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The Atlantic

The Riverside at Crown
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Tel : +61 3 9698 8888
Fax : +61 3 9698 8899
Cuisine: Seafood
Chef: Donovan Cooke
Price Range: $$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Awarded One Chef Hat - The Age Good Food Guide 2012
The Atlantic is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Donovan Cooke who is leading the way with his dedication to sustainable seafood. The edgy restaurant features a 60-seat oyster bar and a magnificent open kitchen from which every table can see the action. With an ocean-to-palate philosophy, Atlantic is one of the bigger fish leading the sustainable-seafood movement.

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The Atlantic is located within the Crown Entertainment Complex on The Riverside Promenade. The restaurant can be entered from within Crown and also via the Crown Concourse.

From the immaculate seafood display in the front window, to the charming fairy lights that illuminate the restaurant’s entrance, guests of The Atlantic are bound to be impressed. Renowned as leading the way in delivering impressive sustainable seafood, The Atlantic is the mastermind of acclaimed chef Donavan Cooke. Opening in 2011, Cooke’s hard work has finally paid off with The Atlantic being awarded the coveted title of 1 Chef Hat in The Age Good Food Guide 2012.

The seafood-focus of the menu continues through to the restaurant’s aesthetic with a nautically themed colour palate and weathered beam fittings. An open kitchen dominates the restaurant’s space, acting as entertainment for both diners and those passing by outside while an impressive glass cabinet runs along the perimeter of the restaurant, showcasing The Atlantic’s selection of high-class Australian wines. The restaurant’s interior is separated into various galleys and private dining rooms, making it ideal for either a romantic dinner-for-two or a group celebration. A vintage photo of the Queen Victoria fish markets acts as the menu cover and while seafood inevitably dominates, there are also options for those who prefer their meat. Standout dishes include olive oil confit salmon with winter vegetables, and seared scallops with baby octopus and nero sauce.

After dinner, voyage downstairs to The Den where an intimate seating area awaits. Designed for groups, it is the perfect underground escape, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the upstairs’ restaurant. Here you will find the who’s-who of Melbourne, relaxing with a glass of The Dens’ signature Black Pearl cocktail.

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Inspired by the famous New York meat packing district and the hustle and bustle of the old fish markets in New York and Chicago, The Atlantic is an edgy space with an industrial-chic feel and a colour palate that is reflective of the sea. The 300-seat space is made up of pockets and dining areas that each enjoy a view of the huge open kitchen. Diners stop by for fresh oysters in a choice of six ways with champagne at the 60-seater oyster bar, while downstairs in the main dining room an emphasis is placed on whole fish cooked over a wood-fired grill.

The Atlantic offers a series of menus designed to showcase the spirit of the sea. Each day Donovan Cooke and his team draw inspiration from wild and sustainable fish, unique oyster varieties and varying types of shellfish. As well as the broad range of seafood, there is a small selection of export quality steak, as well as rare breed pork and free range poultry. There is an a la carte menu, which changes daily as well as the Chefs signature degustation menus.

The Atlantic offers a number of private dining rooms for business and private dining. They include:
The Engine Room - The Engine Room is the Chef’s Table offering an unobstructed view of the kitchen and interaction with the Chefs during the meal. It is suitable for 12 guests.
The Cabins - In a hidden alcove are The Cabins featuring both chair and banquette style seating. The interior is industrial-chic with exposed brick work, metal pipes, taps and even a ship’s wheel. The cabins hold up to 12 people per table or up to a maximum of 24 guests.
The State Room - Located in a discreet corner of The Atlantic are the State Rooms – East and West. Set against a backdrop of fine wines displayed in a glass case, these private dining rooms can accommodate one long table of up to 18 guests. The space is highly flexible and via an operable wall, can be broken into 2 spaces, which accommodate 7 guests each.
The Den - Below The Atlantic, The Den is a moody and sophisticated space with a capacity to hold up to 120 guests cocktail-style. The Captain’s Lair is a speakeasy- themed room at the end of The Den, available for a maximum of 40 guests and features its own sound-system.

Opening Times
The Atlantic Restaurant Lunch and dinner : 7 days

The Oyster Bar
Sunday-Thursday: 12noon-late

The Den
7 nights from 5.30pm-3.00am

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 1 Chef’s Hat
The Age Good Food Guide 2012

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My husband decided the Atlantic would be the restaurant where he would take me the night we got engaged. The presentation of the restaurant itself was solid elegance , it has a trendy yet modern look. We sat near a window , that gave us a great view of the fire flaming globes! And great water view! Are waiter was so friendly and knew his seafood well! Providing us with detailed information on all the dishes we inquired about. I remember odering BBQ prawns and a salad . The seafood was cooked to perfection and the salad was fresh! Clean! & appetizing . Deff due for another visit ! Hats off for the crew at the Atlantic for making it such a memorable night .review  28/01/2012

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Just visited Melbourne for four nights and we ate at the Atlantic for two of those nights. There is a no reservations policy but they still accommodated us. Very friendly and polite staff . Great food. I had a beautiful fish dish the first night and a beef dish the next time and both where amazing. The dessert was to-die-for. Highly recommend giving it a try. :-)review  24/10/2011

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