Ms Parker Restaurant
The Motley's newly opened all-day diner comes complete with a thoughtful but unpretentious menu, including a reimagined Dagwood dog spiced with 'nduja and pickled mustard seeds.
May 15, 2023
It can be tricky to do something truly new in Melbourne's packed dining scene, but recently opened Ms Parker in The Motley is well on their way to achieving just that. Nestled on the ground floor of the bold and eclectic Motley Hotel, the menu celebrates seasonality and locally-sourced produce, taking cues from chef Steve Harry's rich and diverse culinary experience.
Earlybirds can tuck into the likes of wattleseed sourdough, 'nduja shakshuka with dukkah, and even a brekkie pavlova paired with coconut sorbet. But while Ms Parker serves up coffee and excellent cafe fare by day, it's the transition into a clever yet unpretentious diner in the evening where the menu really shines.
Guests will spot a healthy dose of Australian nostalgia, from a kangaroo tartare on top a vegemite cracker and a reimagined Dagwood dog, spiced with 'nduja and pickled mustard seeds. Diver deeper into the menu to indulge on plates that might touch on Harry's experience in Japanese kitchens, nod to his Northern African heritage or showcase traditional French technique.
Bone marrow is elevated with a miso brûlée and fermented daikon, while rainbow trout is done up with roe and a beurre blanc. Grilled tiger prawns are tossed through tamarind and curry leaf, while duck liver parfait profiteroles showcase the team's creativity and culinary flare.
Pavlova makes another welcomed appearance in the dessert section, and a small but curated menu of wines, cocktails and local beers are available throughout the day.
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