285 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
It’s ok, I promise Naked in the Sky isn’t the name of a seedy XXX bar and yes, all visitors are required to wear clothes, (although based on a recent visit, some do wear less than others). What it is, is a really impressive roof top bar, only accessible by one small lift located in the back of Naked for Satan’s Brunswick Street restaurant. It’s quite a funny sight when entering the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon to see most of the tables empty, but this huge queue of people waiting to catch the lift upstairs. Once you’re transported up a few levels and you enter the Spanish inspired bar with its million dollar views of the city, it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn here time and time again.
Offering a killer drinks list dominated by a large selection of house infused vodkas and an impressive Basque inspired tapas menu, which includes a good mix of small and large, meat and vegetable based sharing plates. By all reports this is one of those must do Melbourne dining experiences. A quick review of the menu had me agreeing with everything I’d previously read. I could have easily ordered all of the dishes on this menu but unfortunately my stomach can only handle so much food so we opted for 5 dishes. We kicked things off with the Fried Zucchini Flowers stuffed with a pea, mascarpone and mint mixture, and accompanied by some lemon aioli. The delicious flowers and stuffing were encased in crisp fried shell that was pretty much perfect. Full of flavour, this was a great example of how zucchini flowers should be cooked.
Next up was the Grilled Beef Eye Fillet Skewers with Padron peppers and Grilled Octopus with potato puree and sweet smoked paprica. These were completely different dishes but both had similar characteristics. The meat was tender, flavoursome and cooked perfectly. Enjoyable to eat, silence fell over our table as we cleaned up every bit of food on each plate.
The highlight of our evening was the Baked Camembert. Stuffed with truffle paste and chestnuts, then accompanied by some crispy ciabatta, this dish was simply divine. Oh and here’s the kicker, I don’t normally like Camembert, but this was good enough to convert even the harshest of critics. It was rich, creamy and oh so indulgent. The mix of truffle and chestnut is sheer genius. This dish is an absolute must for anyone visiting and for those that have already experienced its goodness, it calls for a return visit.
Table bookings are only available on week days, so if visiting on a weekend I suggest arriving early. If not, be prepared to wait. We arrived for an early dinner at 5.30pm before we were due to meet friends for drinks and even at that early time slot, we only just secured the last available table. By 6pm there was a nice queue forming for the next sitting.
So if you’re looking for a great spot to dine with friends or even with that someone special, take the lift up to Naked in the Sky. And even if you have to wait for a table, grab a vodka and enjoy the beautiful skyline of the outdoor terrace, it’ll be the most enjoyable wait you’ve ever had.