If you’re a fiend for chasing the next hot thing when it comes to restaurants and bars, you’ll have noticed it’s been tumbleweed city out there of late. And now all of a sudden we’ve had a crash landing of three serious mega stars in one week.
Lee Ho Fook
Of all the millions of eateries that have burst onto Smith Street to light up our lives this year, none has been more hotly anticipated than Lee Ho Fook. The name comes from a Soho takeaway popularised by Warren Zevon’s song ‘Werewolves of London’ – but this joint ain’t about beef chow mein. Heading up the restaurant is Chinese-Australian chef Victor Liong, and the guy has moves. A Sydney import, he’s worked under Mark Best at the legendary Marque restaurant making ethereal science-y snacks, and he was last seen deep-frying the chilli crabs at the Merivale Group’s fancy Canto joint Mr Wong. Now he’s taken over the Boire site, where he’ll be wok rocking Collingwood with new-style Chinese, cocktails (by ex-Little Blood legend Paul Ramsay) to a soundtrack of house and Rihanna. Oh – and for Wednesday the 9th and Thursday the 10th of October the eats are fiddy percent off. Boomtown.
Lee Ho Fook, 92 Smith St, Collingwood.
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
Crackpot sugar genius Adriano Zumbo – the famous Sydney patissier who got everyone obsessed with macarons; has a tattoo of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka on his arm, and is so obsessed with the intricacies of his craft that he’s considered taking cakes for test drives to make sure they can take corners – has hit Melbourne town and brought his unique and creative tasty treats with him. Brace yourself for some next level sweets and pies, friends. You’ll find the Patisserie in Claremont Street, right near to Davis Yu’s luminous taqueria Touché Hombre Electrica – just follow the line of sugar fanged candy bandits. Opening Wednesday October 9.
Adriano Zumbo Patisserie, 12-14 Claremont St, South Yarra.
Congratulations St Kilda-ites and Carlisle Streetians. You’ve just taken delivery of what promises to be a raging hot mod-Vietnamese restaurant and bar, plugging the hole that was once Topaz shoes and commandeering Blackhearts and Sparrows’ rooftop. Expect lots of pho, Vietnamese street snacks, cocktails and beers. Taking charge is genial Scotsman Rene Spence (if you visited B’Stilla when it first opened, he was the guy providing you with beers and banter), and chef Dai Duong who’s been freshly plucked from Geoff Lindsay’s upscale Vietnamese joint, Dandelion, in Elwood. Apparently Bowen Holden of Patricia Coffee is in the mix, and our mates at Cavalier Brewing are doing them their own special brew.
Uncle, 188 Carlisle St, St Kilda.