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.
Melburnians will soon be able to buy properties on Collins Street, go to jail and hit bankruptcy all whilst sipping a single origin, as Melbourne is set to be saluted with its own official Monopoly edition.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle made the announcement, stating that Melbourne’s draw-card as the world’s most liveable city “deserves to be recognised in the world’s most famous game”.
You’re invited to vote for which properties you want to see on the board, as the game designers open their community chest for input from those who know the laneways best. The Lord Mayor nominated major players such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Exhibition Building in his address, hoping that he too would have the chance to lay down a house at the Queen Victoria Market. Collins Street has been primped and primed to take the coveted navy stripe of Mayfair but the final decision remains to be seen.… Read more
How much comedy is too much comedy?
You could be about to find out.
The evil geniuses in charge of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are seeking three brave souls to put their lives on hold and their love of laughter on the line for the Funny Tonne, billed as the ultimate test of comedy endurance.
Participants will race each other, the clock and the slow decay of their own personal hygiene to see as many shows as they can over the 26 festival days. It’s a crazy-fun way to spend a month, especially since you’ll be flashing a super-exclusive passport everywhere you go and filing reviews to the festival’s website in whatever free time you can scrounge.
The comedy gauntlet has been run each year since 2005, and the bar has been set very high. Last year, Funny Tonne winner Chris Menezies saw a gut-busting 158 shows in 26 days, blowing the previous record of 147 out of the water. That’s around six shows per day for the better part of four weeks.… Read more