Although Hardware Lane is a regular for many tourists to Melbourne, as locals our visits to this famous laneway in the recent years has been far and few between. However, it seems that just in the last couple of years, it has undergone a revival with the opening of many restaurants and cafes that we keep returning to.
One such restaurant is Nieuw Amsterdam, located at the very top of Hardware Lane. A New York style bar and eatery, Nieuw Amsterdam is set over 2 levels with the light-filled restaurant on the top floor and the late night bar downstairs open till 5am.
Having recently launched their new menu, the We Know Melbourne team went along to try it out. We started off the evening with the Jammy Hendricks cocktail – Hendrick’s Gin, Rose Liqueur, Lemon Cucumber Jam, with a splash of Prosecco – with perfect fresh summer flavours, this drink could easily be drunk on it’s own or complemented with some lighter dishes.
For starters we had the Zucchini Flower Poppers, Chicken Nuggets and Salmon Ceviche. Each flavour distinct on it’s own, the standout was the Zucchini Flower Poppers fried and stuffed with jalapeno and cream cheese. How can anyone go wrong with anything fried with cheese?!
To go with our mains, we drank the Man of Blood (a frightening name) – bursting with flavour – Tapatio Anejo, Solerno, Suze, Hellfire Habanero Shrub served with Gentian Toffee.
Mains included the Rainbow Trout, Grilled Octopus and Flinders Island Lamb Rack. Now we’re not normally big meat eaters, but the Lamb Rack really stood out for us. The meat was juicy and tender and the sherry jus completed the dish.
By this point, we were stuffed but when we heard there was banana split for dessert we just couldn’t say no. Topped with peanut butter custard and peanut brittle, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that this split was one of the best ones we’ve had in Melbourne. There we said it, if you’re going to have dinner at Nieuw Amsterdam, make sure you leave room for this one, it’s worth it.
Niuew Amsterdam is located at 106-112 Hardware St, Melbourne and is open until 3am most nights and 5am on Saturdays and Sundays.