Until recently, if you were on Montague Road there was a good chance you were in dire need of a car wrecker or discount bridal store. But then a bunch of new developments started springing up along the river – it was only a matter of time before entrepreneurial minds realised the street’s potential as a dining destination.
Pour Choices is one of the results. A passion project of owners Tim Davies, Rory Guy and Leo Channon, the venue is an open-plan bar of wood and large windows, with a lush, tree-lined verandah running along its frontage. “We loved how the space is tucked away under the large leafy trees,” Davies says. “Then we saw those buildings going up and knew this was going to become a very interesting place to be.”
The food is modern-Australian with an Asian influence, bringing a technical flair to crowd-pleaser pub food. Popcorn chicken with yuzu mayo and pepper caramel beef sliders stick out on the snack menu. Saturday mornings peddle traditional breakfasts of eggs Benedict, Nutella waffles and green eggs and ham, with coffee supplied by neighbours The Cheeky Bean.
Behind the bar, Davies says the three partners’ passion lies in hop-forward craft beers, though they’re looking to source more yeast-driven brews. The wine list leans towards Australian drops and is bolstered by Channon’s father’s own winery, Robert Channon Wines, in Queensland’s Granite Belt region.
Davies says while they’re 90 per cent done with the fit-out inside the restaurant, the unique space provides plenty of opportunity for interesting renovation. “We’re going to change the windows so they open out on the street,” he says. “Maybe have a bar facing the footpath so people can stand outside and drink. There’s just so much potential here.”
1/208 Montague Road, West End
(07) 3040 0446
Wed & Thu 12pm–9pm