Young Love Mess Hall
Brenton Grove has been at The Bird since day dot. In November 2016, he opened Young Love Mess Hall next-door to provide a communal event space for the bottom end of William Street.
The venue was designed to be visually inviting and unpretentious, with an open frontage that projects the bustling street-vibe inside.
The interior’s style also brings the outside in. A giant prickly pear, tiled in colourful mosaic, greets patrons at the restaurant entrance. Vines hang from two central skylights, offsetting the “man-cave” black walls, and potted cacti are strewn throughout the dining room. Blink and you might feel you’re in a life-size terrarium.
Chef Steele Greenland (ex-Bivouac, Duende, Ace Pizza) has put together an accessible, cosmopolitan menu with hints of American-Jewish deli culture, Asian flavours and some clever twists on favourites, such as a “Viet-charcuterie” board and a native-plum Choc Top.
To the drinks side of things: the draught beers are all local with Eastern States offerings by the bottle. Cocktails are relaxed and listed without names, just their ingredients. A tight list of reds and whites reads and drinks well, with or without food.