Botherambo

By day Botherambo is a sunny Asian eatery and by night it’s a buzzing, neon-lit animal. Drop in on this Richmond gem for pan-Asian food and $6 beers!

Price

$$$$$

Where

65 Swan Street, Richmond

Hours

Sun – Thurs: 12.00pm – 11.00pm. Fri – Sat: 12.00pm – 1.00am

Phone

9428 9730

Good for

  • South-East Asian cuisine
  • cocktails
  • beer specials
  • takeaway
  • vegetarian options
  • large groups (sizes of 8-12 can book ahead)
  • share plates

It’s all happening on Swan Street at the moment. First came Gelato Messina, Jimmy Grants is opening next week and now Belle’s Hot Chicken is on the way. They must have known things were getting exciting down in Richmond. Let’s also not forget the amazing eateries that lined the street well before all the buzz arrived (looking at you Feast of Merit, Meat Mother, Union Dining).

Adding some additional culinary chop to the already brimming street has been the addition of Botherambo – a restaurant and bar hotspot that is already making an impact. They were recently nominated for ‘People’s Choice’ at this year Time Out Food Awards thanks to their bold South East Asian flavours and extensive list of complimentary cocktails.

The vibes are über hip, with the décor creating an urban jungle sprawl comprised of exposed brick, and concrete flooring with an eye-catching jungle mural on the back wall. By day the space is flooded with light, allowing the natural wood and plant fixtures their time to show off before the converts into a buzzing neon-lit bar at night.

Like all trendy Melbourne restaurants there are, of course, no bookings. However, there is an attached bar that is the ideal place to peruse their impressive drinks menu and smash out your menu game plan with your dining companions. Not impressed by waiting times? The $6 on tap Singha beers might change your mind. If that doesn’t do it for you, then you can also take a peek at their nifty takeaway menu.

The menu is chock-full of the bold and punchy South Eastern flavours we all seem to go crazy for. Starters include single mouthfuls of stuffed betel leaves to get the palate ready for the feast ahead. Fillings include the likes of spanner crab, pomelo, chili, coriander and crispy shallots or jasmine tea smoked tofu with pickled bean shoots and chili for a tempting vegetarian option.
It’s worth noting that everything here is designed to share.

There are smaller share dishes and salads that allow you to try an array of different things, items like crispy fried squid tentacles and BBQ pork neck provide the perfect segue before heading to the heartier larger sharing plates. It’s these dishes that really shine on the menu and make Botherambo stand out from the crowd of other similar pan-Asian eateries across Melbourne.

Their signature beef cheek with kohlrabi and salted prawn is the perfect winter accompaniment along with their flash-fried baby spanner or maybe their Pad Kee Mao ½ chicken. It’s good to see a restaurant that has some creative flare with its vegetarian options too, offering up an intriguing orange tofu curry with snake beans, white cloud fungus, kaffir lime and elephant ears – not what you think, it’s fried dough!

While Swan Street is awash with dining options, there was definitely a gap in market for something like Botherambo. Richmond may already be known for their abundant Asian restaurants thanks to Victoria Street, but we readily welcome an option that’s refined, supremely authentic and comes with a big personality.

Photography by Botherambo.

Price

$$$$$

Where

65 Swan Street, Richmond

Hours

Sun – Thurs: 12.00pm – 11.00pm. Fri – Sat: 12.00pm – 1.00am

Phone

9428 9730

Good for

  • South-East Asian cuisine
  • cocktails
  • beer specials
  • takeaway
  • vegetarian options
  • large groups (sizes of 8-12 can book ahead)
  • share plates
  1. 1Botherambo
    65 Swan Street, Richmond

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