Victoria's capital is by no means short of incredible wine bars and hole-in-wall gems, but that's not to say we don't get excited by the prospect of a new culinary destination. Especially when said establishment comes with 21 years of restaurant experience from its owner. Helmed by Rochmond locals Martin Pirc (of Little Bourke Street's Punch Lane fame) and head chef Daniel Schelbert, Saint.Urban's blend of gastronomy and Art Deco finishes is just the kind of European-style joint that's on the fast track to become a favourite local haunt.
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Designing a menu of classic dishes just made for sharing over a glass of pinot grigio, head chef Daniel Schelbert offers fresh seafood like oysters and king prawns, prized charcuterie cut Culatello, plus mouth-watering creations like sheep's haloumi with peppered wild figs. And that's just the starters. With five main options, four classic desserts (albeit made with a clever twist) and an expertly curated wine list, the venue clearly lives up to its namesake, Saint Urban - the French bishop was famed for evading religious persecutors in the 4th century by hiding in vineyards. Go figure.
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With reasonably priced dishes, open- air and indoor dining options, Saint.Urban is designed to be the kind of joint where you drop in a quick glass of vino and end up staying for dessert. It's open Tuesday to Thursday from 3pm to late and Friday to Sunday from 11am to late.
313 Swan Street, Richmond, sainturban.com.au