212 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9654 4860
Escape the winter blues at Little Collins Street’s latest dining destination Hana. More Hawaiian oasis than urban bar, Hana is inspired by the beauty of the island where gorgeous views, incredible displays of nature and amazing flavours abound.
Hana is the brainchild of Matteo Bruno, who has spent much of his life exploring the coastal towns of Maui – one of which was Hana, the venue’s namesake. The seaside village can only be accessed after traversing mountainous jungle and spectacular waterfalls, but it is ultimately worth it in the end. Likewise, the venture into Melbourne’s CBD is worth it to experience the new venue.
Embodying the playful spirit of its namesake, Hana is ideal for all occasions making it a great place to catch up for dinner or drinks before a night out.
Matteo enlisted the help of Hawaiian born Head Chef, Mario Manabe, to craft the seafood-focused venue. A collaborator on Hana since the beginning, Mario has brought his experience working under chefs like Curtis Stone to the venue. Inspired by a childhood spent on the coast, Mario’s menu is almost exclusively raw seafood, with just a handful of savoury options served hot.
Diners can start a feast at Hana with a selection of individual plates, including the mudcrab with tempura apple and ginger; and the tapioca crisps with poke, avocado and yuzu. Move on to some larger share plates and let the seafood frenzy begin! Dishes such as kingfish with jalapeno and lemon ice, snapper ceviche with kumquat and tigers milk, or the grilled lobster with carrot and cardamom puree and pickled shitake are all excellent choices.
Still hungry? Try the sweet offerings, which include a Hawaiian favourite – Haupia (coconut pudding), as well as a pineapple and rum tart and a decadent lime cheesecake.
Cocktails take centre stage at Hana. Tiki focused and named after popular beaches and hidden waterfalls in Maui, the cocktails are fresh, fruity and tropical. Try the signature Hana Colada – a cool combo of coconut, pineapple juice and rum, or upgrade to a ‘volcano’ and enjoy the deliciousness with up to three friends.
If a Hana Colada doesn’t tickle your fancy, try the Honolua Bay Sharknado – an electrifying mix of dark rum, Cointreau, passionfruit, lime, orange and orgeat (a sweet syrup) served in a shark’s head tiki glass. The impressively themed cocktails are accompanied by a strong list of natural and biodynamic wines.
The space has been designed by Samantha Eades (Chin Chin, Hawker Hall, The Meatball & Wine Bar) and draws on neon pink, leafy wallpaper and pineapple-shaped light fittings to add to the overall tropical aesthetic.
If a tropical paradise is where you would rather be, head to Collins Street’s newest urban oasis, Hana, where the seafood is fresh, the cocktails are fruity and the space is about as tropical as you can get without boarding a flight.