By Asleen Mauthoor
St. Collins Lane shopping precinct opened its new food hall last month, adding to its array of eateries at the fashion and dining destination.
Located on Level 2, the food hall provides shoppers with a fast, casual eating experience, offering culturally-diverse cuisine, now with a strong Japanese influence.
In a first for Melbourne’s CBD, at Sushi Boto diners can watch their meals arrive by boat via a water channel – a variation on the traditional sushi train. Alternatively, foodies can get creative by building their own healthy bowl from the freshest ingredients at Poke Workshop, the sister restaurant to the popular Nosh.
The new Saint Dreux cafe offers Japanese-inspired coffee and features a katsu sando bar for an exotic alternative to the club sandwich.
Rounding out the new retailers, Meat the Challenge allows shoppers low on energy to pack in some protein with its hearty Texan-style smoked meats and barbecue selection.
These new eateries extend the precinct’s range of international options, which also include Italian, Indian and South-East Asian. The extension of St. Collins Lane’s food choices is a timely response to Melbourne’s increasing fascination with global food trends.
St. Collins Lane offers an interesting retail experience. Designed by the award-winning ARM Architects, the precinct opened in 2016 and has become a shopping destination for workers, residents and visitors to the CBD.
It is conveniently located near the city’s bustling laneways and fronts the lower end of elegant Collins St. One of the most distinctive features of the building complex is the emerald sculpture lightscape, evocative of sun-dappled foliage, which brings an element of the natural world to this otherwise urban environment.
The seating in the new food hall is in keeping with the bold theme of the decor throughout the complex, with a mix of outdoor and dark oak bentwood furniture and bronze table bases. Its design complements the distinctive style of the precinct’s retail offerings.
Shoppers can enjoy a mix of more than 40 local and international designer labels sourced from Europe, the UK, the USA and New Zealand.
St. Collins Lane is the home of Debenhams’ Australian flagship department store, and Melbourne’s only Leica Store and Gallery.
There’s also a selection of exclusive boutiques showcasing iconic brands such as TAG Heuer, Furla, Maje, Birkenstock and Coach, which specialise in fashion, beauty products and accessories, including luxury leather goods, jewellery and watches.
St. Collins Lane is located at 260 Collins St, Melbourne
For more information, visit: www.stcollinslane.com.au