Pod @ Post Industrial Design, 638 Barkly Stree, West Fooscray. Phone: 0400 193 038
Pod in West Footscray has something special on show.
Chef Jess has come into a possession of a collection of perfect-nick menus from famous – legendary even – Melbourne restaurants of the 1970s.
They have been mounted on a wall adjacent to Pod’s kitchen – and, yes, you’re very welcome to go and check them out!
I was fascinated reading them – check out the prices for starters!
So far as I can see, there’s nothing priced above $5 in the three examples below.
I even spotted a handful of establishments that I had dined out at least once my own self.
The display includes menus from The Eltham Barrel, Didjeridoo, Tolarno, Geoff Brooke’s Steak Cave, Nutcracker, Sukiyaki, Maxims, Pickwick, Bird & Bottle, Charley Browns, Lamplighter, Mayfair, Society Restaurant, Fanny’s, Two Faces, The Reef, The Gallery, Bernardis, The Terrace, La Bouillabaisse, Cafe Florentino, Golden Phoenix, Coonara Springs, Beefeater, Stage Coach Inn, Jamaica, Casa Manna and Omar Khayyam.
As you can see, with few exceptions they are pretty much all of variations of one sort or another on French, Italian, steak and seafood. And represent, I’m guessing, a large swathe of the then extant Melbourne restaurant mafia!