Everything’s a little bit bigger in Hawthorn. The houses, the schools and even the restaurants as exemplified in new opening Ate One Ate. This place is huge. It occupies three shop fronts and seats 180 people.
I was invited to the opening so my review is a limited as I haven’t experienced the restaurant at full service. But I could check out the place which has a sophisticated feel with caramel leather bucket chairs looking through big glass windows for people watching on Glenferrie road or for a bit of food theatre to the semi open kitchen lined with timber.
The canapès gave an indication of the broad European influenced menu that head chef Marc Brown is creating. Salty sardines packed a punch and delicate scallops were served just burnished to a slight backpacker tan.
Fillet steak cooked to a tender shade of pink impressed but my favourite dish was the cheesy arancini balls. I really hope these are on the permanent menu.
Ate One Ate has wines on tap (something that’s popping up at more and more venues) and I can also recommend the Aperol spritzs for a bit of festive season celebration. The sneak peek I got makes me keen to go back and check it out further.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Ate One Ate.
Details: Ate One Ate, 818 Glenferrie road, Hawthorn
Damage: On this occasion I didn’t pay.
No rating as this was a preview.