UPDATE JULY 27, 2018: Because you like cheap booze and Ryne is all about giving you what you want, the restaurant has just started running a new happy hour. It'll be serving up a whole heap of really affordable drinks, including $6 mulled wine, $10 espresso martinis, $6 Coopers Pale Ales and Peroni Reds and $8 wine. The best part? It runs from the very respectable time of 6–8pm, Wednesday to Saturday, and on Sundays it goes for four whole hours — from 3pm–7pm. Find more info here.
Few of today's new restaurants boast the same kind of pedigree as Fitzroy North's establishment, Ryne. Making its home within a smart, 60-seat space on St George's Road, the fine diner is Donovan Cooke's latest venture, the trailblazing chef behind such culinary greats like Est Est Est and seafood-focused Crown restaurant The Atlantic. He's joined forces with long-time colleague and friend Alex Law (The Atlantic, The Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club) to deliver a contemporary take on classic French fare.
Named for an Anglo-Saxon word referring to a course that's continuously moving forwards, Ryne offers Cooke the chance to return to his favourite kind of work, crafting honest yet refined dishes within an intimate setting.
Open only for dinner, Ryne keeps the decision-making to a minimum, offering simply a two-course ($65), three-course ($80) and seven-course ($150) tasting menu. The starting lineup is one big celebration of spring, featuring plates like smoked rainbow trout with dashi-infused daikon and horseradish, and marron scented with orange and teamed with a pea pannacotta.
Meanwhile, the wine list is geared towards small producers, pulling together a thoughtful mix of international and local gems.