Recently, I caught up for dinner with some old work pals, S, G and M. We went to The Bank on Collins, which was midway between us and hence easy to get to for all of us after work during the week.
The Bank on Collins is so named because it is in the old Bank of Australasia building. The venue takes advantage of the gorgeous, vaulted space of the old bank, which makes for a stunning bar and dining area:
I loved the ye old worldy look of the menu and the coasters (top photo):
The great thing about The Bank is that the menu is not overly expensive, and has a great variety of dishes. There is something for almost everyone, which is perfect when dining with a group.
Happy hour is on 5pm-7pm, so I splurged on two glasses of house white wine (smashing value at $5 a glass).
I decided to go for it and ordered the Surf 'n' Turf ($29) - an eye fillet steak cooked medium rare, with grilled prawns and chorizo, green beans and almonds. I opted for a red wine jus instead of the bernaise sauce, and pronounced it all delicious:
M & S ordered the lamb cutlets ($27) - three lamb cutlets with a pistachio and cashew nut crust, and served with a rocket, parmesan and pear salad:
I was going to leave after main, but M decided we should do dessert. I ordered the Eton Mess ($8), with meringue, fresh berries, raspberry sorbet and honeycomb:
S ordered the Peanut Butter Cheesecake ($8), which looks utterly amazing - I know it smelled fabulous, and came in a generous portion:
The Bank on Collins was a great venue for our catchup. The staff were friendly, and the service was prompt. I would definitely go back.
Ground floor, 394 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9825 8990