A former Tonka and Mamasita chef is behind the pans at this new CBD canteen, serving Peking duck toasties, siu mai with confit garlic oil and boozy bubble tea from 7.30am daily. Despite its location on the ground floor of the new Novotel Melbourne Central, Goldie Asian Canteen doesn’t feel like a typical hotel lobby restaurant. It’s bright and airy, with black-and-white tiled floors, purple neon signage, and bubble lights suspended overhead. It’s also got some serious culinary pedigree, with head chef Michael Smith behind the burners. Putting out toasted sandwiches and bao buns at a laid-back city spot is a gear shift for the former Mamasita, Tonka and (now-closed) Jacques Reymond head chef. But Smith says this was a project he couldn’t turn down.
Products used Savoy Chair Prop Stool Bold Base American Oak Table Top Upholstery Woven Image NEO HP BLUE (315) About the venue Goldie Canteen + Brews (in Ibis Hotel, Melbourne Central) goldiecanteen.com.au 399 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.