What’s Grub Got To Do With It? The best Preston Date Spot? Stray Neighbour.
Grub has got everything to do with it when it comes to the best Preston date spot. So if you’re looking to impress a date in Matt Lane’s hood, come to Stray Neighbour.
In this season’s final episode of “What’s Grub Got To Do With It,” our host Matt Lane, co-owner of Mamasita, took his beautiful wife Jen to their Preston date spot, Stray Neighbour. The open-aired space puts guests of any variety at ease with a combination of adorable puppy artwork and bright green plants placed strategically throughout. Nothing says welcome quite like sitting on a tree stump, sipping on a beer and staring at a mural of a dog as you await a Little Rump Steak.
Andrew Chew, Ben and Daniel Stray’s new and rather welcome addition to the area (and the owner of (hint hint) Chew Burger – check them out in Hood Food Guide: Preston) makes a play on the co-owners’ surnames along with their understandable affinity for the canine class. One of the first things you notice when you walk into the large space is the puppy-handles over the 12 beer taps, all craft and Aussie or Kiwi, thank you very much. They get a bit more exotic in the bottle, and have a superb wine list to back it up and take you into romantic date world.
If you’re coming to Stray Neighbour for a classy Preston date, bring someone who shares your appreciation for a modern European menu with a heavy French influence. The precise and exquisite food complements the relaxed and elegant space, so you should feel rightfully encouraged to order a few things off the menu and share. Think of it as foreplay. As you make your way from Spanish Mackerel on Black Sticky Rice with a Mushroom Escabeche to Tempura Zucchini Flowers with Heirloom Tomatoes, house-made Ricotta and back-of-house grown Basil, the lights will dim and the music will turn up. Finish her off with a classic Creme Brulee and a White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Coconut topping.
463-467 Plenty Rd.
Preston, VIC, 3072
03 9471 1948
Open Tues-Thurs 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 3pm-10pm.
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Words by Rebecca Bellan