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Town Hall Hotel Fitzroy

166 Johnston Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel : +61 3 9416 5055
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Chef: Harry Lilai
Price Range: $$$$
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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A much-loved Fitzroy icon, the refurbished Town Hall Hotel offers guests a memorable Italian dining experience. The work of owner and Hatted Chef Harry Lilai, a veteran of the Melbourne Hospitality scene, guests can expect generous, quality dishes from the modern Italian menu, served at the contemporary bistro while the front bar delivers a wide variety of casual bites including crispy chilli quail and BBQ chorizo. The wine list features mainly Australian wines while the beer list offers cider on tap and both local and international labels.

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Located in the heart of Fitzroy, on the corner of Johnston Street and Napier Street.

The unassuming facade of Town Hall Hotel, located on a quiet street in Fitzroy, gives diners little inkling of what to expect inside its walls. From owner and Hatted Chef Harry Lilai, Town Hall Hotel (THH) combines hearty Italian food with warm good-old hospitality.

There’s a relaxed vibe at THH with the space effortlessly designed and sparsely decorated, with bare white walls and worn timber flooring. It’s the sort of place you could easily stay at for a few hours on a leisurely weekend lunch. Downstairs, a dimly-lit cellar houses a private dining area and one of Melbourne’s most extensive wine collections north of the river.

The simplicity in the dining room lets the food speak for itself. A contemporary version of home cooking coupled with refined restaurant technique ensures Lilai’s reputation is upheld. Start with the chickpea battered oysters, served in the shell, on a bed of pickled fennel. Crisp on the outside and with the essence of the sea still packed inside, the flavours are clean and approachable, as is the plate of paper-thin bresaola that follows - piled with beef tartar and parmesan shavings. Larger courses see pumpkin and ricotta stuffed generously into silky ravioli and a robust osso bucco utilises saffron-laced risotto Milanese to soak up the remnants of sauce.
To end, you can’t go wrong with the tiramisu or fluffy bomboloni, but for something more contemporary, try the coconut panacotta with pineapple salsa looking very 50 shades of white in it’s frosted glass.

A relaxed ambience, good food and quality wine set the Town Hall Hotel apart in Fitzroy, a place you could easily keep returning to, especially for more of those oysters.

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The Town Hall Hotel offers a myriad of function options, with a spacious upstairs area can cater for 70-seated guests or up to 120 cocktail style, a private dining area on the main floor for up to 30 guests or the downstairs cellar which can offer complete seclusion amongst the restaurant’s prized wine collection for up to 14 guests.

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Suitable for Functions
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