Photography by Greta Richmond
A cosy laneway gem.
Walking down the quaint and collage-dressed walls of Liverpool Street in the CBD, you’ll notice Punch Lane perched on the corner between laneways. The voices of Carol King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simons float gently through the air as you walk into the burgundy wooden-walled spot.
Punch Lane is dressed to impress, with an almost ceiling-to-floor blackboard boasting an extensive range of fine cheeses and wine. The decor and earthy music endow the place with an ambience of casual decadence, giving an immediate indication that they are specialists in fine cuisine. Punch Lane caters for the diner who loves to explore their palate. The menu doesn’t disappoint, with a selection of dishes that are classically Australian in nature, albeit spliced with fusions that reflect the diversity of Melbourne culture. For starters and entrees, enjoy wallaby accompanied by smoked mussels, in-house made crackers, a vibrant beetroot salad and halloumi grilled to utmost perfection.
Mains follow and impress; a rump of Flinders Island lamb served on a pea puree with perky buttered peas and sweet flowers lend a nod towards the classic Australian roast. However, it’s restructured with contemporary, bold flavours. The miso barramundi stands alone as a star dish, fashioning Japanese flavours with a sesame snow and seaweed succulents. This dish in particularly represents the unique, signature Punch Lane touch. The talents of the chefs here do not go unnoticed.
Room for more is always an option at Punch Lane. Enjoying a glass of wine paired with a selection of their finest cheeses is an absolute must. The Drunken Buffalo, Rocchetta and Golden Roemer with in-house made plum jam, crackers, walnuts and a sliced pear is just one example of the exceptional cheese platters on offer. If you can only select one dessert option however, the crème de la crème of the dining experience is by far Punch Lane’s signature dessert. Encapsulating their ability to embody the classic flavours of Australia with contemporary innovation, it’s described simply as a deconstructed lamington. The flavour perfection of our nation’s most famous sponge is presented here with pure style.
Punch Lane boasts delicate flavours, which are also at most times surprising, creating an impression never to be forgotten. A perfect place to dine with the one you love or to make a fine impression on your family and friends, this menu will delight anyone who enjoys excellence on their plate.