Once a pub, now refurbished as an eclectic bar /restaurant with attitude, Bouzy Rouge is one of those establishment I find hard to categorise. That may in fact be part of the charm – straddling both gastro pub and restaurant styles.
Mad deco some might say! Antler horns and other animalia, faux skin chairs, swords, shields, armour and chandeliers, gold unholstery, gilded mirrors, giant silk tasselled ornaments ……….. it all takes a while to digest if it was your first time. A bit confusing at first but certainly sports an attitude.
The food however is not confused. It has a clever ‘tapas’ menu with some inventive options (more sharing plates than tapas given the generous plate sizes), and a great selection of mains along with an extensive wine list. Meat lovers would love this place – a whole shoulder of lamb slow cooked for 12 hours to perfection, suckling pig, rabbit etc. But there is enough here to entice those not that fond of the hoof. The chili calamari was exquisite and so were the scallops in shell topped with a gazpacho dressing.
The bar is edgy with smartly dressed evening drinkers, with a number of glitzy private rooms off the bar area plus a courtyard out the back.
Bouzy Rouge – 410 Bridge Street, Richmond, Melbourne