Abacus is located very close at the heart of Chapel Street. We instantly fell in love with the building and the high ceiling restaurant with lots of greeneries which we love so much. Love the semi open air restaurant with chilling vibe and really nice place to stay around hanging out with friends or families over drinks. We’re so excited to be invited to try their new menu.
We tried their coffee and it was amazing albeit the size is a bit smaller than what we expected. Since we do not drink alcohol much we opted for their amazing fresh ice tea. You heard it right, I must say this is one of the fanciest and yummiest iced tea we’ve ever tried. Refreshing! 🙂
Behold our extensive lists of what we had tried during our visit. Since it was quite a lot, we’ll try to make it as succinct as possible.
Portobello mushroom fries – perfectly fried panko, with soy sauce and sriracha on the side – light soy mayo with tangy soy with light umami taste.
Japanese fried lakes entrance gummy shark – our absolute favorite! the texture is a hybrid of breast and thigh of chicken. no fishy smell at all. dressed with light yuzu mayo with chili cut absolutely spot on. Don’t bite on the chilli cut if u cant eat spicy though.
Flinders ranges wallaby carpaccio – first time eating wallaby meat and it was not bad at all with refreshing watermelon at the bottom of the carpaccio and a hint of tanginess from ginger aioli on top. Fresh and unique dish!
Speck & gruyere croquette – two very soft and creamy pumpkin like color croquettes with speck (Italian ham) and a small but strong cube of gruyere (tangy cheese) with mildura orange and beetroot pickle. Worth trying.
Chicken liver parfait – super beautiful presentation with colorful baguettes with kumquat, pistachio, pickles and lavosh on the side. First time trying and we can tell that the texture is so smooth but probably this will be our last since we don’t too fancy chicken liver in the end.
Seafood linguine – homemade linguine with crab, scallops, smoked paprika, chilli with mild seafood ragu and topped with crispy salt bushes.
Whole market fish cooked with confit shallots and fried seymour greens. Beautifully cooked and definitely great size for sharing.
Tiramisu: creamy tiramisu made using batch brew hence the strong overall coffee taste and balanced with sweetness from the caramel and coffee soil on top. Amazing dessert to conclude our amazing night 🙂
Overall, the service was amazing and swift. Every dish was plated beautifully and amazing. The selection of the menu is very unique and adventurous. Love how they sourced all their main ingredients locally too. Also, you might need to check the timing between transition from lunch and dinner if you actually came for early dinner like us. All of appetizers will be available but the main will not be available not until the dinner time starts.
Note: We’d like to say thank you to Abacus’ team for having us.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time
Yay: Portobello mushroom fries, Japanese fried lakes entrance gummy shark, Flinders ranges wallaby carpaccio, Speck & gruyere croquette, Chicken liver parfait, Seafood linguine, Whole market fish cooked with confit shallots and fried seymour greens, Tiramisu
Location: 383 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne
Phone: +613 9824 1026