Restaurants

Restaurants

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Happiness is cheese and pasta and you can find happiness at Cucinetta. The cosy Italian Osteria opened in 2017. Since then, the South Yarra osteria has transitioned to current owner, Giocomo of Caffe Cuccina. The ‘no fridge’, same day strategy is Cucinetta’s pizzazz. When there’s literally no room for frozen, you know it’s as fresh as Nonna’s. Head chef Attilio Nuscis, rotates his menu weekly, just like Nonna would. The only difference is the giant wine glasses – seriously, they’re hilariously large. This article was written for the AGFG....

Call the fire brigade, it’s flaming hot at The Modern Eatery. Swan St’s new contemporary house of Aburi, harnesses the power of flame, to lightly sear seafood by blowtorch. The technique originates from Tokyo’s Edo period, where searing the exterior extends the lifespan of fish. Hundreds of years later, aburi is well-loved amongst sushi enthusiasts. Chef Seiya Kurogi, fuses traditional elements of Miyazaki, with creative nuance. A sprinkle of anori here,  sprigs of purple cauliflower there. I can confirm that the Aburi is damn good.....

Albert Camus once said ‘ Maybe it’s not about the happy ending. Maybe it’s about the story’. At Camus in Northcote, immerse yourself in a culinary journey. The story is French Algerian – and the happy ending is a Turkish delight soufflé. Chef Pierre Khodja was born in Algeria and grew up in Marseille, France. Having discovered a penchant for all things food, the journey into the kitchen, led to various stints at Michelin starred restaurants. The technique is evident at Camus, taking heavy North African flavours, refining the presentation and balancing with classical French technique. Admittedly, Algerian cuisine is unbeknownst to most Melbournians and it’s a story you’ll love to hear. ...

Cafés

Cafés

Brunch is life. Life is brunch.

Au79 is the megalopolis of the cafe sphere. It’s Melbourne’s biggest cafe to date. Named after the element Gold or ‘ AU’ on the periodic table, the team have set golden expectations. The 200-seater could well-fit several of Melbourne’s more modest cafes. This is the first original venture from the Coffee Communication Culture Group, whose previous credentials include Sir Charles, Addict, Liar Liar and St Edmonds. When you have something good – replicate it and triple the size....

Kingsway brings me back to my teenage years. Those driverless days, catching the Glen Waverley line. Back then, it was an orderly spectacle of ‘nightlife’. The Western and Asian communities merging to form a super suburb. A handful of cafes existed, albeit not any good ones. Enter brothers – Brian and Nolan Taing, plus Joe La. With a wave of the Workshop Brothers wand, opening a cafe with food, was a natural progression. Brunch with an Asian twist  Unlike the other Workshop Brothers, the Glen Waverley location opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You won’t find boring avocado smashes.  But don’t worry, my Millennial friends. There’s plenty to insta and snap. The piece de resistance is the Asian inspired menu.......

You won’t draw the short straw at Short Straw, Hawthorn. Chef Jose Chavez (Stones of the Yarra Valley, Collective Espresso) takes Short Straw under his credentialed belt. The food has a healthy slant. Coffee is an undercover blend from Undercover Roasters. It’s raining cats and dogs in Melbourne and we’re keen to spend our Millennial cash on avocado smashes 😉 . ...