THE GRASS IS GREENER AT PARK STREET

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After a refit that began in mid-August, the cafe formerly known as Green Park is now Park Street with a new look and (some) new owners. An all-day cafe remains, accommodating locals and families with breakfast and lunch menus. A change of focus in the evening brings a refreshed menu built around changing cicchetti (similar to tapas) and pastas.

 

Longtime co-owner and chef, Jesse Gerner has brought partners from his other businesses, chef Russell Hall (Añada), chef Andrew Fisk (Bomba, Samuel Pepys), Kelly O’Loghlen (Bomba, Samuel Pepys), and Shane Barrett (Bomba, Samuel Pepys, Nómada) into the fold in Carlton North.

 

Utilising Park Street’s kitchen garden and a solid stable of local suppliers, Hall, Fisk and Gerner have designed breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that are built to feed and maintain the strong local and family audience who love this location.

 

The lighter, brighter space has been fitted by builder Donald Russell with the interior designed by Vanessa Gerner. There’s an open kitchen, communal tables and a more flexible events offering.

 

Breakfast and lunch menus include dishes like a waffle filled with PX-braised beef cheek and cavolo nero or suckling pig roll with kale slaw alongside house-cured bacon, eggs, granolas and sides.

 

Park Street has shifted its dinner focus to introduce an Italian-influenced menu five nights a week. Think cicchetti – wood-grilled sardines wrapped in pancetta, poached veal crostini, oysters, charcuterie – and a changing selection of hand-made pastas, perhaps braised duck rotolo with wood-grilled radicchio or prawn agnolotti with shellfish bisque. Main courses include roasted barramundi fillet with braised clams, and wood-grilled O’Connor flank steak with salsa verde.

 

The team are pleased to welcome sommelier Vicki Brewer into the fold, working alongside co-owner Shane Barrett to create a Mediterranean-focused wine list. Brewer has worked at various venues in Melbourne, including Woodland House in Prahran and Smalls Wine Bar in South Melbourne. Brewer says, “The Park Street wine list will have interesting and well-crafted wines from Italy, Southern France, Greece and Croatia, and the by-the-glass program will feature innovative, small-scale wineries, as well as delicious, classic producers and varietals.”

 

Keep an eye on the growth of Park Street events. The space has been opened up to be more amenable to large group functions. Groups of over 24 guests can have their own private dining options in evenings and there’s room for weddings or private parties for up to 120 guests.

 

Park Street will continue the Green Park tradition of serving Capital Coffee Roasters blends, and baking in-house pastries and breads daily. Park Street also remains committed to supporting various environmental causes within and around the local community, including their well-established composting and recycling program.

 

Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

 

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