The new space, Camperdown Commons is a fresh breath of air within the inner city; a handful of eateries are surrounded with plenty of space to soak in the sunshine, and to top it off, there's also a lovely urban farm. Think The Grounds, but a bit more simple and less hectic.
The urban farm has a demonstration space where gardening workshops are held. The Camperdown Commons also hold regular yoga classes and other workshops.
On a particularly sunny afternoon, I had the pleasure of dining at Acre. The restaurant is housed in the middle of the Camperdown Commons, and is a lovely, light-filled space. The only gripe was that there weren't any blinds, so I can see this being an issue if you are sitting by the window in summer with no shade.
As we are dining in a larger group, our only choice is the set menu. It's a great option and allowed the ability to try a bit of everything, without having to think too much about what to order.
The only decision is what to drink, and it's a difficult decision with such an enticing cocktail menu.
Passionfruit pineapple fizz
My passionfruit pineapple fizz has the perfect amount of tartness from the pineapple, passionfruit and lime. The cocktail also contains white rum as the alcohol base and kombucha for a bit of fizz.
Strawberry lemon smash
The strawberry lemon smash is just as delicious, with Vodka St Germain, lemon sage and strawberry.
Macadamia and cannellini hummus with crisp bread
I've never tried a hummus made with macadamia; the flavour is subtle with a hint of nuttiness.
Bread and butter
The basket of bread has a selection of sourdough and rye, plus a generous pat of butter. The bread also comes in handy for eating the leftover macadamia dip when we ran out of the crisp bread.
Thin slices of air dried and salted beef were served with accompaniments of tomato jam and turnip horseradish.
The cauliflower fritti are piping hot and crisp on the outside, and came with a cumquat jam dipping sauce on the side.
Acre salad with winter vegetables
Slow roasted porchetta, with seasonal carrots, beets, spiced apple, garden remoulade
Roast chicken, artichoke puree, cavalo nero, brussel sprouts and chicken gravy
The set menu allowed us to chose two main dish items, which are sharing size. I was very impressed with the mains - delicious roasted meat with excellent vegetable side dishes that stole the show - I especially loved the crisp and slightly charred brussel sprouts.
The portions are hearty and generous, leaving us no room to sample dessert on this occasion. I'll definitely be back to sample more of their dishes! It's also a great option for vegetarians as there are heaps of lovely sounding vego options too.