Good news, gelato-addicts: you’ll soon be able to get a second scoop of Gelato Messina deliciousness in Richmond. The brand’s Smith Street outlet is usually busier than an East London nightclub, so expect to queue for your caramelised white chocolate, pear and rhubarb or apple-pie icy treat. Venue and exact opening date to be confirmed, but late April is looking likely.… Read more
If you love the faux-chorizo tacos, lemon-scented carrots and preach-free good vibes at Smith & Daughters, great news: you’ll soon be able to get a second fix of guiltless deliciousness at Smith & Deli. Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse – the inked-up babes behind both Smith ventures – wanted to bring something convenient and conscious to the ’hood. Smith & Deli is their one-stop shop – expected to open in late April – where lucky locals can pop in for a takeaway coffee and bagel, pick up a soup or salad for lunch, or take home all the provisions for a delicious DIY dinner. Jewish deli items such as matzah ball soup and knish will be available, along with hearty meat-free lasagne and pies. Not your average corner shop.
If you’d rather gain calories via posh puddings than lose calories (and sleep) on the dance floor, Noir Bar is for you. Occupying what was once Swan Street Social, in the space above Noir restaurant, this sleek little dessert bar – open from Wednesday April 8 – will be turning out nifty French treats from 5pm until 1am, Tuesday-Sunday. Chef Peter Roddy will be assisted in the kitchen by head pastry chef Jerome Soubeyrand (ex. Dinner by Heston, Hélène Darroze, Daniel Boulud). Expect pretty plates featuring more pink than a bunch of ballerinas on a hen party: raspberry parfait with crisp meringue and rose cream, for example. Noir Bar’s philosophy is ‘reworked classics’, and this extends to the cocktail list, which champions sweeter digestif styles to match the sugar-hit confections. If all this sweet talk is giving you toothache, fear not – there will also be craft beers and wine.
There are few problems that dumplings cannot fix. Which is why we’re delighted to hear that Din Tai Fung is opening its first non-NSW outpost in Melbourne’s Emporium in June this year. This will be the Taiwanese brand’s biggest Australian restaurant, with space for 235 lucky bottoms.
You can expect Din Tai Fung’s signature crowd-pleasers: the glass-enclosed dumpling kitchen, xiao long bao, rainbow-bright Dumpling Gems in seven flavours (pictured above) and chefs who operate with a Heston-like fanaticism for detail. The pastry for each xiao long bao dumpling must measure between 4.8 and 5.2 grams; when stuffed, it must weigh between 20.8 and 21.2 grams; the cooking time for each dumpling is precisely three minutes, not a second less or more.
In addition to micromanaged dumplings, diners can enjoy more hearty offerings, such as braised beef soup and crispy crumbed chicken with egg-fried rice. There’ll be fruity cocktails, there’ll be a mango slushy tower dessert and plenty of wine options to match the Asian flavours.… Read more
Breakfast purists, this one’s for you: Richmond’s Crompton Coffee, which opens in early April, will offer hungry pilgrims an indecision-free menu of delicious artisanal bread, topped with the kind of fancy slathers that you won’t find in your own fridge or cupboards (hazelnut cacao butter, for example). The café’s approach to caffeine is equally minimalist: pick from black, white or filter. Start your day the easy way.
Stay tuned for the opening date and hours.