The Naked Finn @ Gillman Barracks

I found a new fav place to eat at in town! Dropped by The Naked Finn for supper one evening. Wanted to snack on something because dinner prior was not filling enough.

It’s not stated on the menu online, but it’s $168 for a 2-person set menu, and $358 for a 4-person set. Sounds pricey, but it is seafood after all. I was at Melben a few days before and we paid $90 for 2 people, with far less food. And wasn’t someone charged $300 for tiger prawns at Newton hawker centre before? The price you pay at Naked Finn you get a whole slew of different shellfish in much more elegant cooking styles 🙂

When we walked in the guy told us, “No reservations? We are fully booked. You need to book with us 2-3 weeks in advance!” It was very crowded indeed but lucky for us, one group cancelled just then and we got a table! But I noticed that if you walk in past 10pm you probably could get a table. It closes at 2am anyway, and I highly recommend this place for supper.

We noticed that half the crowd shared the same optician. Thick round black specs. Read: hipster habitat. I mean, it was Gillman Barracks. That said, it’s a very small and quiet place, about 7 tables. And the crowd was young but definitely discerning.

So here you are seated and given a menu, and you place your orders at the counter + help yourself to the ice water. I think this really helps in the short-staffed problem and more places should adopt this. I can imagine being really frustrated if I had to keep flailing my arms to catch a waiter’s attention all night. This system ensured smoother service. That said, the waiters are still very helpful and friendly, and are always ready to guide you through the menu if you need.

Grilled Baby Indian Squids (Single serving, $8) – This came first, and we saw it as an indicator for the rest of the menu. It’s lightly salted and mostly focuses on the natural flavour of the super fresh squid. No fancy dressing or curries/whatever, just simple and natural flavour.

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Flambe giant tiger prawns (12 pieces, $35). Same with the squid, these were really fresh prawns that were simply seasoned. So yummy. It’s definitely quite filling. I stopped at 4.

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Cocktails! So they also specialize in cocktails here. Presentation is simple. But they do have very interesting concoctions – and I love that they use real fruit.

Ordered the following:

  • Rockmelon + orange + Yaegaki nigori sake + Hendrick’s gin
  • Orange + pink guava + Cointreau + Kronenbourg BLANC 1664

Both were ice blended and very refreshing.

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I can’t stop swooning over this place. New fav place in town! Can’t wait to go back again! The concept is really simple but you know you’re getting the best quality and best food.

Gillman Barracks, 41 Malan Road
66940807

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