Fo0die dined as a guest of Breslin Bar and Grill and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
For this particular visit, we were there to try out the venue’s beef wellington which is the perfect winter warmer. The team are very proud of their offering which they believe is hard to find in Melbourne and Southbank specifically.
The venue is situated on Southbank boulevard, diagonally across from Flinders Street station, making it quite a convenient venue to get to if you are catching public transport.
Walking into the venue, we walked straight into their large undercover outdoor seating area which has electric heating on the ceiling. This area overlooks the bridge and Yarra river; perfect seat to watch people walk by or have people watch you enjoying your food!
Inside the venue is a bar with more indoor seating and some bar height tables around the right side of the venue.
The food menu is separated into a few sections, starters/shared entrees, mains, ribs and burgers, steaks and sides. A separate drinks menu has the usual wine, beer, cocktails, shots, non-alcoholic and tea and coffee.
Given the venue is a ‘bar and grill’, we naturally had to order some drinks to start our meal. A gin and tonic and Japanese slipper signature cocktail (recommended by the team there).
From the starters/shared entrees, the sticky pork belly, spiced calamari and Portuguese chicken skewer are their most popular entrees.
With this newfound knowledge, it meant we had to try one of the popular entrees to try it for ourselves. We opted for the Portuguese chicken skewer which is served with a Breslin hot sauce (the team makes this in-house). The plate arrived with two decent sized skewers for entree and quite a decent kick to it without being too over the top. The chicken was grilled perfectly giving it that grilled flavour yet was still moist.
For our mains we chose the half rack pork ribs and of course the beef wellington. We started with the pork ribs which came served on a board with a cabbage salad and a bowl of thick-cut chips. The ribs were tender and meat easily came off the bones. The ribs were covered in a generous amount of barbecue sauce and balanced off nicely with the lightly dressed cabbage salad.
Now for the main that we were really here for, Breslin’s signature beef wellington. For those unfamiliar with the beef wellington, it’s a beef fillet wrapped in buttery pastry and is perfect for winter. Now we have only had one other beef wellington to date and what made this one different was the layer of spinach. This addition actually helped cut through the richness of the meat and pastry. The truffle flavour was present but not over the top and very well balanced. The eye fillet was tender, cooked to medium. The pastry had a nice crisp to it, especially at the base. And finally the mash and red jus which was served on the side; the mash was silky smooth and the red jus had a slight thickness to it which was subtle against the flavours of the dish.
Not pictured was a side of broccolini which was fresh, cooked perfectly and paired with a very appetising sesame and peanut sauce.
We were excited by the sound of their desserts and similar to the entrees and mains, we were not disappointed. The lemongrass creme brûlée had a perfect brûlée top with a subtle lemongrass flavour served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The mud cake was not too overly sweet but rich and if you are a chocolate lover, you will definitely love this dish. The ‘mud cake’ had a brownie texture to it and was paired with a creamy mousse, espresso parfait which helped cut through the richness.
The venue is perfect as a casual dining option which is not too overly expensive but still delivers quality dishes which are nicely plated. And being a bar as well, it is a good option for catching up with friends, family or a loved one.
Dishes that make up this review
- Portuguese chicken skewers; Breslin hot sauce ($16)
- Pork ribs served with cabbage salad & thick cut chips ($37 for half rack)
- Breslin’s signature beef wellington; mushroom and truffle duxelle, tarragon mash, red wine jus ($49)
- Steamed broccolini; sesame and soy dressing, peanut crumbs ($13)
- Lemongrass creme brûlée ($16)
- Mud cake with espresso parfait, chocolate mousse and candied hazelnuts ($17)