Optic Kitchen + Bar – Federation Square

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Optic Kitchen + Bar is located at Federation Square, right next to the ACMI entrance, right where the old ACMI lounge used to be. I was really surprised how well it fit a niche that I had been looking for in the CBD Grid : a cheap, family friendly pub.

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Optic’s a really modern place, with¬†various seating arrangements including my personal family favourite, ginormous booths. It’s big and open, and I love the glass cabinet just behind the bar showing off some of their offerings.

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Now as I wrote earlier, this place is very kid friendly. They have a great little kids menu, including Nerdling favourite chicken and chips. What was surprising though was that this arrived in a little takeaway box, meaning that if your little one doesn’t finish their meal it’s easy enough to pack up and take away for later.

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The food itself is excellent. I ordered a medium rare steak with mashed potatoes and¬† rocket salad, and that’s what came out (the mash was in that little red pot). The steak came out closer to medium than rare but that was hardly a problem considering how well the rest was put together.

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Daisy had ordered fish and chips, and while she seems really happy with it, I just wanted to point out how sweet it is it comes wrapped in newspaper. Made as former suburbanites a little nostalgic.

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Overall, a great cheap feed for the whole family, and all too easy to access as well. Website is here.

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