Head to the base of St Kilda’s new and luxurious Saint Moritz precinct. There, you’ll find LOTI, or Lady of the Ice. Built upon the site of the original St. Moritz ice rink, which burned down in the 80s, this seaside destination is the perfect place to sip on cocktails and share a meal with your loved ones. LOTI will open in St Kilda on Wednesday June 22.
LOTI in St Kilda
The kitchen is spearheaded by Head Chef Elijah Holland, who has previously worked at Lume, NOMA Australia and Aria. Striving to make everything from scratch, Holland cooks over an open flame and uses methods like fermentation, preserving and curing to create his dishes.
“My menu is inspired by nature, the coast and the history of St Kilda,” said Holland. “We are visiting local producers weekly, foraging centuries-old wild, native and naturalised botanical, and using new-age cooking techniques to form seasonal and approachable dishes that are packed full of flavour and hero our Victorian produce.”
If you’re looking for a quick bite, there’s tasty snacks like butter poached and grilled scampi skewer. Enjoy share plates like an ‘Ice Rink’ ceviche of market fish, or artichoke tarte tatin with brandy-washed cow milk cheese. Settle in for the night with larger mains, like whole lobster butter poached and wrapped in kelp or BBQ rack of Turbot ribs. Continue the meal with Baked l’Artisan raclette and pumpkin vol au vent. Then, indulge in dessert with Victorian-sourced saffron ice cream or burnt marshmallow sorbet with macadamia honey and coastal tea tree.
Drinks at LOTI
Meanwhile, the drinks list is carefully curated in collaboration with specialists from Sweet&Chilli, overseen by co-owner Cameron Northway. On the cocktail menu, you’ll find familiar classics with native herbs, locally-made spirits and unique garnishes.
The wine list will focus on biodynamic and organic Australian wine producers. But, there will also be an extensive international reserve list for those looking something a little more luxurious.
There will also be locally roasted coffee from ST. ALi, house-made pressed juices and locally sourced beers and spirits.
The bar is split across the restaurant’s two sides, so you can choose to come in for a casual drink, or stay longer for dinner.
LOTI will open in St Kilda on Wednesday June 22. Bookings are available now.