The Lighthouse is back and ready to shine.
David Moyle, the chef and restaurateur that previously ran Hobart’s Franklin and Melbourne’s Longsong, is once again spearheading Rising’s premier food offering, The Lighthouse. And he’s brought former Oakridge chefs Jo Barrett and Matt Stone with him. Set at the top of Sidney Myer Music Bowl lawn against the technicolour backdrop of The Wilds, the luminous restaurant will offer a bit of respite from all that’s going on around it.
“At festivals where there’s a lot going on around you and it’s a bit of sensory overload, it’s nice to get into a space where you can sit down and have something to eat or drink,” he says. This year the site has doubled in size, to make room for a bar and heated deck for those in search of a quick snack or cocktail. The Up High Bar is a no bookings section — it'll be a come-as-you-are situation with affordable snacks à la carte plates that fall somewhere between a snack and a main meal, all sitting around the $10 to $18 mark. Expect plates of fried mussels and plenty more seafood, something Moyle is really excited by.
Set within a massive glass atrium, the main restaurant will have 60 seats and offer a five- course set menu starting at $182 per person, again showcasing plenty of seafood – or vegetables, if you order the vegan option. Matched wines will be courtesy of retailer Blackhearts & Sparrows, which has picked wines exclusively for The Lighthouse, including plenty of options by the glass and bottle.
While you eat and drink, enjoy panoramic views of the ice-skating rink down the hill and the vast, inflatable installations surrounding it, designed by New York-based Melbourne art- ists Tin & Ed. The duo has also created a kinetic sculpture specifically for The Lighthouse, which will hang directly overhead.
Moyle hopes to add some interactivity to the site in the form of a grill out the front where he’ll cook shawarma over hot coals, perfect for diners looking to warm up on a cold night.
The Lighthouse opens on the June 1st and runs until June 19, open from 5.45pm–11pm, Tue–Sun, at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne.
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