A few weeks back, after watching an early session of "Thank You for Smoking" at Melbourne Central, we decided to try the mysterious SOS restaurant. It is the strangest place to have a restaurant, opposite Tomotachi and near the La Trobe and Swanston Street elevators. The first time that I came across the secret entrance, it reminded me of a Japanese karaoke lounge bar.
Entering from a black sliding door, you are immediately in a short doorway that reminded me of a marble forest. I can't remember whether there were bird recording overhead. But they might as well have had. Then you enter a colour dining area with bar on the left side and long benches on the other.
I read on Melbourne Citysearch that they specialise in organic seafood and vegetables. But they don't serve meat. I forgot to tell M that, otherwise he would not have entered. Everything on the menu, sounded delicious. As I had a large box of popcorn, I wasn't too hungry so I went for the Carpaccio and tartare of Australian salmon with black olive sauce citrus fruit and basil, while M had Scampi with wild mushroom ragu and fregola. We ordered a side of Spinach, turnip tops and chicory sautéed with muscatels and pine nuts - which was absolutely delicious! Topping it off, we had the Chocolate and lemon Pannacotta - interesting combination.
The service was attentative and friendly, which made the whole dining experience relaxing. I still don't like the bench sharing concept, especially not for fine dining. Would I go again, yes I would but could I drag M to go with me again there - probably not. Any takers?!!
22/03/07 Update: SOS has changed its concept and new chef is Riccardo Momesso.
Level 3Melbourne Central
211 La Trobe Street
03 9654 0808