If Woody P were to introduce himself he would give you a firm handshake and a cheeky smile. He would be charming, gregarious, a little unpredictable, but a hell of a lot of fun.
Positioned on Flinders Lane, the city’s most dynamic food precinct, Woody P is an exciting new addition to Melbourne’s bourgeoning range of restaurants and drinking spots.
Due to open in May, the highly anticipated venue will offer a fun, relaxed social destination that will cater to a broad range of dining experiences.
Spearheaded by Head Chef Clinton Camilleri, Woody P will showcase a produce-driven menu with Camelleri’s vast experience no doubt set to add a unique element to the Mediterranean flavours.
Over the past decade, Camilleri has built up an impressive portfolio of culinary experience. Working extensively in kitchens throughout rural Victoria (Eleonore’s Restaurant in the Yarra Valley, Royal George Hotel in Kyneton and the much-awarded Lake House in Daylesford), Camilleri has recently been the Head Chef of the Healesville Hotel, where he achieved the 2014 Good Age Food Guide Regional Restaurant of the Year. Leading a team of skilled chefs, Camilleri is joined by Venue Manager Brent Scales, who has recently worked as Restaurant Manager for Stokehouse Café in St Kilda and opened the Stokehouse City Bar.
While the food will win the hearts of many Melburnians, Woody P’s beverage list also plays a very strong suit. Further paying homage to the city’s rich European heritage, the wine list offers a developed and thoughtful range of varietals, focusing on local appellations. The cocktails will be developed around an aperitvo style of drinking culture, showcasing the best aperitifs from home and abroad.
Woody P is designed by Eades and Bergman, the creative force behind Kong, Taxi Kitchen, Mr Miyagi and The Meatball and Wine Bar. Offering a series of comfortable and discrete spaces, each with its own unique look and feel, the interior is composed of polished timber floors, exposed brick walls, textured glass and contemporary pendant lighting. Highlights include a sophisticated bar area with a tiled feature wall and suspended planted hangers. Woody P also comprises a large outdoor dining area where diners can eat and drink among greenery, lanterns and bluestone floors, a nod to Melbourne’s rich architectural heritage.
A feast for the eyes and the palette, Woody P is set to establish a cult following with Melburnians and travellers alike.