Out with the old and in with the new, Sartoria Melbourne replaces dress shop J & C Agricola in Preston. The former dressmaking, bridal and evening wear shop, now a trendy eatery, lighting up the Northside. A projection of the dress shop’s history, reminds brunchers of Sartoria’s heritage. Old sewing machines and vintage knick knacks are a nod to the past. Owner Adriana’s vision, was to transform her parent’s classic dress shop, combining elements of the old and new. The menu is similarly inspired. It features dishes inspired by Adriana’s Italian heritage with a touch of Asian fusion, courtesy of ex Longrain talent. Sartoria is only a few months old, but has attracted the attention of Broadsheet, The Age and discerning local foodies. We visited ourselves to check out the fuss. Continue reading Sartoria Melbourne opens in the North
All hail the Dutchess of Flinders St. The swanky New York style eatery, swings into the Duke, with a sprinkle of glamour. The casual bistro/pub now has a sophisticated sister upstairs. The sensuous space exudes a club vibe, with DJ spun tunes, flowing drinks and a glittering skyline view. But never fear, there are no scantily clad yolo’ers or chap laps – only quality dining. The brainchild of Craig Ellison and Michel Thiele (owners of Perseverance and College Lawn) – the menu is a cross between a steakhouse and small plate dining. Dutchess is a participating restaurant in this month’s ‘Give a Fork’ campaign, where a portion of funds from a specially designed sustainable dish, will go towards building a better food system. Being green and sexy = #grexy.
Dribble down into Dribbles Burgers and slam dunk some burgers. The basketball themed restaurant on Mount Alexander Road, has locals dribbling. Burgers are named after NBA greats, there’s the Jordan Royale, Le Bron or the Shaq Stack (aptyly named – the biggest burger on the menu). A massive LCD is point of centre, playing the latest games, whilst punters munch their burgers down. Basketball nets and murals, paint the matte grey walls. The finishing touch – a metal ‘fence’, caging in burger players, eager for a taste of delicious carbs. Messy and chaotic, there’s nothing more satisfying than burger juices dripping down my hand. I think NBA players, gym junkies and carb lovers alike, would agree that simplistic burgers are best. Continue reading Dribbling at Dribbles Burgers
If you feel that brunch in the CBD has lost its sparkle, eating at White Mojo will bring your mojo back. White Mojo opens on Hardware St, with dishes that make you question, ‘Is this really brunch?!’ The new hotspot is more fine-dining, than your average brunch cafe. Forget boring smashed avocados, prepare to be dazzled with the magic of smoke. Of course, I’m referring to the cauliflower pannacotta, that has snapchatters and instagrammers squirming (more on that later). The white marbled interior, is a pleasant protrusion amongst the grungy laneway. Look outside, and you’ll notice the tourist crowd streaming in and out of Hardware Societe. Years later, it’s bewildering that queues are still forming outside. The crowd, unbeknownst to the magical unicorn next door. Hardware Societe is good, but guys..try next door!
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Set beside the banks of the Yarra River, Langham Melbourne is a touch of luxury within the Southbank precinct. The global hotel chain, best known for dainty high teas and timeless elegance, also does buffets. FYI, buffets is a skill that should be added on Linkedin Profiles. I may be small, but I eat like a monster truck. What better way to test these ‘ skills’ than on Tuesday nights at Melba Restaurant? Tuesday is a seafood lovers dream, with fresh lobster, oysters, prawns, sashimi and shellfish. It’s fair to say the crowds come for the lobster, chargrilled and smothered in a golden butter sauce. This is in addition to the per standard buffet menu, incorporating a mix of Asian and Western cuisine. At $89 a head, is it worth the value?
West of Kin dazzles the Westside with Asian fusion. There’s no denying, that the West doesn’t inspire positive thoughts from our Eastside friends. Just mention Footscray, and they’ve run away, arms flailing in the air with their pressed juices in hand. Dare I say the G word? Gentrification has changed the West, with the boom in young families calling Seddon, Yarraville and Footscray home. West of Kin gets the ball rolling in Braybrook. Thank god, because you might as well call Ballarat Rd – Fast Food Street. The location isn’t far from the old Derrimut gym, where I laboriously slaved away the food blogging calories. First world problems, ya know? Protected from the eye-sore of its industrial neighbours, the heritage building is surrounded by a glass ‘fence’. Open the door to reveal luscious green grass and communal tables. Soak in the last rays of Autumn, before the Melbourne winter wrecks havoc on our sun kissed skin. Continue reading West of Kin brings gourmet to the West
Spin your compass north and arrive at District North in Moonee Ponds. By compass – I mean your $1000 smartphone with Google maps. The North-west gets a facelift, with top notch cafes calling the suburb home. District North is no exception with swanky minimalist interior and signature brunch items. The space standing out amongst the drab exterior of its neighbours. Not dissimilar to the popular kids amongst the graffitied alleyways, District North fits right in. Eyes are drawn to the glass cabinet, housing doughnuts decked out in Malteasers, mini ice cream cones and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Alas, our journey north was to try the signature Pandan pancakes, in all its radioactive green glory. Every good cafe has that one dish that intrigues the crowds. For District North it’s these Pandan pancakes. We’ll save the doughnuts for next time 😉 . Continue reading Must-try Pandan pancakes at District North
Academy Kitchen & Bar has launched its new autumn menu in Richmond. As the temperature gauge drops, Melbournians’ tastebuds, take a U-turn towards comfort food. You know what that means? Sticky caramel ribs, bowls of twirly pasta and glorious carbs. Don’t let those fad diet people tell you otherwise. Everything in moderation, correct? Academy Kitchen offers modern dining in a casual setting. The dimly lit ambiance ideal for chit chats in a cozy warm setting. The menu is designed by Chef and owner Will Manning, with a touch of European inspiration. “The vision for Academy has always been to create that genuine neighbourhood restaurant charm – warm, welcoming, relaxed, accessible to all. Since we opened at the end of last year we’ve enjoyed getting to know the locals, and we’re excited to be part of the Bridge Road resurgence”, said Manning. The comforting additions has our tick of approval. Continue reading New Autumn Menu – Academy Kitchen & Bar
Box Hill Central is a major hub in the Eastern burbs. The large Asian population – primarily from Chinese decent, makes Box Hill a destination for Asian food. Walking through the bustling precinct, is sensory overload. Smell the aroma of Chinese doughnuts, deep fried, golden brown, ready to be dunk into a hot bowl of steamy congee. Slurp up freshly made ramen. Buy traditional Asian ingredients, for your Masterchef moment at home. Fancy an Asian TVB box set or a Doraemon shaped cake? Your asian needs are covered. Box Hill Central brings the community together, with accessible food and retail. Far and beyond your average suburban food court, it’s easy to forget that your not in Taiwan. There’s nothing schmancy here folks, but that’s how real Asians roll ;). We were given the challenge of touring the Asian restaurants, devouring as much as our stretchable bellies could handle. Positively bloated (#firstworldproblems), here lies our adventures below.