Bouzy Rouge

Bouzy Rouge.
Bouzy Rouge. Photo: Supplied

470 Bridge Road Richmond, Victoria 3121

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Opening hours Mon-Sun 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Features Outdoor seating, Bar, Accepts bookings, Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Private dining, Licensed, Romance-first date, Events
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef James Smyth, Jake Guthrie
Seats 70
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 9429 4348

BYO zebra print. Trade winds have long blown a game motif into this corner pub transformed in its own way into a Moroccan souk meets Arabian harem meets game-park safari tent on a Moorish night. It’s a cultural pastiche, sure, beginning with antlers on the outside wall, but it’s also an interior of irony (the disco mirror-ball bull’s head) and just a little French colonial theatricality. So think snails in garlic butter and duck-liver parfait, in a menu steeped otherwise in the robust flavours of the Iberian peninsula. Comfort is king, as with a tomato-based Portuguese seafood stew with risoni pasta, or Spanish paella that is as it should be: smoky, spicy, chorizo-salty, and toasted on its bottom. Tapas range from roasted flat mushrooms with the creamy goodness of leek bechamel sauce with sheep’s milk manchego cheese, to the no-fuss playfulness of a special of anchovy fillets direct from the tin. Rock the kasbah? It’s nightly, with whimsy, and always warmed by the crowd.

AND … Now open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays for churros with molten chocolate.

VIBE Jungle drums and sangria jugs.
BEST BIT The paella.
WORST BIT Occasional service glitches.




Vibe Jungle drums and sangria jugs.

Best bit The paella.                     

Worst bit Occasional service glitches.