Sharpen your axes and wash the dust out of your drinking horns, people, Mjølner is just over a week away from opening. The Speakeasy Group (Eau De Vie, Boilermaker House) will open the Melbourne outpost of its Viking-referencing bar and whole-beast carvery on Wednesday next week.

Bookings are now open for the venue that features a giant rotisserie oven that each day cooks a different bird, fish, meat and veg. Famously, guests can select an elaborate carving knife at the beginning of their meal. The interiors are fitted out with exposed masonry, fur and leather.

Regular a la carte diners are allocated two hours for their booking. Tables of 10 or more will need to book a three-course “feasting menu” for $70 per person and have two-and-a-half hours to complete their meal. Guests dining on the feasting menu will receive shared platters with a selection of everything coming off the rotisserie that day.

Mjølner has separate levels for the dining room and bar, and bookings can be made for both. Although main meals are unavailable in the bar it has an extensive cocktail list, charcuterie and the Trencher, a hollowed-out bread loaf filled with the trimmings coming from the rotisserie.

Make no mistake, this is a big opening for Melbourne. It follows the resounding success of Boilermaker House, the group’s last opening in the city and The Speakeasy Group is doubling down on the success of its Sydney restaurant here. The Melbourne operation will have a significantly bigger footprint. Don’t let the extra seats make you complacent, though; bookings are going to fill up quickly.

Mjølner opens Wednesday March 28. Bookings are available now through Book with Broadsheet. Book here.

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