If you step into this Melbourne restaurant and order a pint of beer, chances are you’re going to be served something very different to a chilled, yeasty brew.
This “drink”, served up each day at the new Zero Mode restaurant in Box Hill, in Melbourne’s east, is leaving diners completely spun out.
It’s known as “Boozy Broth” and will set you back $23 — but trust us, it’s worth every last slurp.
And that deceptive beer-like head on the top? It’s made from egg white foam.
The dish has been a major drawcard for locals since Zero Mode flung open its doors to the public early last month.
Described as a “modern Asian” restaurant, the minimalist space offers diners a multi-sensory dining experience designed to “test the mind and challenge the senses”.
From deconstructed sushi to salmon served in a matcha ice-cream cone, Zero Mode has quite the imagination.
Chefs painstakingly recreate a whole avocado by using a thin rice cracker for the skin, avocado mousse for the flesh and a spicy salmon tartare for the seed.
If you’re feeling particularly brave, why not throw in a jar of smoking tuna for good measure?
The $20 Wild West Waffle, for instance, looks like something you’d find at a carnival rather than an Asian restaurant.
Your plate will arrive at your table looking like a giant puff of fairy floss.
But once your waiter pours over the chill sauce, the cotton candy facade melts away to reveal crispy fried chicken and maple bacon laid across a house-made waffle.
So, it’s safe to say what you order on a Zero Mode menu many not look like what you think it should.
The restaurant’s name is an ode to its philosophy. It’s translated from Cantonese and focuses on making “something out of nothing”.