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Beat Eats

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 4:05pm

Vegan Southern Fried Chicken Double Downs? Popping Candy Shooters? Krispy Kreme Bunned Luther Burgers? Black Magic Squid Ink Margaritas? WTF?

 

The B.East are inviting Melbourne's craziest foodies to stop by and taste some of their strangest and most decadent American-style concoctions, all designed to freak out and confuse your tastebuds.
 
With a full menu yet to be...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 2:54pm

Come soak up the heat with food and fun on Australia Day weekend at Melbourne's latest cultural precinct. 

 

The Velodrome Food Truck Festival will feature a mixed bag of treats for punters at the unmissable Melbourne gem, the Coburg Velodrome, with everything from Luche Libra (Mexican wrestling), aerial circus, medieval performance fighting, art installations, and more.
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Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 1:54pm

 

How does an idea like Crêpes For Change begin? Crêpes for Change is a youth-led social enterprise and Australia’s first non-profit crêpe food truck. The project was started by myself (Dan) and my brother Liam in late 2014. We crowdfunded to raise money for the van, and got it on the road in August 2015. We turned over $110,000 in our first year.
All profits go towards providing...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 5:54pm

Pizza Hut is making a bonafide comeback, tossing around the idea of bringing back their dine-in stores - and yes - it looks like the all-you-can-eat pizza blowouts of your childhood may be coming back too. 

 

Pizza Hut is opening its first rebranded store in Sydney this Thursday as the cheesy empire looks towards the future in an attempt to claw back customers - returning to...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 4:48pm

 

Housed inside the ever-popular Glamorama, Spare Me Kitchen offers a contemporary Australian menu serving expertly prepared food, all matched with a premium sound system, music and drinks. Perhaps best known for their expansive drinks menu, Spare Me will have even the most knowledgeable connoisseur covered.  If top-shelf whiskey is what you're after, you can choose from their curated...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 1:40pm

Get ready to pop some bottles and class things up for a day when Melbourne gets its own champagne festival. 

 

The three-day festival focuses on boutique and small production champagne to showcase at venues across Melbourne, offering rare finds that will be exclusive to the event - giving a chance for punters to sample glasses that are usually off-limits to the general public....

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 3:50pm

With food, dance, music, fashion, and more, there's a bit of Poland for everyone at this year's Polish Festival. 

 

The festival's twelfth instalment will showcase a heap of authentic Polish entertainment on Federation Square's main stage, with Australian dance troupes Polonez, Łowicz, Syrenka, Tatry, and even Poland's Corny Potok performing energetic folk dances, as well as...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 4:55pm

Melbourne – summer is coming. You know what that means? Prime time for frothies in the sun, or for the more cultured diners among us, alfresco dining and the perfect cocktail to match.

 

Luckily, the fifth edition of Beat Eats has you covered. From dive bars to bar-setting restaurant experiences, these pages showcase the very best Melbourne has to offer. Whether you're after...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:35pm

Melbourne Music Week is back again and with it comes the lauded Live Music Safari. Featuring over 50 artists, Melbourne’s famed live music venues will open their doors for a night of free gigs and parties. We've picked out some of our favourites shows and venues, offering a handy guide that'll keep you satisfied with tasty food and even tastier tunes.

 

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Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:19pm

The opening of True North in 2014 was a defining moment for Coburg. We had all noticed the subtle changes in populus, at the train station, in the dog parks and tram stops. But it was with the opening of Munro Street’s moderately sized but spectacularly spiffy cafe that a new generation, displaced by an inordinately expensive Brunswick, were finally catered to.

 

True North has...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:11pm

"Only time will tell if we stand the test of time,” as Van Halen so poignantly put it back in 1986. Time tells you everything you need to know about Topolino’s, a St Kilda institution for some 45 years. Even more impressive is the fact that this family-friendly restaurant has plenty of competition, located on the busy Fitzroy Street strip.

 

While traditionally known for their...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:07pm

Let’s be honest: there’s pizza and then there’s pizza. There’s a wide margin between Dougie the Pizza Delivery Guy’s soggy, cardboard-boxed nightmare-grub for loners and the real primo stuff. If you don’t know what I’m on about, leave it to SPQR Pizzeria to illustrate the difference in spectacular fashion.

 

SPQR Pizzeria combines the talents of Tom and Natalie Gaden (Satchmo’s...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:04pm

Tucked just around the corner from the now buzzing stretch is Sabai, utterly unpretentious in contrast. Located on Church Street, a beer-bottle cap's throw from The Swan Hotel and directly opposite the Public House, Sabai offers quality casual dining. 

 

An image of a temple statue, with a decal of a serpentine dragon winding its way up the wall from behind the banquette seating...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:57pm

Tucked away in the heart of King Street, don’t let this venue’s location fool you for a minute. This steakhouse, which is located downtown from its other three venues across the CBD, is a dining experience you don’t want to miss out on.

 

Despite being a steakhouse, the menu is undeniably Mediterranean. A starter platter of in-house antipasto, which features an air dried wagyu,...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:52pm

Coburg’s Post Office Hotel has been an institution for locals for decades. Standing tall on the ever busy Sydney Road, it has become a not so hidden gem of the surrounding areas. Since it’s renovation, the building still retains a kind of rustic atmosphere. Within, is one of the most decadent dining experiences you’re likely to have in the northern district – The 229 Dining Hall.

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Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:44pm

When two charismatic cities known for their charm and amazing food collide, the result is beautiful, indeed. A wonderful blend of Melbourne's creative flair and the unparalleled flavour of New Orleans, Po' Boy Quarter delivers a delicious menu straight from the heart of Louisiana itself. 

 

Appropriately, the venue is split into two worlds. The front dining area leaves no doubt...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:41pm

Looking for something more exciting than basic muesli, smashed avo and breakfast burgers these days? There’s a reason why Pavlov’s Duck is fast becoming one of “Melbourne’s least boring cafes”.

 

You may have heard the name before because Pavlov’s Duck has been around for some time, but two years ago this ordinary café was taken over by new owners – who added the unique Sri...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:37pm

South Wharf is an island within the bustling Melbourne city precinct. Spacious alleyways duck and weave along the water’s edge, filled to the brim with a treasure trove of culinary delights. Tucked away on the Yarra River, the area also has a long and rich history. Boasting a birthday of 1870, the South Wharf area was once a maritime boat building yard. Artefacts both big and small still...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:32pm

On Collingwood’s Peel Street, just below the neon lit gaze of a flying pig with lazer beam eyes, a slice of pizza heaven awaits, offering some of the tastiest wood fire pizza menus known to Melbourne.

 

Among the backdrop of a majestic Victorian era mansion, a funky front bar greets you as you enter, the vibe made both chilled and energetic all at once, with thanks to the array...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:27pm

Melbourne is now home to a silly number of establishments going through a make-under to try and appeal to people who once smashed PBR tins in a cool dive bar when they were in America. There’s nothing authentic about an owner openly calling their bar, restaurant, or diner a ‘dive’. That’s for others to decide. But the relatively-recently-renamed Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar actually is ...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 2:23pm

Whether you’re having drinks with friends or looking for a hearty meal, start your evening right at Jalisco Mexican. Chapel Street’s newest kid on the block, it flaunts an authentic Mexican dining experience and an even more authentic love for tequila.

 

Upon stepping into Jalisco, you are instantly given a taste of Mexico even before you order from the menu. Bright, Aztec-...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:49pm

Green tea was once a conjectured health asset, but its recent advocacy comes from strong proven advantages – improved brain function, increased fat burning and reduced risk of cancer, to name but a few. If a cup of standard green tea excites you, then consider the power of its more organic and potent relative: matcha. 

 

A powdered alternative, one cup of it is estimated to have...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:46pm

The Grace Darling Hotel has long been turning heads because of its inability to aesthetically wane despite being the second oldest pub in Melbourne. It bears a marvellously uninjured stone exterior and a recently refurbished, smart interior accommodating a number of social exploits such as evening drinks, live music or fine dining.

 

A menu which is nothing exorbitant is a...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:43pm

Nestled above the hustle and bustle of Swanston Street is the very modest Cabinet Bar. You could easily walk past it on your daily commute to work, but it's become the go-to spot for workers treating themselves to a drink after a long day.

 

The bar flaunts a wide selection of drinks but loves to showcase its cocktails the most, which feel like an essential as you soak up the...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:39pm

Bimbo Deluxe has got you sorted, whatever your flavour orientation. Already established as the pizza hotspot along the roaring Brunswick Street of Fitzroy, diners have long enjoyed a delicious and affordable menu. 

 

The setting is cosy and retro downstairs, decked out with a full bar of tap beers, ciders and spirits. Or if you want to take advantage of that sweet summer air, you...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:35pm

2016 has been the year of the American-inspired meal. As the undeniably delicious craze swept across our city, it’s only natural that burger-lovers from all over Melbourne began their search for the best of the best. The hunt was on for baked daily bread rolls, fresh patties and all of the tasty toppings to match. Little did they know, all it would take to complete their quest was a quick trip...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:31pm

 

Walking into The Beaufort, it looks exactly how you want the food to taste; as though you’ve just stumbled into one the best taverns of the Deep South – complete with a pool table and bourbon-branded neon signs.
 
If you’re just after a quiet tipple the tap beers are on regular rotation, with this season's picks including the Hawkers’ IPA, Three Sheets, an English pale ale...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:27pm

Standing proud amongst the surrounding 19th century facades on Richmond’s Swan Street, the beautifully quaint and cosy Greek restaurant, Agapi welcomes you to come and enjoy a traditional feast of delights. The name itself literally translates to the word ‘love’, and once you’ve dined here, it’s easy to see why this venue is a hard one not to fall for.

 

You are invited with open...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 5:42pm

Celebrating their 11th birthday, Melbourne's Hoo Haa Bar will be turning the clock - and their prices - all the way back to 2005. 

 

As well as serving drinks at 2005 prices, the crew will also be launching their little sister venture Kuku Mama's new menu. 
 
The new menu features some delicious creations, including a lobster tail corn dog, served  on a stick with...

Posted 8 Nov 2016 @ 4:37pm

The Night Noodle Markets are back this month for another huge season of live music, installation art and of course, fantastic Asian cuisine.

 

The huge outdoor food festival is celebrating the return of many crowd favourites, including Wonderbao, Hoy Pinoy Bbq, Mr. Miyagi, Bao stop and over 30 other exotic food stalls from around the world.
 
It wouldn't be a true...

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