It is often hard for new restaurants to find their feet in among the competitive, bustling entertainment precinct that is Chapel Street, Melbourne.
Sister of Society appears to have broken the mould, experiencing immense success since first opening its doors a month ago.
Sister of Society describes itself as an eatery, beer house and late night venue. The restaurant strays from traditional table and chair settings, with an open plan layout consisting mainly of stools and low booths. When teamed with the dim lighting and laidback RnB music, a relaxed, sultry atmosphere is created.
S.O.S owner (who wishes to remain anonymous, which in my opinion adds to the venue’s allure) hopes the restaurant can be seen as a refuge for all visitors.
“This is a place you can go to relax and talk to people. A place that helps you forget whatever is on your mind, and allows you to leave in a happy state.”
The owner says the she couldn’t be happier with the reception Sister of Society has received.
“The venue has seen rave success so far. Our Saturday nights have been around a 40 minute wait to get a table,” she explains proudly. “We have had one hundred percent positive reviews since opening.”
The relaxed vibe extends itself to the menu, where you can find a range of share plates, designed to eat a little differently.
“We had a will to break the rules of tradition a little bit; beautiful food, made to share with your hands,” says the owner.
That’s right, the menu encourages you to forget your table manners and get a bit sticky as you dig into the delicious share options. These include mouth-watering selections such as sticky braised beef tacos, karaage sake chicken wings, and zesty marinated BBQ prawns.
This writer’s personal favourite is the grilled halloumi with salted watermelon; an unlikely flavour combination that immediately makes you wonder why you have never thought of it before.
The share food can be paired with your choice from the global list of craft beers, or one of the delicious cocktail options. This includes a “Toblerone” cocktail, which tastes just as good as it sounds.
After investing so much love, time and energy into the creative process, the owner is thrilled to be seeing the concept of S.O.S coming to life.
“The love and journey we have been through to create Sister of Society shows on our plates. Our chef is aware winning, our produce is sourced locally, and our welcome is warm.
“We have gone above and beyond with every one percent to ensure each customer leaves with a smile, and tells a friend.”
The venue is full of fun little quirks, including a message on the menu that states “strictly no texting your Ex after 11pm”.
Great food, great vibes and great advice; what more could you ask for?!
254 Chapel Street,