The first venue to open inside the newly renovated Shell House is a stunning bistro with a daily martini and lobster roll special.
Much-hyped multi-space venue Shell House has opened its doors with the first of its four bars and eateries, Menzies Bar. Named after the former occupancy of the building, the Menzies Hotel, the luxe bar and eatery serves a bistro-style menu curated by The Point Group executive chef Joel Bickford and his team.
The ground-level space that houses The Menzies Bar has been restored and renovated with the help of interior stylist Anna Hewett and Woods Bagot Architects. The bar and restaurant have been given a stunning makeover with warm bronze and gold marble complimenting a leather fit-out featuring a blackened steel bar, overhead bar hamper storing more than 1000 bottles of spirits and a marble fireplace.
The Menzies Bar is open Monday–Saturday from midday until 2am with offerings ideal for lunch, dinner or a snack while you enjoy a drink. Small plates include spanner crab benedict on potato crumpets ($18), smoked eggplant and parmesan polpette ($12), chicken liver eclairs ($16) and yellowfish tuna with capers and a boiled egg ($22). When it comes to larger dishes, you'll find the likes of vongole and fermented chilli linguini ($26) and spiced fried kingfish collar alongside bistro classics like a wagyu beef burger ($26) and 400-gram boneless rib eye served with lemon and olive oil ($60).
A vibrant selection of cocktails (all $22) are also on hand. The In-Cider Trading features scotch, coffee, fig, cider caramel and smoked honey; while The Dolphin's Sicilian Margarita has made its way to the new venue, combining tequila with limoncello, Sichuan, and fresh lemon. And, if you're looking for an after-work drink, the bar will host Martini Hour Monday–Saturday between 4–6pm where the classic cocktail stirred through shards of countertop ice will be served alongside fresh lobster rolls for $10 apiece.