Melbourne's new seafood spot Pinchy's is the reel deal

Seafood dishes being served up at Pinchy's Champagne and Lobster Bar.
Seafood dishes being served up at Pinchy's Champagne and Lobster Bar.  Photo: Supplied

Seafood lovers will be tickled pink with the opening of Pinchy's Champagne and Lobster Bar, just in time for relaxed pre-Christmas catch ups.

Situated upstairs in Bourke Street's old MidCity Arcade, the playful pink-hued eatery and bar takes its seafood snack game seriously, with Executive Chef Pierre Khodja (ex Camus, Canvas, Terminus Restaurant) casting out classics - lobster rolls, oysters, anchovy on toast - as well soon-to-be classics - scallop on black risotto, stuffed calamari, and salted cod and prawn head sandwiches among them, to a predominantly young, fun crowd, from lunch 'til late.

Champagne, as the name suggests, is also a focus, with French bubbles flowing by the glass or bottle, and champagne cocktails adding extra fizz factor.

Pretty in pink at Pinchy's Champagne and Lobster Bar,.
Pretty in pink at Pinchy's Champagne and Lobster Bar,. Photo: Supplied

Inside is bright, poppy, fun, with a variety of seating options from stools to slinky velour banquettes providing seating for up to 75. If the weather's kind, however, make a beeline for the spacious balcony. Bedecked with daybeds and overlooking a scenic stretch of Bourke Street, it might just be one of the hottest spots of the summer. Especially if you're the shellfish type.

Good for: Casual catch ups. Seafood lovers. Instagrammers.
Vegetarian and vegan options: Yes, a handful of both.
Open: 11.30am til late Wednesday to Sunday.

Level 1, 200 Bourke Street, Melbourne pinchys.co