Appropriately, Verge verges on the fluffy greenery of Treasury Gardens. It’s all leafy vistas and verdant lawns, particularly after a healthy dose of Melbourne’s beloved drizzle. So it makes sense that designers DCM echoed the green and grey tones in the bar and restaurant interior.
Muted grey concrete, apple green details, a hint of blond wood and a splash of red give Verge a distinctly fertile feel – like grass might sprout if you dusted a handful of dirt. Its meld of slick industrial and subdued zen design creates a feel that has made the team, headed by co-owners Simon Denton and chef Dallas Cuddy, a Melbourne byword for city chic.
There’s a Japanese aesthetic to dishes with a yen for seasonality and a focus on texture and local produce, making the tasting menu a great way to avoid dish-envy. It’s also worth knowing about the wine room, where you can bring and enjoy your own wine, served in appropriate glassware and handled with care by the Verge team. They’ll even match dishes to your tipple in order to make it a real occasion.
You can also check out sister venue Izakaya Den for Japanese bar style food.