Rockpool Dining Group readies to reopen Melbourne premium restaurants

Friday, 30 October 2020: Rockpool Dining Group is reopening a number of its Melbourne restaurants from Friday, 30 October, in line with the easing of state government restrictions.

Saké Restaurant & Bar which sits riverside at Hamer Hall, and Rosetta Ristorante and Rockpool Bar & Grill at Crown Melbourne, will all open with an emphasis on outdoor, heated dining, minimum indoor seating, and safe dining measures in place. The Group’s remaining Melbourne restaurants remain closed for the time being.

Saké Hamer Hall has sharpened its sushi knives, oiled the robata grill, and powered up the stovetops to reopen on Friday, 30 October from 5pm, with outdoor seating for 32 guests overlooking the Yarra River, and seating for 20 guests inside. The menu includes Saké’s signature nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls, raw dishes, snacks, small dishes, large dishes and desserts. The riverside restaurant will be open every Wednesday and Thursday for dinner, and Friday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.

Diners craving a super-fusion fix to take away can order the new Saké To Go menu. Menu items include charcoal-grilled beef burger, teriyaki chicken burger and prawn katsu burger; chicken katsu and fish katsu bao buns; sushi rolls; and Saké favourites such as chicken karaage, steamed prawn shumai dumplings and popcorn shrimp. Edamame, miso soup, house salad and takeaway coffee are also available. Saké’s Uber Eats delivery service will also recommence.

Rosetta Ristorante is reopening on Wednesday, 4 November from 6pm, serving dinner again on Thursday and Friday that week, as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, before resuming Wednesday to Sunday dinner service, with lunch also available every Saturday and Sunday, from the following week.

Seating for 50 guests is available on the restaurant’s spacious, outdoor terrace, with 20 seats available indoors. The a la carte menu includes a selection of signature antipasti, primi, secondi, contorni and dolci.

Rockpool Bar & Grill plans to reopen with an outdoor sheltered and heated dining space on the promenade adjacent to the restaurant that will seat 50 guests, with 20 seats indoors. The restaurant team is working with Crown Melbourne and the local council to activate the outdoor space and hopes it will be ready by Thursday, 5 November so the iconic steakhouse can reopen for dinner at 5.30pm, if given the go-ahead. Should the reopening go to schedule, Rockpool Bar & Grill will be open again for dinner on Friday, 6 November and for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday that week, before resuming Wednesday to Sunday dinner, with lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday, from the following week.

The menu includes a selection of dry-aged beef from David Blackmore, Cape Grim, Provenir, and Coppertree Farm, as well as signature dishes from the cold bar, hot starters, pasta, main plates, salads, sides and desserts.

Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash says it is a relief that the Victorian Government has finally lifted some restrictions, which makes viable the reopening of three restaurants and the return to work of around 70 team members.

“We are thrilled to be bringing some team members back to work, to be re-connecting with suppliers, and offering guests a range of dine-in, alfresco, takeaway and delivery options,” Mr Pash says.

“We look forward to the further easing of restrictions, reopening of borders and the return of tourists to this incredible city, which will enable us to reopen more of our restaurants and return even more of our loyal and hardworking team members to work.”

Media enquiries: Rockpool Dining Group Director of PR Rachel Lebihan | 0438 701 573 | [email protected].

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