20 March

Fleetwood Mac announces national tour with all five original band members

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Fleetwood Mac

There’d been whispers, but it’s true! After having to flag their 2013 tour, Fleetwood Mac are heading back to Australia with all five original band members in tow (Christine McVie rejoins Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks after a 16-year absence).

Unless you have an Amex, tix on sale noon Thu Mar 26. Final Vic show’s at the Mt Duneed Estate down in Geelong as part of the Day on the Green series.

Fleetwood Mac November 2 & 4Read more

19 March

Dessert bar set to make Richmond a sweeter place

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Noir Bar

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.

Noir Bar Opens Wednesday April 8.Read more

18 March

Din Tai Fung is coming to Emporium Melbourne

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Dina Tai Fung

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

18 March

Melbourne is getting a toast café


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.

Crompton Coffee 380 Victoria St, Richmond 3121.Read more

16 March

Melbourne Monopoly is coming and you’re invited to choose properties on the board

Melbourne Monopoly

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