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The Atlantic

An exceptional seafood restaurant along Melbourne's Yarra River.
By Gary Brun
July 01, 2023
By Gary Brun
July 01, 2023

Inspired by the grand old brasseries of New York's Meat Packing District, the Atlantic, located within Crown, oozes sophistication, class, and excellent dining. With a stylish interior, decked out with artistic flourishes, dim lighting and old world furniture, it's the kind of place to come for a special occasion or an important lunch.

There are over 300 seats here and yet it always books out. Thankfully, with an 80-seat oyster bar and another cocktail bar downstairs, they'll always find a way to squeeze you in. Just make sure you wear the right shoes.

The Atlantic dining room menu has a philosophy of ocean to plate and everything here is sourced in a sustainable fashion. From the starters, enjoy a Milawa duck and smoke paprika croquette served with aged manchego cheese and fermented romesco, or the Yurrita anchovy and chicken liver toast. If there's just two of you, the cold or hot seafood platters make an excellent choice and come loaded with delights such as Moreton Bay bugs, Cloudy Bay diamond clams, king prawns and Pacific oysters.

A selection of dishes on the table at The Atlantic in Melbourne

Speaking of oysters, the Oyster Bar & Grill is modelled on New York's Grand Central Station's Oyster Bar has an unparalleled selection of Australian oysters. It also features caviar bumps with Herradura tequila, Hoya anchovies, Mooloolaba prawn rolls and fried calamari.

Back in the dining room, mains include a 1000 Guineas eye fillet, a wood fired baby chicken, Western Australian crayfish at market price and a wild mushroom risotto with celeriac and black truffle. Luxury ingredients are clearly scattered throughout the entire menu.

When it comes down to wine, let the expert team of sommeliers guide you through their extensive list, that has a heavy focus on local Australian producers. Dessert-wise, dig into a 'Snickers Bar' parfait with roasted peanuts and salted caramel and call it a day. This sweet treat is next-level indulgent. And goes down well with a fine dessert wine from the Atlantic cellar.

Food dishes placed on a set table in the outdoor dining space of The Atlantic Restaurant in Melbourne.

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