The Builders Arms in Fitzroy, reopened under new owners Andrew McConnell, Anthony Hammond and Josh Murphy, offers a more formal dining room as Moon Under Water.
The George Orwell essay from which the restaurant takes its name describes the ultimate public house; a place frequented by regulars, with an atmosphere that is convivial, bar food that is perfectly paired with good beer and attention to detail that is particular without being pedantic. Hospitality veteran Hammond and chefs McConnell and Murphy had already hit the mark with the bistro and bar at the Builders, and have done it again with the dining room.
Designed by Projects of Imagination (Golden Fields, Chin Chin, Trunk), Moon Under Water is white on white, without feeling stark, and features an impressive wine cabinet lining the back wall. The room seats 50 and has an emphasis on dining that is fun and delicious.
At Moon Under Water it's not about having 50 options to choose from, instead it's about enjoying time with friends. There’s no a la carte, only a $75 set menu available from Wednesdays to Sunday nights from 6pm and for Sunday lunch, giving the chefs a chance to really refine what they do and a chance to respond to the seasons.
Murphy has worked with McConnell for almost a decade, most recently at Cumulus Inc., where he won The Age Good Food Guide’s Young Chef of the Year last year. The two chefs aimed to create a menu that will change weekly and showcase the best produce they can source. It’s a set menu, but it’s not a degustation, each course will be a complete dish.
Moon Under Water also takes bookings.