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Babi Guling week. Aru turns two. 12-17 June

Back when ARU first opened, we had ‘babi guling’ on the menu. Our take on the famed Balinese rotisserie suckling pig.


It was a labour of (chef) love and battle with the ducks for dry-aging space (the ducks won). Despite being a hit, we had to take it off the menu, offering it only as a private dining special order item.


But we’re bringing it back for our birthday.


For our birthday week, babi guling will be returning to our dinner menus. Crisp, crackling, tender roasted pork belly, finished over our woodfire, and served with three kinds of native sambals, fresh herbs and lettuce.


No pre-orders. Simply book a table, come in and ask for it.


12 – 17 JUNE

Dinner service only

Limited quantities available – $80 / serve (perfect for two)

Mac Forbes x ARU Wine Lunch. Sunday 25 June

As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s Drink Victorian month, we’ll be holding an intimate and relaxed wine lunch with Mac Forbes on Sunday 25th June.


Mac is one of the shining talents of the Australian artisanal winemaking world, with a focus on terroir and single vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet from the Yarra Valley.


He will be taking you through his wines over lunch – from 2022 releases to side-by-side tastings of his 2011 and 2021 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.


Paired with a menu showcasing ARU’s highlights – plush Chardonnays with barramundi and elegant Pinot Noirs with the dry-aged duck, this is an event not to be missed.


For the full menu and tickets, click on the link below.

Aru Stay Over

Book lunch or dinner at Aru and add on a stay at The Windsor at an exclusive, diners-only price.






Overnight accommodation in a Superior Room [+$195] OR Deluxe Room [+$220] – room only


Self-parking for one car till 12pm the next day


Monday to Thursday nights till 31 August 2023. To book, select the Aru Stay Over option when making your reservation.






1/ The Stay Over package is valid for bookings and stays up to 31 August 2023.


2/ It is subject to availability at time of booking and may include black out dates.


3/ Both offers are for room and parking only and do not include dining at Aru.


4/ Accommodation must be booked for the same night as your Aru reservation.



Private Dining

Furnished in rich spotted gum, our private dining room, Banda closes off to the rest of the restaurant, and seats 12 for celebrations and business lunches.


The private dining room opens up onto The Terrace with a wall dedicated to wines, concealed behind a mesh curtain that separates it from the dining room. Seating 30, this area can be booked in addition to our private dining room.

Dining Enquiries


Named after the group of islands which ancient seafarers frequented as part of the Sino-Indonesian-Australian route, Aru touches on early techniques – fermentation, smoking, curing, preserving and fire-licked meat, vegetables and fish.


This is a menu for getting together, for sharing, a coming together of cultures and cuisines centred round a wood-fired hearth.


Open for lunch and dinner, six days a week, and on Sunday for Sunday lunch.



The Age Good Food Guide 2023 – Two Hats
The Age Good Food Guide 2023 – Restaurant of the Year [Victoria]

Gift Cards

Gift a dining experience at Aru with our digital gift cards, sent immediately to you or a recipient of your choice.


Gift cards are valid for 3 years from the date of purchase.