Possibly the majority of people who live in Melbourne have never ventured into the area of Southwharf. To the west of Southbank and still on the south side of the river, Southwharf used to house grotty warehouses and disused docks. In recent years, these have been transformed into trendy eating places and function venues.
If you wander along the boardwalk past the Melbourne Convention Centre, you end up at Dukes Walk, with Melbourne Public Restaurant and Bar. The bar area is to the front, with the more formal dining area up a couple of stairs. Bar meals are cheap, but restaurant meals are also very good value. We all enjoyed our various choices, and found the meals generous in size and of excellent quality.
To start, we shared the charcuterie platter. It was most impressive and would do as a main course, really. I ate the duck breast, prepared Asian style in a light broth for my main. The meat was tender and the flavours quite wonderful.
On our second visit we shared the dessert taster plate. Yummy, and good value at $16.50 for two. Wines are not cheap, but the house wines are affordable and pretty good.
As an alternative to eating places along Southbank, Melbourne Public is well worth the short walk to Southwharf. Try it! I'm sure you'll enjoy the food.
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