Young Love Mess Hall

Closed Permanently


dine at the bar
good for groups

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.