Woody.P is not a chirpy, bearded radio host in a cap as Google Images might have you believe, but a cool-and-casual establishment that opened yesterday on Flinders Lane.
Head chef Clinton Camilleri left his mark on rural Victoria over the past 10 years (Healesville Hotel, Eleonore’s Restaurant in the Yarra Valley, Royal George Hotel in Kyneton and Daylesford’s Lake House) and is now seeking to do the same in the city with a produce-driven menu.
His personal favourites include roast duck breast with confit duck leg pastry, citrus and radicchio, and the house rabbit sausages with mustard-pickled onions and heirloom carrots.
“We’re a bit different to what else is out there. We don’t take ourselves too seriously." says Camilleri. "People can come and have a good meal; some good drinks and they don’t have to get all dressed up."
Designed by Eades and Bergman, the price point is where the similarity to a pub both begins and ends. It’s a contemporary space without being cold, characterised by polished timber floors, exposed brick, textured glass and a tiled feature wall. There’s also a sizable outdoor area with bluestone floors and plenty of greenery. A bar will be added downstairs in around six month, a breeze considering it took two years to bring the restaurant to life.
Although Woody.P doesn’t have a human form, he’s awfully hospitable and not bad to look at, either.