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Hazel

From the minds behind Liminal and Common Ground Project comes this after-work go-to for cocktails and clever contemporary bites.
By Libby Curran
January 21, 2020
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By Libby Curran
January 21, 2020
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In 2019, The Mulberry Group (founders and past owners of The Kettle BlackTop Paddock and Higher Ground) gifted Melbourne with four stunning venues: Liminal in the CBD, Geelong's road trip-worthy Common Ground Project, and contemporary inner-city diner Hazel with its late-night basement sibling Dessous.

Hazel graces two levels of the 1920s T&G Building at 164 Flinders Lane, with a kitchen helmed by chefs Brianna Smith (Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple) and Oliver Edwards (The Builders Arms, Cumulus Inc), who are cooking with a woodfired grill and oven both fuelled by Australian-grown ironbark.

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Expect small bites like pig's head croquettes ($7) and whole duck pate en croute with quince mustard ($24), alongside larger plates like the wood-grilled seafood stew ($45) and a wood-roasted pork chop with cumquat ($46). Scotch fillet might be teamed with wakame butter ($58), house-made halloumi is served with fennel pollen ($16) and brussels sprouts are brought to life with preserved lemon cream and hazelnuts ($24). There are myriad things to tempt snackers and feasters alike.

With over 120 bottles, the wine selection has decidedly broad appeal and is backed by a lineup of local brews and an unfussy handful of cocktails. Try the bergamot negroni ($24), a davidson plum-infused spritz ($19) and the Black Forest Milk Punch ($22).

Meanwhile, the light-filled space is also primed for lingering — award-winning interior design firm The Stella Collective has left its mark with a restrained but elegant mix of gentle curves, natural linens and polished floors. And, after you're done with dinner, you can head downstairs to Dessous for a nightcap — it's open until 11pm.

Kate Shanasy

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Updated Friday, September 9, 2022.

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