Melbourne, the foodie capital of Australia, has warmly welcomed a new
show-stopping venue that is truly outstanding. Located on the 40th floor of the opulent Oakwood Premier Melbourne property, Strato Melbourne opened its sky-high venue in July 2022, offering guests a dining and bar experience like no other. Strato Melbourne boasts glamorous furnishings, a decadent restaurant, elegant lounges to enjoy classic wines and cocktails and multiple exclusive V.I.P function spaces. In addition to its extraordinary views reaching far over Port Phillip Bay, across the Yarra River, CBD skyline and beyond, Strato Melbourne provides guests with an
all-encompassed, quintessential Melbournian experience.
Arriving at 202 Normanby Street in Southbank, guests make their way up to Strato Melbourne on the 40th floor via a private entry located in the stunning lobby of Oakwood Premier Melbourne. To the left of the foyer is the main bar lounge, hosting up to 70 people and to the right sits the restaurant. Above both areas sits Level 41, an exclusive dining space dedicated to supporting special occasions, private functions and V.I.Ps who need their own bar and privacy with a view.
The bar area boasts a 16-metre stone bar with an illuminated glass brick frame inside and also has an alfresco terrace, perfect for warmer nights, resembling the famous rooftops in New York City. With 7-metre tall glass windows, guests will enjoy views of the city skyline whilst enjoying appetisers, seasonal cocktails, wines and locally crafted beers.
The restaurant is romantically modern, seating up to 60 guests and has its own private bar made from a stone benchtop and a filtered glass bottom that is subtly lit. Guests can choose between booth or table seating while enjoying incredible views of Port Phillip Bay.
On the north side of the venue, between the bar lounge and the restaurant is an additional V.I.P. private dining room. Guests can choose between tallboy furniture for a stand-up event or request a long table for a sit-down dinner to host their function. Sheer curtain drapes allow guests some privacy during their function, and if not in use, this space opens up more room within the bar area.
“Strato Melbourne is a must for anyone who is looking for an authentic Melbourne dining experience,” says Christian Sujer, General Manager. “Our vision for this venue has been to show off our amazing city in all its glory. You can expect great food, a creative drinks list and a front-row seat to an undeniably spectacular city skyline. Since launching, we have been humbled by the praise from patrons and want everyone and anyone to experience it all.
We’ve built a bucket list venue that’s perfect for people visiting Melbourne, for those celebrating special occasions and also somewhere that’s a go-to for work professionals entertaining clients or clocking off for the day. The food is delicious, our staff are incredible and the venue is exquisite! ”
The food and drinks offered at Strato Melbourne aim to take guests on a journey where casual cuisine is enjoyed in a luxurious environment. The menu is best described as contemporary modern Australian, boasting locally sourced, Victorian ingredients from places like King Island and Mount Zero and native Australian, seasonal produce. The menu will change to reflect the seasonal produce best available at the time, keeping regulars interested and giving international travellers a glimpse into an organic Melbourne culinary experience.
For entrees, guests can enjoy mouth-watering Tasmanian Boomer Bay oysters, Spiced crispy calamari with rocket and lime aioli and Beef Tataki with grilled asparagus. Popular main dishes include the Lemon pepper grilled chicken with spiced romesco & corn salsa, the Beetroot risotto with whipped goat’s cheese and walnuts and an opulent Black opal wagyu striploin.
Complementing the food, Charlie Ainsbury and his team of cocktail evangelists at Proof and Co. have developed a heavenly drinks menu. Blurring the lines between the old world and new world luxury, guests can enjoy classic Negronis and Martinis or venture for something more sweet and refreshing like a Kiwi Fruit Daiquiri or a Moondance which is made up of French vodka, white crème de cacao and smoked passionfruit.
“The pantry at Strato Melbourne is plentiful to say the very least,” said Charlie Ainsbury. “We are exploring things like spices, rare botanicals and grains as well as rare liqueurs and spirits. One of the things we’re most excited about here is our collection of rare and old bottlings. Over time, well-loved spirits have become discontinued and distilleries might have shut up shop or changed the recipe. We’re in the process of sourcing these rare bottlings to feature on our spirits menu at Strato Melbourne.
The wine and beer offered at Strato Melbourne is a natural extension of the restaurant menu offering, boasting a wide array of incredible by-the-glass options and different-sized pours available. Both local and international products are available catering for all tastes.
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