Electra House Level One
There’s something special hiding under the tables at Level One, and it’s not chewing gum. The under surfaces were carefully fitted with recording studio foam to absorb extra noise in the high-ceiling dining room.
It’s just one of the many thoughtful features added to the venue after a change of hands in late 2015. Electra House was re-opened in early 2015 after 20 years of neglect. It was originally built in 1901 by Citizens’ Life Assurance Company (now MLC).
After the venue changed hands, Level One was re-fitted in a lick of pastel pink, collectively, by Studio-Gram and Crafty Design. It shows a playful elegance, with a menu to match.
Head chef Jamie Kang ties the home cooking of a Korean upbringing with the technical skills of his Italian cookery training. See: shiitake ravioli with miso and ricotta, and soba noodles with oysters, cherry tomato and tsuyu (a Japanese dipping sauce). The theme is echoed downstairs at Ground Floor with a more casual selection of burgers and snacks.
The drinks menu continues the Asian-Italian theme by way of green-tea cooler and Hitachino white ale. Then there’s a mostly local wine selection, and plenty of whisky downstairs for post-dinner.