There’s a lot going on at Neptune, starting with a selection of spots to cosy up with a friend and a drink. There are tables in the atrium, spaces for larger groups inside, a fireplace lounge at the rear and a cocktail bar upstairs.
It’s all devastatingly chic, with lots of dark timber and exposed brick. The latest venture from Nic Coulter and Simon Blacher (Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Tina) and David and Michael Parker (the brothers behind San Telmo and Pastuso), Neptune has things oceanic on its mind, as the name suggests.
Among their clever ideas is a selection of fancy imported tinned seafood such as tuna belly, mussels and cockles that arrive with carefully curated garnishes – perfect snacks to accompany a crisp albarino from the 300-strong winelist. There’s also a rotating selection of fresh oysters, and be sure to try the smoked eel parfait, which comes enclosed in pastry tubes, and the delicious snapper crudo. If you want more turf than surf sample the charcuterie or a ’nduja jaffle.
That old adage about location really applies here – pick your favourite spot, and get ready to settle in for the night.
- 212 High Street, Prahran
- 9533 2827
Best for \ seafood lovers and drinks with friends.
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