ALFiE'S Wine + Grill

New restaurant, ALFiE’S WINE BAR + GRILL, opened its doors in early May offering Carlton patrons a fresh take on modern Australian cuisine with charcoal grill cooking as a central theme and an eclectic selection of wines.

Brightening up the premises previously occupied by the The Town Mouse, ALFiE’S has retained the heritage charm of the building which includes a cosy, covered courtyard and outdoor seating area. The intimate dining and bar area makes for a relaxing convivial space for dinner or drinks. The shining tile walls reflect the soft lighting and warm funky tunes add to the vibe.

ALFiE’S owners, Alf France and (Chef) Jeff Green worked together in London and also set up the successful Bayside eatery BEAU Kitchen and Cellar at 472a Beach Road in Beaumaris in 2016. ALFiE’S is their second venture.

“Our intention is to provide a welcoming space that locals can come and enjoy on a regular basis for a delicious meal, snack or just a glass of wine.” said owner, Alf France. “Our menu is perfect for sharing. We use simple, fresh seasonal ingredients so that the flavours can express themselves with charcoal cooking”.

Much of the food is grilled using a Japanese style hibachi BBQ. Highlights include Torello Rosé veal T-Bone with salt baked celeriac, O’Conner’s Hanger Steak with Bordelaise sauce and fresh horseradish, and Grilled Quail with smoked eggplant puree. The grilled King Oyster Mushrooms with poached egg, grated Manchego and bread sauce, and the Black Barley Risotto with pumpkin and curried pepitas are seriously good.

Wine takes prominence at ALFIE’S featuring an eclectic selection sourced from small and unique winemakers. The list was compiled by BEAU’s resident Sommelier Cam Moore and “it’s a ripper”. The 80+ selection covers all the established varietals, with a few twists. The ‘fun and interesting’ section features wines from Ricca Terra, Flotsam & Jetsam, Inkwell and Pittnauer. Grenache and blends are well represented by both Australian and French makers and a good choice of Italian and Spanish reds are available. A rotating selection by the glass lists more than 10 options. ALFiE’S also offers exciting craft beers and cider such as Colonial Draught Kolsch and Bertie’s Cider. If you fancy a Negroni, Sazerac, Old Fashioned or the like, Bunjil’s Aussie botanical range of spirits is on offer too.

ALFiE'S is conveniently located near University of Melbourne, The Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition  Building, Nova Cinema, Melbourne Business School, and The Royal Women's Hospital.

Dinner is served from 4pm everyday. Lunch on Sundays. Bookings are welcome and recommended. Call us to discuss parties, functions and private hire.


External links & reviews

- The Urban List

- Broadsheet