Little sister and new quasi-neighbour to the iconic Grossi Florentino, Arlechin is the latest Melbourne laneway haunt to add to your list, opening quietly last week off Mornane Place. Here, the Grossi team have crafted a sophisticated destination for eats, drinks, and late-night revelry, all tucked neatly away from the rest of the CBD's hustle and bustle.
Doubling as the group's wine cellar, Arlechin's a suave little bunker, with rows of bottles lining the walls. It's dapper as hell, yet warm and inviting enough to tempt long, lazy visits, and with an air of fun that keeps it all from being too serious.
From the kitchen, a seasonally driven menu has its own cheeky edge, with the likes of a meaty bolognese jaffle, Sloppy Joe, smoked eel parfait, and chilli fried quail making ideal eating at any time of night. Of course, there's also some seriously good drinking to be done here, between the crafty signature cocktails, aperitifs and a wine list that trips through Italy, France and our own backyard.
Hole up here for the evening and see what mischief transpires.
Find Arlechin at Mornane Place, Melbourne. Open seven nights 5pm until late.