Late last week, 100 Burgers Group reopened the doors to its Collins Street venue as a reinvigorated public bar. The stunning 50-foot diorama and extensive list of natural wines will stay, plus a new gastropub menu featuring classic dishes and crowd-pleasing daily specials.
Natural History Public Bar is open Monday to Friday and aims to be a hub for Collins Street workers looking for an easy lunch or a drink after work. The venue will also host regular entertainment with world-renowned piano man Matt Ganim taking requests every Thursday and Friday from 8pm starting next Thursday 7th February.
The new menu features a diverse selection of casual pub fare with sharing items including, Pork Ribs with coffee rub, chicharron and BBQ sauce and Spicy Beef Tartare with cured egg yolk, fermented chilli and puffed tendon.
Larger choices comprise of a Crumbed Pork Schnitzel with fried egg, red cabbage slaw and dill dressing, the vegan Potato and Cashew Parmesan Lasagne with raw zucchini salad and a former menu favourite – the Cajun Fish Sandwich with green tomato pickle, soused slaw and chips, which The Herald Sun dubbed as ‘one of the best fish burgers in the country’.
Steaks are still in rotation as well, with your choice of a flat iron (300g), eye fillet (200g), a minimum 48-day dry-aged rib-eye (500g) sourced from Tasmania and a Sher wagyu 300g rump M6, sourced from Victoria. Every Tuesday for lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a $20 steak special.
While the food menu has changed, Natural History’s impressive wine list is still featuring a varied selection of natural wines. Natural History sommelier Gavin Wraith said, “Here at Natural History, we’ve mixed together the classic and the unconventional. We focus heavily on organic and biodynamic producers and we are able to offer a great snapshot of the Australian and European wine scene. Many of our wines come from small producers, who we’ve grown to know personally”.
The cocktail menu is made up of classics made with premium ingredients. Choose from three types of martini’s or their take on a Manhattan, Sour, Negroni or Spritz. From 4:30pm-6:30pm Monday to Friday, you can get a glass of wine for $6, spirits for $7 and a pint for $8.
Natural History Public Bar
401 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday: Open for private functions only
Image credit: Eugene Hyland