6 reasons why Messer is the best place to host a corporate event in Fitzroy

There are many places you can hold a corporate event in Fitzroy. But if you’re looking for something more special than your standard team lunch at the pub or pizzeria and you’re not keen to spend your entire marketing budget on a fine-dining banquet, you’ve come to the right place.

Messer (that’s German for ‘knife’) is restaurant number two from Head Chef Ashley Davis and the team behind Copper Pot in Seddon. At Messer, you can enjoy a modern interpretation of the quintessential Berliner diner experience, minus the daggy lederhosen and tacky Oktoberfest memorabilia that you often find at some of Melbourne’s so-called German bierhausen

Here are 6 more reasons why you should choose Messer as your next venue for your corporate event:

1. Large capacity

You can book tables for your team in advance simply by calling us on (03) 9419 0035 or via our reservations page on our website. Our restaurant has capacity for up to 50 people so you can even book the whole place out if you’re thinking of holding an epic EOFY function or Christmas party. 

Inside Messer

Inside Messer

2. Central location

You seriously couldn’t have asked for a better location. Messer sits right in the middle of Gertude Street, just a short walk from the top end of the city. If you prefer to take public transport, tram 86 will drop you right in front of the restaurant. 

A typical feast at Messer

A typical feast at Messer

3. Our food

Sure, you can find a handful of German food options in Melbourne but we do things a little differently here at Messer. We draw our inspiration from the traditional Berlin diner, adding our little spin on it; we are also inspired by the cuisines of neighbouring European countries. As a result, you will be treated with dishes such as mini duck currywurst, wood-fired flatbreads topped with your favourite flavours and rotisserie pork chop with kohlrabi and cider, just to name a few best-selling dishes from our menu.

Wood-fired flatbread with crème fraîche, potato, speck and leek

Wood-fired flatbread with crème fraîche, potato, speck and leek

4. Tasty vegetarian options

German food is traditionally meat-heavy but we’ve adapted our menu to suit vegetarians. Try popular dishes such as our potato salad with cucumber and spring onion; käsespätzle with kale, gruyere and shallots (think of it as a German mac and cheese!); and our grilled broccoli with ricotta and caraway seed mix. A lot of our dishes are gluten-free too – just ask one of our friendly staff to point them out to you!

Vegetarian food has never looked this good

Vegetarian food has never looked this good

5. Yummy desserts

Yes, we do a fine apple strudel – but not as you know it. Our modern interpretation of this much-loved dessert comprises filo shards and the most amazing burnt butter ice cream you’ll ever try. Our other dessert options include rhubarb semifreddo with hazelnut amaretti crumb and a luscious comtéwith lavosh and pear chutney.

6. Let’s not forget the booze

No corporate event is complete without good alcohol; luckily, this is an area in which we deliver handsomely. Our wine list is as awesome as our menu, so expect to find the likes of biodynamic Spanish red blends sitting alongside a bottle of Blaufränkisch from Austria. And yes, we also do craft beers and cocktails. Bottoms up! 

Ready to book your next corporate event? Ring (03) 9419 0035 or click on the reservations page on our website. 

Craig Bridge
5 German dishes you must try in Melbourne today
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Unfortunately, Oktoberfest is not a year-round celebration.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t get your German on any time you want. Okay, so being in Melbourne means that our options are somewhat limited. We can’t hop on the intercity train to visit the snow-covered Alps whenever we feel like it. We also don’t have the luxury of paying only 5 euros for a half a litre of beer or doing 200km/h on the autobahn (well, you can but you will definitely lose your licence and quite a lot of money in fines).

But here at Messer, we can certainly give it a decent try. On behalf of our Head Chef Ashley Davis and the rest of our awesome crew in the kitchen, here are five German dishes you can get in Melbourne. Some traditional, some with modern twists. And the best thing? They can all be found in one place: Messer in Fitzroy.

1. Mini duck currywurst

the currywurst is to Berliners the same way sausage rolls are to Aussies. Invented in 1949, the humble currywurst can be found in street kiosks all over the German capital. A currywurst is a steamed pork sausage that’s then fired and cut into slices before being served with spiced ketchup and curry powder. At Messer, we give this endearing street snack a modern twist by using substituting pork with duck. 

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2. Wood-fired flatbread

 this is our spin on flammkuchen, the wonderful German dish that’s a mash-up between sort-of-but-not-really pizza and almost-but-not-quite flatbread. We make the dough in-house and put them in the wood-fire oven for that unbeatable crispy crust. We do a range of toppings, from the classic crème fraîche, onion and speck to a simple garlic oil topping if you prefer to keep things on the down-low. 

3. Käsespätzle

German mac and cheese? Now we’re talking! And you can forget about using dry macaroni shells here. No, we make our egg pasta fresh from scratch and gently stir it with lots of yummy gruyere. And just in case you’re feeling bad about eating something so decadent and totally bad (read: good) for you, we’ve decided to throw some kale and shallots in. Did we also mention that this was vegetarian-friendly?

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4. Rotisserie pork chop, kolhrabi and cider

No list of good German dishes would be complete without pork, right? Thankfully, we deliver with this mouth-watering dish that will take you to a German guesthouse in the Bavarian Alps. You can join this as a hearty main or share it between friends. Best served with a glass of lager, natürlich!

5. Apple ‘strudel’

Germans love their sweet treats so it would make sense to finish this list off with one of the most endearing desserts, the good ol’ apple strudel. According to historians, the earliest strudel recipe was created in the 17th century; we’ve decided to give this classic treat a fitting 21st century tribute by giving it a modern spin. Think lots of apples, filo shards and burnt butter ice cream. Sehr lecker!

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Craig Bridge