Moonhouse is the highly anticipated new Chinese restaurant from the Commune Group, the team behind some of Melbourne’s best contemporary Asian restaurants, including Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Tina. And Broadsheet Access – our membership program bringing you the best of your city – is giving you the opportunity to try it first. Moonhouse is opening exclusively for Broadsheet editors and Access members on Friday May 27 – four days before it opens to the public – for a special one-off dinner.
In a heritage-listed former bank building, you’ll be among the first to experience Moonhouse’s menu over five innovative courses. But to start, an exclusive Access cocktail: a Vodka Martini made with Idle Hour unfiltered vodka and pickled grapes, or a namesake Moonhouse Negroni made with Melbourne Gin Company Dry Gin, Unico Zelo vermouth and savoury orange sorbet. You’ll also get the chance to meet Moonhouse’s head chef Shirley Summakwan (Tokyo Tina, Hanoi Hannah Vol. II), and Broadsheet Melbourne editor Tomas Telegramma will host an informal Q&A with Commune’s creative director, Simon Blacher.
On the food front, expect contemporary spins on classic Chinese dishes, including crispy Hainanese chicken club sandwiches and reimagined prawn toast with prawn bisque dipping sauce. The dedicated wok section of the menu is a highlight, with fried rice; soft shell crab tossed with garlic, black bean and pepper; and more.
Tickets are $90 per person, including a cocktail on arrival. There are just 65 spots available, so be quick to reserve yours.
The Editors’ Preview night at Moonhouse takes place at 282 Carlisle Street, Balaclava, on Friday May 27 at 7pm.