Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have brought back their makeshift pool. If you missed the first one and not sure what this is all about, they rigged up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip. It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
Brace every part of yourself that you can, Melbourne. After a quiet December we’ve suddenly had a tsunami of new openings. Here are a handful of places that have sprung into existence in just the last two weeks.
Charlie Dumpling (pictured)
We weren’t huge fans of Davis Yu’s short-lived pan-Asian joint Claremont Tonic, but we did like chef Dylan Roberts’ dumplings. And here, at Charlie Dumpling, he’s doing some pretty interesting takes on the old things-in-rice-skins including a Peking duck number and dessert dumplings.
While the inner city has been flooded by a tidal wave of new restaurants offering modern twists on insert-exotic-cuisine-here, Brunswick East remains a stronghold of simple, honest dining. Just past Albion Street you have Stone Mill 347, the new Italian restaurant doling out made-to-order gnocchi and kisses for the girls, and now there’s Teta Mona: a boho-chic all-day restaurant where brothers Antoine and Bechara Taouk are serving simple Lebanese with plenty of pickles and very little fuss. Read the full review of Teta Mona here.
No more shall the sweet sent of curry flow from Tandoori Times on Gertrude Street. The little restaurant has been reinvented as a casual pan-Asian joint serving hawker-style noodles, buns and DIY rice paper rolls.… Read more
While we’re not what you’d call a hard out nationalist bunch at Time Out, we do believe that serving anything less on Australia Day than all of the beasts/vegetables, basted for days, blasted for hours, and served with enough sides to feed a football team is a flat out insult to our great nation.
We love a barbecue. And so here, we’ve compiled our top tips on the best butchers and barbecue spots so that you may celebrate in style.
Don’t mess around. Get serious about your supplies. Head straight to Donati’s Fine Meats where they play classical music to relax the house-made hams; Skinner and Hackett for cuts usually only made available to restaurants, or newcomer Hudson Meats, the Sydney import where they go to town making their own sausages, and sourcing only the best ducks, pigs (whole pigs – even baby ones!) and hunks of cow possible to get in Victoria.
Stake your claim
Melbourne has a lot of free public barbecues for your snags and steaks, and they just happen to be surrounded by some pretty nice real estate. Now the problem here is that on Australia day, you’re likely to be sharing that hot plate with a lot of other hungry punters.… Read more
Last night, what started as a small kitchen fire at St Kilda’s Stokehouse took hold of the landmark beachfront restaurant, and over five hours burnt the two storey building to the ground.
Time Out worked closely with the staff and crew of the Van Haandel group earlier last year, holding our first ever Time Out Taste Test at the Stokehouse, and later, our inaugural Food Awards at Trocadero, and so we’re saddened by the tragic loss for all who know and love the restaurant, especially owner Frank Van Haandel for whom the St Kilda venue was especially important.
Thankfully, the dinner service had ended and floor staff were able to evacuate everyone from the venue. We’re also cheered to hear that Van Haandel intends to start on plans to rebuild as soon as Monday.… Read more
Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have rigged themselves up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip! It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
Sticking it to the sun
Photo source: Flipboard Facebook… Read more
The rumours are true, folks. Smith Street restaurant-bar Josie Bones will only be supplying you with craft beers and pork-based delights until the end of February. We’ll be sad to see the venue finish up – Josie Bones has always been a strong supporter of local craft brewers, and we’ll miss her meaty ways. But, there are silver linings. Taking over the space will be the third instalment of Meatball and Wine Bar – the New York-style purveyor of balls, ball jokes and Italian wines that Melbourne just can’t get enough of – which will open in April after a quick refit, with an upstairs bar to follow. It’s not all bad news for craft beer fans, either. Just down the street, beer boss Tiffany Waldron – better known as @beergirlbites – is opening her own brew-focused venue, Two Row, in March.… Read more
The legends are true. Philippa Sibley (pictured), flour dominatrix, has left Albert Street Food and Wine and teamed up with café king Jason Jones to create a whimsical, theatrical restaurant in Melbourne’s playhouse ‘hood. And while the words ‘theatre restaurant’ usually fill us with a very special kind of dread, we know for a fact that Pip Sibley has too much good taste to do anything naff.
The idea behind Prix Fixe to introduce a large element of theatre to the dining experience – the menu will change monthly and be themed around people, historical events, plays and books.
First thematic cab off the rank will be Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,so we’re expecting plenty of sparkle and bottom-themed delights. Want in? Tickets (yes, you book tickets rather than book in) are on sale as of today for the first month of dinners starting February 21. Go, go, go!
This is the best thing we’ve ever heard of. Mountain View is a farm that lets you buy shares in the dairy herd. You are then entitled to a number of litres of milk per week, which is dropped off at pick up points around the city in stainless steel pails, unpasteurised and unhomogenised. For a household, it’s incredible. The set up fee for the minimum of five units is $150, but after that you simply pay $39.95 a month and get 5 litres of milk a week. That’s $1 a litre for the purest whole milk possible.
Tickets to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
A full day whisky adventure while fishing on a boat; a photography masterclass with the head picture honcho from Fool Magazine and a cocktail party with the Everleigh crew on the Colonial Tramcar are all up for grabs – and, they’re redeemable far enough from Chritsmas you’ll actually be hungry again.
Sake and steel
How about some freaky sakes and mirins? Japans favourite rice liquor is all kinds of hot right now, and this emporium of Japanese wonders has the best this country has to offer and priced range from $20-$120. If you really love someone or really owe them big time, you should also consider splashing out on the knives here.… Read more
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; sold PM 24 to the crew from the Smith (who are turning it into 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