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Church Street Enoteca

527 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel : +61 3 9428 7898
Fax : +61 3 9427 1288
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Chef: Sebastian McQuarrie
Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Awarded One Chef Hat -The Age Good Food Guide 2009-2014
This art deco inspired restaurant in Richmond offers a memorable dining experience. The classic Italian menu gets a modern Australian interpretation thanks to the use of fine regional produce while the wine list offers an extensive, international selection. Despite its reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest restaurants, the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.

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Richmond, ten minutes from the CBD.

Church St Enoteca is an understated venue located on one of Richmond’s well established business precincts. Surrounded by historical buildings Church St Enoteca was originally a metal works, established in the early 1900’s with many original features still remaining.

“We should live to eat, not eat to live!! – Italian food proverb.
Italian food is essentially seasonal, food is localised, and the distance travelled from pasture or vine to plate or glass is never far. Our philosophy at Church St Enoteca is to respect this and attempt to maintain a strict adhererence to this ideal - however as everyone knows, nothing in Italian food is set in stone!! So you may find a little something from afar on your plate" says Chef Sebastian McQuarrie.

Sebastian was born in New Zealand in Palmerston North, North Island and developed a passion for cooking at a young age. He moved to country Victoria at the age of 17, where he started his first job in hospitality as an apprentice chef, before qualifying and moving to Melbourne where he worked in more respected kitchens. Sebastian continued to grow as a chef working under some fantastic leaders at Donovans before doing a brief stint at the signature restaurant of Queensland's Hamilton Island, The Yacht Club.
After missing the food, footy and culture of Melbourne, he returned to continue the passion for Italian food at Church St Enoteca as Sous Chef. Working under Chef Adam Mead, Sebastian expanded his knowledge about regional influence on the Italian menu.

Church Street Enoteca caters to both small private dinners as well as larger functions with two beautifully appointed private dining spaces catering for up to 20 guests. For larger functions, the dining room can be used for functions of up to 150 with enough room for a dance floor as well as utilising the private dining areas as pre-function or breakaway spaces.

A long-standing icon in Richmond, the multi-award winning Church Street Enoteca has been serving authentic Italian food long before the suburb was pronounced a culinary hot spot. The restaurant itself is steeped in history, housed at the site of a former metal works factory, with the original hardwood flooring still in use today. Inside the art-deco dining room, simple white walls are adorned with Italian pop-art posters, while hanging light fixtures form two lines dividing the centre of the room. It sounds cliché but the atmosphere can’t be described as anything but romantic with its cosy linen-draped tables, Riedal glassware and full silver service.

The seasonal menu offers modern Italian dishes, each of which are executed with adept precision. A dish of vitello tonnato is elevated to fine dining standards without losing its origins, pairing slices of lightly seared tuna and poached veal with a thin tuna aioli. The crayfish and snapper tortelli is testament to the skill found in the kitchen – with handmade parcels floating in a clear, condensed broth that captures the subtle essence of crayfish. Main dishes progress into heartier plates such as Umbrian pork chop, atop a mixed bean and a crispy pork belly salad, while a dish of braised duck leg and steamed duck breast balances out the rich flavours with pickled wild mushrooms and a parsnip puree. Dishes on the dessert menu are aptly named by their key flavours. Take the ‘coffee and donuts’, the restaurant’s contemporary take on tiramisu; the dish is topped with espresso foam and served with warm Italian bomboloni. It’s large enough to share, so be warned.
Church Street Enoteca is testament that good, classic Italian food will always have a place on the culinary scene.

Aphrodite Vlahos

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CARNE CRUDO, grass fed eye fillet, egg yolk emulsion, fried capers, onion rings parmesan tuille, truffle oil | $21.00

MAIS ALLA GRIGLIA, char-grilled corn risotto, chilli, chives, lemon | $19.00

TROTA DI MARE AFFUMICATO, hot smoked ocean trout, beets, sugar cured scallops, organse gel | $21.00

CARCIOFI RIPIENI, fontina and tallegio stuffed artichokes, marinated artichokes, watercress, pea puree | $19.00


ABBACCHIO ALLA ROMANA, braised suckling lamb with parmesan crust and gnocchi alla romana | $38.00

POLLO IN SALAMOIA E PORRI, brines and grilled chicken breast, chicken and leek parcel, baby carrots, white balsamic | $37.00

CROSTA AUSTROMERLUZZU, garlic and almond crusted Patagonian tooth fish fillet, cauliflower, marinated artichokes | $42.00

ASCIUTTO BISTECCA INVECCHIATO, 800/1600gm roasted rib-eye, grilled cos salad, onion rings


CIOCCOLATO! CIOCCOLATO! CIOCCOLATO! Chocolate fondant, milkshake, cookie, jelly, granita | $17.00

NOCE DI COCCO E CARAMELLO, coconut parfait, dolce di leche ice cream, toasted cocnout, salted caramel, cocoa nib | $17.00

TORTA DI MELE, apple tart, crumble, green apple sorbet, toffee apples, mascarpone | $17.00

TIRAMISU E BOMBOLINI, `Church St Enoteca` layered tiramisu, espresso foam, bomboloni | $17.00

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Restaurant Specials

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Pre Show Dining Two courses at $35pp or three courses for $45pp including a glass of vino/birra. Available Monday-Saturday 5-7pm (orders must be placed by 6:45pm)
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CLASSIC BUSINESS LUNCH @ $32pp Price includes; Cheesy garlic bread 300 gm steak OR whole flounder Glass of Heathcote Red Menu is subject to change.

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Function for 50-100
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Hens Nights/parties

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