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Merchant

Address
Address:
The Rialto
495 Collins Street
Melbourne CBD VIC 3000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9614 7688
Fax : +61 3 9614 7211
Cuisine
Cuisine: Italian
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$
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Chef Guy Grossi continues to provide authentic Italian culinary experiences on Australian shores with Merchant, the Venetian-inspired restaurant within The Rialto forecourt at 495 Collins street Melbourne. The concept is pure with food and wines from the region. The dishes are simple and wholesome. The room is reminiscent of the “osterie” of Venice with friendly and knowledgeable service.

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LOCATION
Located in the heart of the financial district, in the Rialto forecourt near the corner of King and Collins Streets.

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With cool watercolours creating a tranquil ambience reminiscent of the Venetian Lagoon, it is easy to see where the inspiration for Guy Grossi’s Merchant restaurant came from. Located within the forecourt of the Melbourne Intercontinental Hotel, Merchant features dishes from the Venetian region of Grossi’s roots. His Northern Italian cuisine is relatively under-represented in Melbourne despite a plethora of Italian restaurants. Merchant fills a niche with its inspiration being the informal “osterie” of this part of Italy. Food in the quaint, casual eateries is enjoyed with great passion and gusto, and so too is it here at Merchant.

Settle in at the large bar or take a seat by the open kitchen to have the cooking scents whet your appetite. Breakfast is available Monday to Friday, while lunch and dinner features a series of small plates as well as dedicated sections for the risotto and polenta so beloved by Northern Italians. Saturday is open for dinner only.

Start by sharing favourites such as arancini or tuna carpaccio. Then sample the specialties of this house - risotto and polenta dishes that offer something a little different. The squid ink risotto is stained jet-black and topped with tender pieces of squid, while the traditional risi e bisi is enriched with pancetta and given freshness with baby peas. Favourites of our night were duck ragu, cured cod fried with tomato and onions, and braised rabbit complemented with earthy pine nuts and plump sultanas. Follow with Venetian trifle for a decadent finish.

With its informal feel that encourages breezy, casual dining, you can almost believe that your gently rocking gondola awaits you outside as you depart after a light lunch or a sumptuous feast.

Angela Costanzo
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Restaurant Features
Bar / Wine Bar
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Romantic/Intimate
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10


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