International chef extraordinaire Luke Mangan has finally expanded his empire to include his home city of Melbourne. Joining the gastropub wave that’s flooding the city, Mangan officially launched The Palace late last week in South Melbourne, after opening to the public in December. The venue’s latest re-invention is one of several that the location has undergone since it was originally opened in 1874, and interior designer Neil Bradford has incorporated some of the historic pub finishes into the new design.

In true Aussie pub tradition, the menu focuses on fresh Australian produce served simply, with a leaning towards carnivorous fare. Dining options range from bar & lounge to outdoor courtyard areas.

The kitchen is lead by head chef Marjon Olguera – who worked with Mangan on the opening of Salt, Tokyo – while front of house is headed by manager Christian Green, previously of Botanical and Rockpool. In addition to recognisable names, the beer garden promises to be a drawcard at this sunny time of year.

What: The Palace by Luke Mangan
When: Lunch and dinner daily, open from 12noon – 10pm
Where: 505 City Road (corner Pickles Street), ?South Melbourne,? (03) 9699 6410