RUBIRA'S PORT MELBOURNE
Melbourne, Victoria

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Well-known fishmonger and restaurateur, John Rubira, gets to take his pick of the freshest seafood at the markets each morning, so sharing his selections in a restaurant seems like an obvious step. Rubira’s restaurant at Port Melbourne is the result. The range of seafood on the menu is quite astounding and when you order the fish of the day, there are always six to 10 different market fresh fish available.
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General info

Address:

192 Station Street
Port Melbourne VIC 3207

Suburb:

Port Melbourne

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Cuisine:

Modern Australian, Seafood

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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John Rubira gets it right every time. His formula is apparently simple but hard to do well. Take a pub, make it look nice but not glitzy, and serve a range of excellent seafood with a blackboard menu that changes according to what's come in from the sea. He's done it a number of times, the last being in Sorrento, and now he's back in Melbourne. The Swallows pub is 140 years old and is rather cosy with cream walls and accents of dark green and red. It's attractive, but it's still clearly an old pub which is a lovable fact in itself.

There's a menu, but the real attraction is what's written on the blackboard that lists the available fish and their provenance, from places as far afield as Queenscliff (Victoria) and Shark Bay (Queensland) and even New Zealand. For the most part, the fish is served very simply – take your pick of egg wash, grilled or battered. Mostly, the fish is served filleted and we thoroughly recommend egg-wash dipped garfish fillets, grilled whole snapper and fried whiting. It depends up on what is available at the time but waiters are close by to give good advice. There is a range of salads and vegetables to accompany your meal, and fried calamari or oysters – again from various regions – to start. The wine list is wide-ranging and reasonably priced, and the bar has its own small menu.
Rita Erlich

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Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Historic Building
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
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Damon - 4/04/2013
6 of us visited Rubira's last night for a special birthday celebration. The food was amazing, best flounder ever! Service was great and John Rubira is simply a wonderful host. If you like seafood, this is the best place to eat. Will be back again soon!
Phoebe Rothfield - 7/05/2012
I have been here 5 times and just made another reservation for my birthday next week. The meals are amazing and as I'm not usually one who loves seafood the scampi was amazing! I've also had the steak here before and everything on my plate was amazing. This place is great, it's small and everything feels private inside, it's not over done and definitely not over priced with the meals you receive and eat! a must..