Lona Misa Bar & Kitchen will officially open its doors from Friday, 16 April, within the new designer hotel Ovolo South Yarra. The collaboration between Ovolo and celebrated Melbourne chefs Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters) and Ian Curley (French Saloon, Kirk’s Wine Bar) will boast a vegan and vegetarian menu set in a lively Latin dining experience.
The 90-seater restaurant, designed by award-winning agency Luchetti Krelle, serves as a café during the day before transitioning into a restaurant and wine bar at night, allowing for a complete dining experience no matter the time at all times.
With a strong focus on local produce and fresh ingredients, the menus have been created to showcase a zero waste and sustainable approach, leveraging both Curley and Martinez’s farm-to-table experience, and embracing Martinez’s Latin heritage.
The all-day menu is made up of snacks and small plates, big plates, and sides, with an entire section dedicated to the ‘Josper’: an innovative Spanish oven that grills over charcoal at a very high heat.
Lona Misa is the only local plant-based restaurant to use such a technique.
Snacks include chargrilled whole baby corn with ancho chilli and coffee mayonnaise, oyster mushroom ceviche, and queso con chorizo. Big plates featured are Chille Relleno En Nogada and the Brazilian seafood stew, Moqueca.
Lona Misa also offers a breakfast menu with a selection of Spanish favourites such as ‘The Full Spanish’ and the ‘Breakfast Burrito’.
Kombucha is on tap while Latin inspired cocktails and house-made sodas are creatively crafted using the local and sustainably-sourced ingredients, inspired by Melbourne’s lush green gardens and botanical wonders.
The wine list highlights the classics as well lesser-known regions and varieties, carefully tailored to compliment the chefs’ root-to-stem philosophy and represent these small growers who protect their land with minimal impact.
Lona Misa Bar & Kitchen
234 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne
(03) 9116 2000
Breakfast: Monday – Sunday 6:30am – 10:30am
All-day dining café: Monday – Sunday 11am–11pm
Dinner: Thursday – Saturday 5:30pm–11 pm
Bar: Monday – Sunday 11am–11 pm