If you’ve always had a hankering for crystalised chicken shanks with prawn crumbs and five spice salt, you’ll be thrilled to bits with Hare & Grace’s bar menu. These weirdo chicken shanks have set up shop on Collins St, along with their other crazy cohorts: braised coca cola pork ribs, dehydrated chats and fried ham hock fingers. Yes, Hare & Grace’s menu is idiosyncratic and yes, it probably comes under that unfortunate ‘dude food’ banner, BUT Hare’s food is a real treat. What you’re getting here is a taste of chef Raymond Capaldi’s genius, at a fraction of the price.
The menu can work in one of two ways, either sit at the bar and snack off the ‘minibar’ menu, or opt for the more traditional ‘bar lunch and dinner’ menu. The latter revolves around more familiar favourites, such as a beef and mushroom pot pie, a panini with calamari, lemon mayo and cos lettuce and a porterhouse steak with fries. If you want to blow some serious buck, knock yourself out in Capaldi’s adjacent fine diner. They have a $40 lamb chop on the menu, which by rights should give you more than just greasy lips. Otherwise settle for the excellent bar menu, that offers exceptional value for money for dudes and non-dudes alike.
Must try: Macaroni ‘n’ cheese croquettes; Coke ribs; Porterhouse steak with fries; the $40 chop
How much? Croquettes $4 each; Minibar Menu $4-$22; Bar Lunch and Dinner Menu $14-$29