Another week, another 236 new places to eat and drink at in Melbourne. It’s been a big one, so here’s just the shiny tip of the monumental iceberg.
Press Club Restaurant
It’s been a very dramatic Days of our Lives year for the Made Establishment. The restaurant group turned St Katherine’s into Hellenic Republic Kew; announced that PM 24 would become an Asian diner, Lucy Liu’s, and converted the original site of Press Club into casual Greek joint, Gazi. Oh, they also opened Jimmy Grants souvlaki bar, and they’re turning their South Yarra Greek-Italian restaurant Mama Baba into a circusy French restaurant, Le Grande Cirque, next year. In this weeks episode, George Calombaris (the Masterchef judge who himself has undergone a radical transformation this year – he’s tiny!) has donned the whites to turn out the group’s only remaining fine dining offering at the all new Press Club, which now fills what used to be Little Press. Got all that? Us neither.
Press Club Restaurant, 72 Flinders St, Melbourne.
There’s a whole new world of quality, sky high drinking that awaits you this summer, Melbourne. Along with Loch and Key above Captain Melville and Bomba’s terrace, Loop has just opened a fully landscaped rooftop garden that will operate Friday through Sunday serving floral and fanciful shared cocktails in watering cans like carrot and sweet potato juice with ginger and rye whiskey, and snow cones souped up with watermelon shrub and vodka.… Read more
Melbourne, if you long for the hermit life but have thus far been thwarted by your need for coffee and the occasional frosty ale, rejoice, for you may never have to leave the couch again.
Last week we told you about Bear Café and their lifesaving latte delivery service (OK, it’s Fitzroy only, but still), and now Liquorun has arrived to make late night trips to the bottle shop a thing of the past. Operating from 2pm-2am daily, Liquorun lets you order your booze online and get it delivered for a fee of $7.50 or $12.50 before or after 11pm respectively. It’s pretty much like Menulog for alcohol, and while that may seem like it’s encouraging reckless drinking, the three guys behind the business were aiming to cut out the hazards caused by party-goers hitting the streets late at night or worse, getting in their car. The range isn’t bad either. They’re stocking mostly the big domestic brands and imports like Carlton, Asahi and Budweiser beer wise, but there’s the odd craft number like Brooklyn Lager, and there’s a decent grab bag of local wines.
They have a minimum order of $30, a maximum van capacity of ten cases, and, of course, you’ll need to show some valid ID.… Read more
Sunnyboys bassist Peter Oxley has (temporarily) swapped out his bass guitar for pots and pans to bring you his new cookbook, Teenage Kitchen Rampage. This survival-guide for noob cooks offers up a bunch of tasty, simple and healthy recipes. Starting with the basics like boiling eggs, and roasting veggies, the book takes you right through to impressive salads, pastas, desserts and sides.
After leaving home at 18 with just 10 bucks, his bass guitar and his mum’s recipe for lamb shank soup, Oxley continued to expand his recipe repertoire while his rock’n’roll career took off. Now the accomplished musician has put out this cookbook to offer uni students, home-alone teenagers, or any wannabe cook a helping hand.
Teenage Kitchen Rampage is out December 2 via Love Police. RRP: $24.95.… Read more
With figures on track for attendance of Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets to exceed that of Sydney’s version (which they’ve had for 12 years to our one!), we have good news: the markets will return to Melbourne in 2014. Almost 300,000 punters went to the Sydney markets this year, with figures yet to be released for Melbourne.
The Night Noodle Markets bring authentic Asian aromas and flavours to Alexandra Gardens for Good Food Month. For two weeks Asian hawker-style street food line the grassy lawns, with dishes from the likes of Longrain and Mamak. Think freshly made fluffy roti, sneaky Peking duck pancakes, Shanghai-style soupy dumplings, and mango pancakes for dessert. The markets open at 5pm, and we recommend you get down early to avoid queues.… Read more
Drink on the roof till it’s way past your bedtime
It’s Friday night friends, and while we realise you’re probably already three sheets to the wind, this post comes not too late at all, because there’s a new bar in town and it is at your service until 5am.
Captain Melville (pictured)
The bushranger themed bistro on Franklin Street (formerly pub-club Miss Libertines) opened a rooftop bar last night that puts the venue’s 24-hour license to use once more. Canadian cocktail guru Sarah Miller has overseen the upper deck’s transformation, so you can expect to get a good drink on the upper balcony even when everyone else has hung up their aprons and gone home.
And if you’re in the mood for going off the beaten track, check out Joe Taylor in North Melbourne. Inhabiting the space that until recently was occupied by Rose Bar, this pop-up is going from strength to strength, serving sharp cocktails, craft beers and rock, soul and hip hop on demand.
Happy weekend!… Read more
So last week we had a little ‘this looks promising’ rant about Thomas Olive cocktail bar, which opened above Saint Crispin last Wednesday. Now we would like to upgrade that to straight lunatic rave about just how good it is. You’re escorted up the perilous stairs, and James Tait, he of the gentle Scottish brogue and nice neat hair, is shaking up some of the finest classic French cocktails in town. There’s an Alouette, which sees gin and rum (together at last!), given a refreshing kick in the pants by grapefruit and a little orange bitters, and he’s got a whole menu of potent anis for diluting with a dash of water into a manageable aperitif. Snack-wise, the charcuterie board is a festival of dried and cured meats, only improved by getting a bowl of big crunchy pork skin crackers and using them as a meat raft for your biltong and boiled quail eggs. Get in while the getting is good.
In other news on Smith Street – boulevard of dreams – the folks behind Brunswick Street Alimentari have swung open the doors to their new place just next to Gorski and Jones. Inside it’s a long, tiled room of house-made and neatly packaged Italian eats that you can ram in your handbag and pretend you made yourself.… Read more
We’re all about ‘taking one for the team’ here at Time Out. And so last night we did the baptism of fire at Taste and ate EVERY DISH so that you can attack it like a seasoned professional.
Last night we were on the official judging panel determining the three top dishes of Taste 2013. For the second year in a row, Pip Sibley of Albert Street Food and Wine came out on top with the winning rosetta for her cornmeal crusted calamari and charred, chilled corn with a squid ink sauce. It’s total carnival food, that still packs a fresh punch.
Second place went to Burch & Purchese, which is conveniently next door and the prettiest stand on the grounds. In typical not-dicking-around fashion, they’ve put together a plate of dainties and fancies of sciency wonders: Champagne jellies; white chocolate sprayed raspberry gels and multitude other peachy, tart, crumbly things all crowned by a ball of parfait that’s frozen to order in a basin of liquid nitrogen. Game on.
Sweet dreams are made of gelato. And all your dessert-based dreams are going to come true at 5pm when Gelato Messina swings open its doors in Fitzroy. If the queues that still form outside its Sydney outlets are anything to go by, we’re thinking you may want to don your riot gear tonight before lining up for a scoop of the incredible salted coconut and mango – it’s like a holiday in a cone. If you barrack for team chocolate don’t leave without a scoop of milk chocolate with peanut fudge and if you’re really a dessert freak, a scoop of their best-selling Bounty – coconut milk gelato with chocolate chips and desiccated coconut.
That’s what we’re expecting when the hotly anticipated burger shack opens at 11.30am today. It’s still absolute chaos on Smith Street outside Huxtaburger every weekend, and the north side contingent has had two years to weary of the soft-bunned, ketchup and mustard slicked wagyu burgers. Here’s a little something they put together to get you even more ready to punch thy neighbour in a burger seeking frenzy.
It’s all happening, Melbourne. Or more to the point, not a lot has been happening of late which makes all of the things that are about to happen Something Of Note.
Strange Wolf, the inner-city burger joint and bar that lived up to its name courtesy of decorations made from hair, has reached the end of its lease and shut up shop. The owners (who also captain the Grace Darling in Collingwood), have taken over the Star next door to the pub and are planning on turning it into a pizza palace with the punniest names in town with the help of the boys from A Boy Named Sue in St Andrews.
The Town Mouse has been kicking arse and taking names with its delicate share plates and red hot kiwi hospitality all year, and now they’ve finally finished work on their courtyard out the back so you can take your blushing G and Ts in the sun. Boom.
And while we’re on the topic of raging hot restaurants of note, Scott Pickett and Joe Grbac are launching phase two of their whimsical mod-Oz eatery Saint Crispin. You might not have known about the beautiful old room upstairs at Cavallero (they mostly used it for functions), but you’re about to get acquainted with it under the bar name of Thomas Olive.… Read more