Chancery Lane, a European bistro by Scott Pickett, is opening in Melbourne on December 16, welcoming diners within the historic Normanby Chambers building at 430 Little Collins Street. The bistro is suited for any occasion, from a glass and a bite at the bar to a private dinner party.
The charming venue embodies Pickett’s career evolution with his signature sense of generosity. “It is an amazing opportunity to continue the legacy of Normanby Chambers that has been home to some of Melbourne’s most iconic restaurants,” says Pickett.
Pickett has built a team of exceptional talent to bring Chancery Lane to life, from Creative Director Stuart Neil (Ezard, Estelle by Scott Pickett), Head Chef Rob Kabboord (Lekker, Quay), and Venue Manager Alex Mouzos (Vue Group).
Pickett explains: “The menu at Chancery Lane is classic European dishes with a twist, and is both generous and approachable, offering everything from a simple dry-aged duck burger to an indulgent seafood platter and caviar bumps”.
Other menu items include:
• House dry-aged meats
• Hervey Bay scallop, fennel, finger lime
• Heirloom tomato consommé
• Jellied egg, smoked eel consommé
• King George whiting, ratatouille
• Poulet au cidre
• Cape Grim porterhouse on the bone
• Pickett’s favourite – a raspberry and gin baba
• Chocolate and cherry mouse
Engaged for the interiors was leading design firm Bergman & Co who, in collaboration with Raft Studio and Stuart Neil, have conceived a dining space of bespoke fittings and finishes sourced from local artisans and antique dealers. Internal walls have been removed with great care to allow for a collection of generous dining spaces and end-to-end sightlines. Arched black steel framed windows and Scanlan & Makers’ gold-textured bathrooms complete the timeless aesthetic.
A feature floor-to-ceiling wine cellar showcases a wine list by Beverage Manager Clint Fox and Sommelier and Beverage Manager, rising talent Hannah Day. It features a curated collection from Grand Cru Burgundies through to a strong local representation. A small cavity in the wall, which once was a safe, now houses a selection of top-end bottles.
The 100-seater bistro is ensconced in a rich palette of dark green, checkerboard tiling and dark timber, emulating old-world charm and opulence of La Belle Epoque. Antique brass and textured gold details are featured throughout.
“One of the most exciting parts of the project was to be able to engage iconic local artisans to give the space that ‘hand-made’ touch and support our community,” Stuart Neil said.
Scott Pickett states: “I realise it’s a bold move in the current climate, but I truly believe that Melbourne is a hospitality city that will continue to flourish and thrive”.
430 Little Collins Street Melbourne 3000
(03) 9089 7598
Open: Monday to Friday 12:00pm to late; Saturday 6:00pm to late.
Christmas closure dates will be from 25th December and reopening 29 December. Closed 1 January.
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