Zagame’s House is one of the newest players in Melbourne’s boutique accommodation scene.

Burgeoning Melbourne boutique hotel brand, Zagame’s House, has opted to reverse the traditional hotel practice of pairing beverages with food in its restaurants, unveiling a menu which instead sets the beverage as the precedent.

The Lygon Street hotel, which has named its entire culinary department ‘B&F’ in response, will find beverages as the focus point of the menu at its on-site restaurant Lord Lygon. The menu offers 300 wines in-stock sourced from Victoria’s wine regions, along with a variety of international labels. Further, Zagame’s House’s selection offers bio-dynamic, organic, unsulphured and wines free-from herbicides and pesticides. Guests can enjoy hand-crafted cocktails on arrival along with premium liquor selections in the room mini-bar.

Designed by Zagame’s House Executive Chef, Chris Bonello, the new menu has been designed to include food pairings which complement the beverage list, with both local and international drops finding a home and a paired food item.

B&F Manager at Zagame’s House and Lord Lygon, Marcus Radny, said the practice wasn’t traditional but was “simply us”.

“Chris has done an amazing job designing a menu that allows us to put the booze first. We love creating that festive vibe, so it was always natural for us to bring beverage to the forefront.”