Stokehouse Pasta & Bar

A breezy all-day spot for Mediterranean eats and beachside spritzes, in an iconic St Kilda site.
Libby Curran
Published on July 01, 2023
Updated on August 16, 2023


A fresh incarnation of the former Pontoon site and casual sibling to Stokehouse above, this laidback, all-day spot is a go-to for Mediterranean eats and beachside sips. Hugh and Pete van Haandel (sons of Stokehouse precinct owner Frank van Haandel) are steering the venue's latest guise, built around a pasta-heavy food offering that fuses European flavours with Aussie flair.

Breezy coastal-inspired interiors and timber finishes are played against the backdrop of sand and sea, and there's been a strong focus on sustainability, both throughout the build and driving the ongoing offering.

olives and oysters at Stokehouse Pasta & Bar - home to some of the best past in Melbourne

Food at Stokehouse Pasta & Bar bears similar DNA to the restaurant upstairs, yet with a much more casual lean. It's especially primed for seaside snacking sessions, with the likes of white anchovy and olive gildas, king prawns with nduja, bolognese arancini, and a mixed salumi plate. Move into pasta territory for plates like ricotta gnudi with pumpkin, a crab and chilli spaghetti, and cannelloni with broccoli ricotta and tomato; or dive into mains like the classic fish and chips, or a veal schnitty.

Hefty, group-friendly shared options include a 600-gram whole Murray cod with peperonata, and a giant rib-eye paired with gremolata. And star Group Pastry Chef Ash Smith is putting on a show for dessert, with the likes of cannoli with lemon, ricotta and pistachio, and a house tiramisu.

a plate of pasta at Stokehouse Pasta & Bar

Also out to save you some coin is Stokehouse Pasta & Bar's wine list, where the lineup trips from Australia to Europe, with pours to suit palates both simple and adventurous; while cocktails span from the classics to signature offerings like the Stokehouse Spritz — a delicate blend of Amaro, orange, white peach and jasmine soda.

The dining room at Stokehouse Pasta & Bar

a whole baked fish on a plate from Stokehouse Pasta & Bar

Images: Interiors by Tom Blachford, Food and Drink by Arianna Leggiero.


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