Much-Loved Carlton Restaurant The Town Mouse Is Closing Permanently

The Carlton restaurant will count down its final weeks with a special four-course set menu and a clear-out of its cellar.
Libby Curran
Published on January 24, 2018

It helped kick-start Carlton's culinary new age, made veggies sexy with its regularly Instagrammed roast cauliflower dish and scooped up a swag of accolades for its efforts. But now, it's time for Carlton's The Town Mouse to stage its final performance, with the owners announcing that, after almost five years, they're selling their Drummond Street eatery and shutting the doors for the final time this March.

Of course, this internationally acclaimed restaurant isn't going out without a proper send-off. As a last hurrah, the kitchen's putting its regular food offering to bed and plating up a special four-course set menu to see out the final six weeks.

Available from February 1, alongside a limited a la carte offering, this final menu's a celebration of Dave Verheul's signature Town Mouse flair, featuring a mix of old favourites and clever new creations. It'll be on offer (with or without a sweet course) for dinners Thursday through Monday, while Sunday lunches will feature a separate $50 three-course menu, including dessert.

As the Town Mouse cellar is given a final clear-out, diners can choose to match those eats to some great wines at very tidy prices, though BYO will also be available at all sittings. Keep an eye out too, for cameo appearances from a lineup of past team members and guest chefs.

We're sad to see the restaurant go — especially as Nora, also in Carlton, has just closed its doors permanently. If you don't want to part with Dave Verheul's food, you don't have to — the team's CBD bar Embla is still operating as usual on Russell Street.

The Town Mouse's send-off menu will be on offer from February 1 until the first or second week of March. It's priced at $68 (without dessert) or $75 (with dessert) per person for dinner, and $50 per person for Sunday lunch. Find the restaurant at 312 Drummond Street, Carlton and book at

Published on January 24, 2018 by Libby Curran
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