloody Mary oyster shooters, shucked to order.
The Sunday sessions are real here, with over 10 beers on tap. Think Furphy, Kosciuszko, White Rabbit, and James Squire to really please the masses, plus a couple classics like Heineken, Corona, and Hahn super dry to please the non crafties. Pair a couple of refreshing ales with some tasting plates and you’ve got yourself one fine time.
Image credit: Burgers of Melbourne