The Drifter's Table

Young ambitious chefs are going rogue, taking over anywhere with seats and a hob and the winner, Melbourne, is you

This event has finished

This just in: the Drifter's Table have had a cancellation and have one table or two/four available for their pop-up tonight. It's a seafood fiesta of scallops, smoked eel, King George whiting with spring garlic, and burnt butter cake. Get in while the getting is good. These dinners usually book out in a second. 

------------------------------------------------------------------

Review

While the Drifter's Table has nothing (officially) to do with Neil Perry's Rockpool Bar and Grill, the three chefs in charge – Robbie Bell, Keelan Gallogly and Rodney Mom – as well as the sommelier and floor boss either currently work at the legendary restaurant, or used to. Which makes this the slickest run pop-up in town. (And, yes, they do all have Rockpool’s blessing.)

Every month they take over a different café, dress it up, crank the James Brown and bang out a well conceived four-course dinner.

Don’t expect Rockpool food, though. The dishes are the chefs’ own. We start with tender rounds of poached and charred octopus with waxy potatoes, parsley pesto and crunchy cupettes of baby cos. It’s followed by juicy pork meatballs, with plenty of lemon zest, parsley and a bright tomato sugo cutting the richness of the meat and cheesy polenta base. What you'll get is anyone's guess, but it’s simple, clever stuff you might expect to find the chefs cooking at home.

“It’s a hobby. Like we’re a band,” Bell tells us. “Only instead of playing, we cook.”

Get the wine match. It’s an all-star Victorian list, and you’ll want the sticky Chambers Rutherglen muscat with your dessert of a crumbled chocolate brownie with tart mandarin cream and crunchy shards of dehydrated mandarin.

Places sell out in about an hour, so get on the mailing list prestissimo.

First published on . Updated on .

By Gemima Cody   |  

The Drifter's Table details

Around Melbourne


Address
Around Melbourne

Melbourne 3000

Price from $65.00 to $100.00

Date Thu 10 Oct 2013

Open 7pm

Around Melbourne details

Melbourne area guide

Around Melbourne map

Restaurants near Around Melbourne

Comida Bebe

0m - Do you like art, alcohol and eating? Well have we got an exciting surprise...

Bottega

47m - Impress friends, colleagues and even your accountant with a bargain set...

Tropicana Juice and Food Bar

60m - Tropicana is the stalwart of the Melbourne juicing scene, and not easy to...

Bars & pubs near Around Melbourne

Longrain

0m - Trend seekers may have defected to mod-Asian diner Chin Chin earlier this...

Penny Blue Beer Café

15m - Located in a laneway off a laneway, Penny Blue is worth the search for those...

Nant Whisky Cellar and Bar

21m - Tasmanian whisky. Driver Lane. This is an outlet for Nant, a distillery from...

Other venues near Around Melbourne

Fat: Melbourne

13m - Delivering cutting edge labels to those in the know, Fat stocks hand picked...

Chinatown

38m - Melbourne's Chinatown is a colourful area lined with restaurants, karaoke...

Bernard's Magic Shop

49m - Sure, gag gifts are juvenile. And there’s always a chance they’ll...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus
 


© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.