What’s Good Wednesdays: Casey Wall

Melbourne Chef Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons, Bar Liberty, Above Board and Drinkwell for Hood Food Guide's What's Good Wednesdays

05 Apr What’s Good Wednesdays: Casey Wall

Melbourne’s Best Restaurants Right Now, According to Melbourne’s Best Chefs and Pros, Every Wednesday.

Next up? Casey Wall, Exec Chef and co-owner of Rockwell and Sons, Bar Liberty, Drinkwell, Above Board and our host across three shows to discover Collingwood’s best restaurants.

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You’ll know if a Melbourne hit list is worth your time if it has Wall’s Double Patty Smash Burger, Pressed Rib Sandwich, and Wednesday Night Fried Chicken Dinners listed. Now, that list better have his latest venues, Bar Liberty and Drinkwell, on Fitzroy’s Johnston Street.

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“We’re a very tongue-in-cheek bar and bistro,” says Wall, nowadays spending more time as Head Chef at Bar Liberty and one of the four hospitality heavyweights behind the new space. Wall hatched the plan for Bar Liberty with his Rockwell & Sons co-owner Manu Potoi (and one of our two hosts for Hood Food Guide: Collingwood), 2015 Sommelier of the Year Banjo Harris Plane, and ex-manager of Attica Michael Bascetta. After spending their fair share of time in fine dining, these boys wanted to open a place where they could let their personalities loose.

WATCH: Treat Yo’Self: Collingwood’s Most Indulgent Dish w Casey Wall 

Wall’s love for high quality, accessible, comfortable venues that skip the bullshit and trends extends to both his venues, the venues he took you to in his Hood Food Guide episodes and now to his What’s Good Wednesday List.

Discover the Melbourne venues that are the real deal minus the trends and food bloggers – check out Chef Casey Wall’s five best Melbourne restaurants right now in his What’s Good Wednesday List.

1. Abbotsford – MOON DOG BREWERY & BAR (Beer + Pizza)

17 Duke St, Abbotsford, VIC, 3067

Perfect For:  Day Drinking / Al Fresco / Cheap Eats

WHY: The pizza van there has the best pizza in Melbourne – the guy who started up Lazer Pig moved on to Moon Dog. It’s like hanging out in someone’s basement bar – op shop furniture and what not. If you took someone on a first date here, you’ll get a good sense if they deserve a second one. Get down and support Josh Olchens and Carl Van Buuren, legends from a long line of European royalty.”

GO-TO DISH: “The ‘Don’t Hide The Salami’ is the one I almost always get, or the ‘Jamon San Diego’. And always beer.”

Moon Dog Brewery is Melbourne best bar and pizza says Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons and Bar LIberty


2. Collingwood – NIGHTHAWKS (Bar)

136 Johnston St, Collingwood, VIC, 3066

PERFECT FOR: Group Catch Up / Talking Shop

WHY: “Nighthawks is an awesome Melbourne bar, the vibe reminds me of a local New York bar a lot. It’s not trying to be anything other than exactly what it is, which is super fucking refreshing in this city.”

GO-TO DISH: “Just beer. All I drink is beer.”

Nighthawks in Fitzroy's best bar says Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons and Bar LIberty


3. Richmond – PHO CHU THE (Vietnamese)

270 Victoria St, Richmond, VIC, 3121

PERFECT FOR: Cheap Eats / Getting Cultural / Health Kick / Hangover Cure

WHY: “I probably eat here more than anywhere else. Anytime I can pump salty liquid back into my body after a big night, I’ll take it. It’s the best Pho on Victoria St and in Melbourne for sure. It’s always consistent.”

GO-TO DISH: “Get the Chicken Pho with all the chicken offal in it – heart, liver, breast meat, leg meat and crispy chicken skin.”

Phu Chu The is Melbourne's best pho Restaurant says Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons and Bar LIberty


4. Melbourne CBD – FLOWER DRUM (Chinese)

17 Market Lane, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

PERFECT FOR: Feeling Lux / Fine Dining

WHY: It’s completely different to every other fine dining restaurant in Melbourne. The service is insane, there’s just nothing like it. A lot of the other fine dining restaurants are all in the same vein of each other and driven by trends whereas Flower Drum is still doing what they’ve been doing for 30 + years and still doing it really, really well.

GO-TO DISH: “Make good friends with Jason so he hooks you up with this gluttonous Rice-stuffed Quail that’s off the menu.

Flower Drum is Melbourne's best fine dining Chinese Restaurant says Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons and Bar LIberty


5. North Melbourne – BEATRIX BAKES (Bakery/Cakes) 

688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne, 3051

Perfect For: Brunch / Treat Yo’Self

WHY: “I hit up Beatrix’s ALL the time. The best cakes you can get in Melbourne for sure and pretty inexpensive, too. A lot of people go there just for take away – it’s one of those “everything is good” places so you don’t have to think.”

GO-TO DISH: “They change the sandwiches up every day so I always get one of those.  Then I get two pieces of cake, a cookie, and anything else I can fit in my hands. They do this awesome espresso granite – I always get those on warm days.”

Beatrix Bakes is the best bakery in North Melbourne says Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons and Bar Liberty


That’s Chef Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons, Bar Liberty, Above Board and Drinkwell, and this is What’s Good!

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