Danish-inspired? So last season. This October ex-winemaker Tim Burvill brings Danish steakhouse concept A Hereford Beefstouw to Melbourne along with authentic tables, chairs, floorboards, light fittings and a team of six Danish builders to install them. Take that, imitators.
The Duckboard Place location (next to Pastuso) is a sibling for Burvill's Adelaide restaurant of the same name; the only southern hemisphere outposts of A Hereford Beefstouw, owned in partnership with Lars Damgaard who oversees 15 Scandinavian locations.
It's not a one-way street; Burvill is also a Hereford beef farmer (talented guy) and pretty soon his export-quality dry-aged South Australian beef, on the menu in Adelaide and Melbourne, will be shipped over to his Danish friends.
The group has brought on Danish designer Thomas Jensen for the Melbourne fitout: a single storey bar and dining room set around a central open kitchen based on the Danish outposts; however, Burvill says the concept isn't a chain but an institution. "They've been going for 45 years ... each restaurant is an evolution on the next."
The venue will have specific Melbourne touches (including an all-Victorian craft beer list) but the concept follows suit with a cute paper order form for self-selecting your chosen cut, degree of doneness and whether you'd like access to the unlimited salad bar.
A Hereford Beefstouw is due to open mid-October at 22 Duckboard Place; beefstouw.com.