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The Moat - Elegance in the Hub of Learning
The Moat is a classy and elegant restaurant located deep in a 19th Century iconic building. Walk off Little Lonsdale into a basement and into a hub of Learning. Surrounded by The Wheeler Centre, State Library of Victoria and Writers Festival, it is a place you may encounter the cultured and academia. In my few visits the clientele appear to be professionals and academics.
Be impressed with bluestone walls (although painted over), the classic lighting, the open kitchen, the bookcases and iconic books, old time clock, fireplace and artwork. The interior was designed by Christo Gillard.
You are also impressed by the lower level outdoor dining area off Little Lonsdale with large tables and artifical turf.
I dined here alone and sat at a marble top table opposite an imposing bookcase. I asked whether I could actually read these books while I dined, including a John Howard autobiography as well as Bob Ellis and Mike Carlton classics and various political commentaries. I was told they have a book exchange program. The State Library kicked off the program in donating some great books. I wondered what I needed to trade to get the John Howard book?
The Moat features fine foodie cuisine and has a great atmosphere for groups and indeed a romantic occasion. While Friday nights are packed and busy and loud, Saturday nights are more relaxed and great for that romantic night out. Lunch times are also popular at The Moat.
The cuisine at The Moat is highly impressive with modern fare with Italian and Middle Eastern influences.
I ordered the Spicy beef stew with eggplant and lentiles with fresh bread. This was a fabulous lunch meal at a reasonable price.
Having had the coffee here, it is also fabulous. You can even grab a morning coffee through their service window facing Little Lonsdale.
Or you can grab a glass of wine and enjoy a Carpaccio or some Jamon, or Mount Keira cured lamb. Not to mention a Quinoa salad.
For larger meals there are superb options of Parwin goat curry, Braised lamb and Moat-made meat balls.
Service was engaging and professional, the type expected of a fine dining restaurant.
The Moat is a stylish, interesting and impressive restaurant in the heart of the CBD.