The Stokehouse @ St Kilda, Melbourne

During our time in Melbourne, some colleagues and I decided to have a girlie dinner out to unwind and found ourselves strolling down St Kilda. One of them had never seen St Kilda beach before, so we popped into the nearby Stokehouse.

Warm Australian olives. AUD$9

The warm Australian olives arrived a little warmer than expected – suitable when the weather’s chillier and dining outside. The olives were plump and juicy, perfect for nibbling as the conversation flows.

Victorian buffalo mozzarella, radicchio, aged balsamic. AUD$14

The Victorian buffalo mozzarella is gorgeously fresh and is not drowning in the aged balsamic – a chef with a light touch is always appreciated.

Crisp skin ocean trout fillet. AUD$22

We were advised any fish main, including crisp skin ocean trout fillet would come pretty much on its own, so ordering sides separately would be advisable.

Risotto, blue swimmer crab, basil, lemon AUD$24

I opted for the blue swimmer crab risotto, which arrived on one of the largest shallow plates I’d ever seen. Unfortunately the risotto was much too salty for my palate and made it almost impossible to enjoy the crab.

Local black mussels with garlic, chilli and fresh tomato cream. AUD$21

Our other colleague had the day’s special – local black mussels with garlic, chilli and fresh tomato cream. She was slurping it up and really enjoying herself, so I think it’s safe to say this one was a winner.

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