Martin Pirc is the hospo veteran behind Melbourne’s Punch Lane and its subterranean cocktail bar Juliet. And now he’s flipped his Richmond spot Saint Urban into Waygood, a rustic neighbourhood cave à manger (a Parisian-style wine bar and shop that also serves as a restaurant).
“We really wanted to emulate community spirit through the design, a fresh interpretation, and giving it a new accent,” Pirc says of the redesign.
And the team is excited to finally be welcoming back locals for dine-in service after the support they received since opening. “The lockdown was fantastic,” Pirc says. “We were delivering fish‘n’chips, [catering] dinner parties and dropping picnic boxes off to people in the park.”
Now, Waygood offers a different menu weekly, by executive chef Nuno Gabriel. You might find dishes such as potato-and-taleggio croquettes, salmon pastrami with dill crème fraîche, pillowy ricotta gnudi cacio e pepe, or a hulking cauliflower steak.
If you pop in on a Tuesday or Wednesday, get yourself a 3121 deal (a nod to Richmond’s postcode) – it’s a plate of the daily special plus a glass of wine or beer for $31. And you can grab bottles of wine to take away – with up to 80 drops to choose from – at $25 off.
In line with the community ethos here, you’re encouraged to put down your phone and really connect. But don’t worry – you can order a film camera with your cocktail to savour the memory, in old-school style. Settle in the light-filled 45-seat dining space – with romantic, stripped-back walls and art deco table lamps – or on the dog-friendly terrace overlooking Swan Street.
“I really think that hospitality is a great opportunity for people to connect,” Pirc says. “And the best is yet to come in some ways.”
231 Swan Street, Richmond
Tue to Thu 4pm–11pm