If you’re lucky enough to work on Flinders Lane – arguably the tastiest section of the CBD – permit yourself a smug smile: a promising new restaurant is comin’ atcha in May. Woody P will woo you with Mediterranean-inspired small plates plated up by Clinton Camilleri (ex-Lake House in Daylesford). We’ve had a speculative look at the menu and we want to eat absolutely everything: kingfish crudo with beetroot, mandarin, fennel, cucumber and horseradish; corn-fed duck, duck ham and blood plum; burrata, pear, witlof, fennel, olive and citrus, for example. Wine will be a priority, as will apéritif-style cocktails. The fitout is in excellent hands: Eades and Bergman – Kong, Taxi Dining Room, Mr Miyagi and Meatball and Wine Bar – are styling the space. Expect the usual suspects – timber floors, exposed brick, pendant lights – plus planter hangers and a bar with a tiled feature wall.… Read more
Not content with seducing South Melbourne workers on a daily basis with mad-good raspberry and rose croissants, peanut-caramel tarts and excellent coffee, Chez Dre is opening a new high tea salon and treat shop right next to the café.
We won’t lie: Bibelot – French for ‘a small object of rarity. curiosity or desire’ – will probably make you fat. There are rumours of petits gâteaux, bonbons, macarons and delicate biscuits; there will also be gelato and chocolate. Intellectual dessert-fans can browse the library of coffee-table books dedicated to confectionary; if tea is more your jam, book in for one of the mum-friendly champagne high teas (served from June onwards).
Treats this good require a special fitout, so Breathe Architecture are in charge. Expect an art deco-inspired space to match the European patissery vibes: custom mosaics, recycled timber floors, display cabinets hand-crafted in Italy and emerald-green banquettes and armchairs.… Read more
Watch out Rocky Balboa, there’s a new Rocky (Road) in town
Not since some genius decided to add marshmallows to nuts, raisins and chocolate has an idea been as good as this one: a festival dedicated to Rocky Road, delivering 31 spins on the crowd-pleasing flavour throughout the month of May.
Laughing madly in the face of the formulaic marshmallow, chocolate and nut mix, Rocky Road Festival of Flavours – held at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie – will unleash daring new flavour combos, including caramelised popcorn, liquorice vanilla bean, ‘Bananarama’ white-choc, orange peel and cocoa, espresso hazelnut and mint crisp.
There will be bars, blocks and truffles; there will be a three-metre cabinet housing samples of all 31 flavours; there will be waffles, sundaes and Rocky Road hot chocolate. There will even be hour-long Rocky Road masterclasses on Saturdays ($45 a head) for the choc geeks, involving tastings and the creation of your own flavour.… Read more
It’s back. In 2013, Dan Sims of Bottle Shop Concepts – the company that champions wine as a drink of the masses through events that exchange all the wank for fun – decided to throw a medieval-style wine tasting event, filling Ormond Hall with a bunch of guys and gals in leathers and furs and bidding wine fans to sample more varietals of the Rhône Valley than Cersei on a bender. It was a right old knees-up (repeated in 2014, bigger and better), replete with whole spit-roasted beasts courtesy of Casey Wall of Rockwell and Sons.
This year, this event is going beyond the Wall (to Sydney and Auckland); it’s also moving to the Art House’s Meat Market in North Melbourne. There will be more than 40 producers, bringing the shiraz, grenache, mourvedre, carignan, cinsault, viognier, marsanne, roussanne and other grape varietals native to the Rhône Valley in France.
As to which producer wins this much hyped wine-based fight for supremacy, we’ve been pushing for an actual battle (to arms, wine people!), but they’re taking the democratic route and getting you the people to vote for your favourite through the iPhone app, which you can download from their site.… Read more
It would seem Australia’s love for Ed Sheeran is mutual: just as the UK pop star wraps up his national tour, he’s announced yet another stadium run at the end of the year.
This time, the ‘Talking Out Loud’ singer-songwriter will play entirely solo, bringing just his voice, guitar and loop pedals to the stage. Sheeran’s 2014 album x was the highest-selling record of the year, and you can be sure that tickets to his December shows won’t last long.
Pre-sale starts on Monday April 27, and tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday May 5.
Ed Sheeran. AAMI Park, Saturday December 5.