Magic Mountain Saloon
62 Little Collins St
03 9078 0078
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Parliament Station sits Magic Mountain Saloon: where cocktails, modern Thai flavours and sultry vibes combine to produce a venue that any explorer would want to climb.
Two triangular, neon mountains mark the entrance to the black building on the corner of Westwood Place and Little Collins Street, serving up Thai-style breakfast, lunch and dinner with an Anglo twist. The long opening hours and diverse offerings mean Magic Mountain Saloon offers a different experience every time you visit. A er waking up from a big night out, pop in for breakfast and recover with a morning cocktail. The bar holds an exciting selection of wines, spritzers, beers and contemporary cocktails, so don’t hold back if you’d like to start the day with a Bucks Fizz!
Magic Mountain Saloon is found in a two-storey, 19th-century building, and takes its name from a famous Thomas Mann novel ‘The Magic Mountain’. It’s just one of the venues from the dream team behind Cookie, The Toff in Town, Boney and Colonel Tan’s, and is Melbourne’s manifesto to a new way of dining. Executive Chef, Karen Batson, owner, Camillo Ippoliti and architect, Phillip Schemnitz prove – once again – that eating can be a mind-altering journey.
At Magic Mountain Saloon, wood-fired meats and vegetables, fresh salads, stir fries and curries are sizzling with Thai flavours. On the menu, the Holy Trinity stands out, consisting of eye fillet wrapped in cured pork belly; chicken and white mushroom sausage, and king prawns served with coleslaw and salad greens.
Karen Batson’s inspiration for the menu is a combination of everything she loves from her Anglo heritage, fused with her love of Thai cuisine. The Chicken and Kaffir Lime Scotched Egg is a perfect example: the humble scotched egg gets a Thai revamp with a spicy outer layer of fresh ground chicken, chilli and flavoursome kaffir balanced with a delicious tamarind sauce and all topped with Karen’s favourite crispy onion rings.
The journey to this mountain begins on the street and continues all the way through to the mezzanine, where the DJ booth is pumping out tunes, through to the second-floor bar and dining areas. It’s the perfect end to a delicious climb through tastes and textures.
Magic Mountain is a shapeshifting venue where every corner offers a unique vibe – from the bar and intimate nooks to the tables and communal marble benches. The architect’s choice of natural materials such as stone and wood, mixed with industrial steel, give a nostalgic but contemporary feel. Magic Mountain Saloon’s ability to transform means its customer base is ever- evolving, and every visitor can create their own little space.