On Wednesday morning, Jason M Jones will open the doors to the new Entrecôte City, the second iteration of his Parisian-style steakhouse. The CBD restaurant in Alfred Place follows the original double-storey sister venue, which launched in South Yarra in January.
The new steakhouse will take over the site that previously housed Prix Fixe, known for being Melbourne’s first ticketed restaurant, which Jones ran with chef Philippa Sibley.
Jones’ partner, designer Brahman Perera, has refurbished the interior, adding a white mosaic floor and velvet banquettes and drapes. If you’ve been to Jones’ most recent venue, the lush Bancroft Brewers in Elsternwick, you’ll know to expect plenty of greenery in the new space.
Executive chef Jason Rodwell will head the kitchen; not only continuing Entrecôte’s signature of steak frites (Hopkins River Beef porterhouse served with herb sauce and bottomless fries), but also focussing on what Jones refers to as “fruits de mer": “fruits of the sea”, or, seafood platters. Unique to Entrecôte City, the platters will range from petit marée (snacks of oysters, prawns, mussels and pippies) to la grande marée (with the addition of spanner crab, scampi and sea urchin).
Daily happy hour will run from 4pm to 6pm –the same as South Yarra’s – featuring $12 glasses of Mumm Champagne and $2 oysters.
French-style ‘grab and go’ breakfasts will be available from a street-facing window, as well as $2.50 takeaway coffee.
While the CBD restaurant is an offshoot of its sister in South Yarra, the concept is one Jones originally borrowed from L’Entrecôte Porte-Maillot, after dining at the Parisian restaurant a decade ago.
Jones also confirmed with Broadsheet that the next Entrecôte will be north – very far north. Sydney, you’re next.
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