Overlooking sweet little Curtin Square Park and the quiet beauty of Rathdowne Street, the Kent is the perfect place to sit on a warm night and watch the world go by. The interior is all wooden simplicity, and big windows open wide to let the light shine in, but the outside tables are the place to be. At night things can get a bit rowdy by the bar, but there’s often a pram or two with a sleeping child inside as well. The little tackers must be pretty tired from all that playing in the park, because the noise does bounce around all the flat surfaces in here.
The menu is a kind of Mediterranean-influenced modern Australian, with pizzas, pastas, saganaki, steak and fish and chips among the choices up for grabs. Upmarket for pub grub, but not exactly ‘gastro’, you’ll get a good, reliable, relatively large and relatively well-priced feed at the Kent. But mostly, it’s all about location, location, location.
370 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
(03) 9347 5672