Feel like Stokehouse City’s modern fine dining fare but need to stay on budget? See what Stoke Bar and Kitchen has in store for you.
Just off the Parliament end of Collins St, Stoke Bar and Kitchen is located downstairs from the dining room and is geared towards a more casual experience. Diners are welcome to pop in for a few nibbles and aperitifs before a more substantial dinner upstairs, or stay awhile longer to eat through the bar’s menu of familiar yet well-done dishes.
The menu is ideal for the post-work crowd with a range of smaller items such as the beef tartare, fried chicken wings with tonkatsu sauce and speck croquettes. Like the classics? Go for the eponymous Stoke burger, Rangers Valley steak frites or the potato gnocchi with mushrooms and pecorino. If you’re a fan of the original Stokehouse venue in St Kilda, order the prawn and crab linguine or Ollie’s Fish Pie by Stokehouse City executive chef Ollie Gould.… Read more
Get your game on at this venue that’s part-bar, part-arcade
Few of us would remember the old arcades of the ’80s and ’90s, in the days before Dance Dance Revolution and karaoke games. According to the team behind Mr Wow’s Emporium, however, there’s a resurgence of the arcade in the USA except this time they’re setting up shop in bars.
Enter Pixel Alley. The part-bar, part-arcade takes over the location where Los Barbudos, a Cuban-themed watering hole, used to be. Framed photos of Cuban baseball legends has been replaced by an 8-bit mural of ’80s retro icons including Pac-Man, Nike Air Jordans, and a boombox. Those familiar with old-school arcade classics can expect tipsy rounds of Daytona, Street Fighter II, Pac-Man and Buck Hunter.
Rounds of beer while you wait your turn at the games are encouraged – a pot or pint of the Bastard Son Pale Ale will also come with a game token.… Read more
Dumpling fiends, this one’s for you. It’s New Shanghai’s birthday and the dumpling house will be serving free pan-fried pork buns (that’s shengjian bao for you dumpling connoisseurs) this week at their Emporium eatery.
The crunchy, juicy buns will be served during the lunch rush between 11am and noon from June 8 – 11. Bonus points for diners who come in on Thursday June 11, who will also get a free pork bun with every meal ordered.
New Shanghai takes their dumplings seriously, so you can rest assured that the birthday buns will be made in true Shanghai style. Not sure what pork buns are? They are basically xiao long baos or soup dumplings, but after the dumplings are steamed, they get a flash in the frying pan to get that crunchy bottom. Expect soft dough made in-house, juicy pork filling and steaming broth that will threaten to burn your mouth and dribble down your chin.… Read more
Wallet feeling a little thin after the weekend? No need to sacrifice your lunch or afternoon treat: download Yume instead.
Yume – launched at this morning’s media event at Grossi Florentino – aims to connect restaurants and cafés with peckish punters to prevent food from going to waste. Currently, tonnes of perfectly good food and produce from thousands of cafes and restaurants around Australia are destined for the landfill because health codes often make it difficult for eateries to sell or donate leftover food.
Yume allows eateries to upload their extra serves of lasagne, loaves of bread or any other unsold dish to the app, set a discounted price and a time window for collection. Customers are then sent a digital voucher which they can redeem in store, where they will then pay the business directly.
Yume founder Katy Barfield isn’t new to the food waste prevention cause, having previously founding food rescue organisation SecondBite, as well as Australia’s first social wholesale fruit and veg retailer Spade and Barrow.… Read more
We’ve been waiting a long time for this day. For too long now we’ve been watching our Sydney counterparts raving on about Gelato Messina’s sell-out gelato degustations, wondering when we’d get the chance to learn how these ice-wizards work their magic.
Finally, it’s official: Gelato Messina will be hosting monthly appreciation classes from their Fitzroy store. Get in quick, because tickets won’t last. Your group will meet at the store at 9am for a coffee, learn a little bit about the company itself, and then get stuck into the secrets of how Messina make their incredibly popular gelato. What’s more, you’ll be served a gelato degustation, made of (typically bonkers) specially created flavours.
Ignore that icecream headache and soldier on: you’ve still got a gelato cake to eat. Then, it’s a free-for-all tasting session. Think you can handle 40 flavours? Good luck, pilgrim.
You’ll be sent home with a tub of gelato to take home to share, or to save for later, when the withdrawals hit.… Read more