Pizza and more at South Yarra’s Lost

Don’t get me wrong – I like Chapel Street, from the shaggy chic of the Windsor end to the brunch and bar destinations of Prahran and super-chic boutiques near Toorak Road. However, change is a good thing and a new crop of stylish openings just off the well-trodden strip (in particular Yarra Street – see my Outpost review) are keeping things fresh and exciting.

Bray Street (just behind Jam Factory) for example is now home to a handful of places doing international food in more intimate surrounds than neighbouring Chapel. Such as Mosq – serving up Moroccan and Moorish-inspired Spanish dishes, from tagines to paella, with the occasional belly dancing evening thrown into the mix – and Little Vietnam, fragrant and chilli-laced ‘traditional home-cooked food fused with modern Vietnamese tastes’.

And then there is Lost. Gourmet pizzas, late license, huge alfresco dining space… and tub-thumping tunes so loud you feel like you should be coming up instead of chilling out. Why the audio assault? I don’t know. I do suffer with the odd middle-aged moment, but a bass line that causes the banquette to vibrate? At 7pm on a Sunday? There’s a time and a place people.

The glass frontage, high industrial-look ceilings and pale pastel palette all combine to make the marble-topped bar area, open kitchen, leafy alfresco space and partitioned dining room look a lot bigger than they are. A lot of attention to detail has gone into the interior (Wayne Finschi Concept Design), with quirky light fittings and fixtures, a considered mishmash of different table and chair styles, and a terracotta pipe wine display and feature wall.

For starters: caesar soft shell crab salad. Crunchy, light batter with the sweet crab meat working well with the tangy caesar dressing. Hit.

Crisp-fried stuffed zucchini flowers. Lots of stuff different elements going on here, all fighting for attention but none of them really managing to assert themselves. Miss.

Then the gourmet pizza: divided into Get Lost (traditional toppings) and Really Lost (a bit more out there) on the menu, as well as foccacias. Rectangular with a thin and crispy base and generous, flavourful toppings.

Wasabi tiger prawn, sweet potato puree, mozzarella, ginger and wasabi mayo. Hit.

Moroccan lamb with a baba ganoush base and potato, pumpkin, roasted capsicum, goat’s curd and almonds on top. Fab flavours. Hit.

When we visited service was not great – plenty of staff but we had to help ourselves to menus, wait almost 20 mins to place our order and another 20 to get the bill. Hopefully this is due to teething problems, because when people were looking after us they were all very nice. Yes the menu gets a little ‘lost’ in places (entrees especially), but if you stick to drinks and gourmet pizzas, and want something away from the madness of Chapel Street but close enough to continue to party, then this place is a must.

30 Bray Street
South Yarra
Tel. (03) 9915 8100

Open weekdays 7:30am-1am / Saturday 8am-1am / Sunday 9am-1am

LOST Pizza on Urbanspoon


One thought on “Pizza and more at South Yarra’s Lost

  1. I finally got around to going to Lost last week – I have to say it wasn’t bad. I went with some friends and we all did a bit of sharing and caring with food – starting with stuffed zucchini flowers and garlic bread, then moving onto mains with the lamb kofta pizza, chilli tiger prawns pizza, chicken pizza and chicken breast on white polenta. The lamb kofta pizza and the chicken breast on polenta were the highlight meals – we also went during the week so service was great!
    – Miss SL

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s