Mister Jennings
142 Bridge Rd, Richmond
VIC 3121

As far as experience goes, it’s hard to top Ryan Flaherty, head chef at, and owner of, Mr Jennings. This 35-seat gem – named after his favourite childhood author, Paul Jennings – is his finest achievement.

The menu is a succession of gentle surprises, but without the pretension that so often appears at this level of dining. A melt-in-the-mouth kangaroo carpaccio and a boudin blanc dagwood dog make it clear Flaherty has picked up a few tricks on his travels. That’s the fancy stuff. For the less adventurous, there’s also simple food done really well; steak and chips, or fish and greens.

The wine list was curated by Lincoln Riley (of Stokehouse), and much of it available in 100 millilitre tasting pours.

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