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Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:25pm

 

The Yarra Hotel is widely considered as the veteran pub of Abbotsford amongst locals. While the pub itself is probably older than your grandmother and grandfather combined, the new owners, who took over the joint in 2012, have worked tirelessly to recreate the pub as it originally stood all those years back.  Thankfully for us, they've managed to do exactly that, and the Yarra...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:19pm

 

Walk down through the slightly shabby but charming carpeted foyer, past the main bar on the left and step out into the delightful space that is The Retreat’s beer garden. Surrounded by astro-turf and decking, it’s truly magical, especially when the cherry blossom is in full bloom.
 
An unwavering Sydney Road favourite and the home of live music on the strip, The Retreat...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:13pm

 

Once upon a time, Footscray was one of those suburbs you always thought was much further away than it actually is. Made famous – or infamous, we can’t figure it out – by Franco Cozzo, Foot-a-scray has more recently been touted by smooth-talking real estate agents as one of Melbourne’s up-and-coming suburbs and the place is freaking buzzing. But we already knew how great it is because...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:06pm

 

We like venues that don’t beat around the bush. The Fitzroy Beer Garden is exactly what it sounds like, and is an integral part of the Gertrude Street tapestry. Of course, it’s a place for this special we could simply not ignore for rather obvious reasons. Red paper lanterns hang overhead and bamboo shoots surround you as you share a jug of Pimms and lemonade or sip on a pint of...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:03pm

Who is this Penny Black? What’s her deal? Research (pff, OK, one Google search and a Wikipedia page later) tells us she wasn’t a real person, but the name given to the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in the public postal system. What has this got to do with beer then? You’d be surprised, plus we’re sure you enjoyed the random bit of trivia. It is, in fact, a cheeky nod to this famed...

Posted 16 Oct 2014 @ 3:01pm

 

Victoria Street Richmond is not typically the place you would venture to for a sophisticated drinking and dining experience. An awkward-turn-boozy dinner at Binh Minh with your estranged high school friends, sure, but not really the place you’d expect to find great, refined-but-not-pretentious pub food and bartenders who really know their shit. You poor, naïve little soul.
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Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:25pm

 

When I was a kid, I felt genuinely hard-done-by when Mum said I wasn’t allowed to have a Mr. Whippy. We can call it the original food truck, but Melbourne’s pallet, like with most of our cuisine these days, has become a heap more sophisticated. These food trucks are popping up absolutely everywhere. At last check, the Australian Food Truck Directory (yes, it exists) has 149 active...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:23pm

 

Chris Terlikar knows a thing or two about meat. With a background in fine dining, a chance encounter in Brooklyn with Hill Country barbeque food in Brooklyn altered his path into the smoky depths of slow cooking. After being guided by pit boss heavyweights in Texas and stints as a pop-up chef at The Beaufort and Grub Van, Chris has planted his feet in Collingwood with a Bluebonnet to...

Posted 23 Sep 2014 @ 4:19pm

 

We're not going to go on about the juiciness of the patty, the sweetness of the bun or the gooiness of the cheese: would you just look at this thing? The beloved Spotted Mallard’s menu is evolving to err on the simpler side with Executive Chef Sam Grose stripping it back and focusing on what foodies venture to The Mallard for the most: the burgers. Set in the homely, unassuming...

Posted 18 Sep 2014 @ 5:01pm

Ding Dong Lounge is one of the most well-known fixtures on Melbourne’s live music landscape – its combination of the best local and international bands, along with late night parties and the best rock DJs in Melbourne makes it world famous. Since its redesign two years ago under helm of Melbourne rock doyen Billy Walsh (former drummer of Cosmic Psychos), Ding Dong has boasted a cocktail bar...

Posted 18 Sep 2014 @ 12:09pm

The Curtin has announced that Huxtaburger will be first to take the reins on its new Kitchen in Residence program.

 

Kicking off next month, the program will feature a rotating kitchen of a bunch of favourite Melbourne eateries. Huxtaburger's pop-up restaurant promises to be there for at least six months and will provide gig-goers with some much needed late-night fuel for The...

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 12:27pm

Ding Dong Lounge’s newly opened Cajun and Creole restaurant Girl with the Gris Gris is set to welcome Australian soul sensation and leading lady of The Bamboos, Kylie Auldist and her five-piece funk soul orchestra The Glenroy Allstars, for a very special night of music and soul food as part of Mo’ Soul.

 

Join Kylie Auldist and The Glenroy Allstars with support from Fulton Street...

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 1:50pm

The Yarra Hotel has everything that is good about a classic pub. It’s got good music, a great beer garden and amazing food.

 

In line with the venue’s down to earth style and commitment to freshness, the deep fried dishes on the menu are cooked in Cottonseed oil that is changed three times a week and it has a high smoke point so the food is fried at a higher temperature, ensuring...

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 1:47pm

Since opening in October 2013, South Yarra’s Hello Sam has made it its goal to produce gourmet hamburgers that cater for all tastes and dietary persuasions.  This is classy food at an affordable price.

 

Hello Sam is the brainchild of Katherine Sampson, a food retailer with 20 years experience, who two years ago saw a run down cafe in South Yarra as an opportunity to create a...

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 1:44pm

Beat Eats ran its debut burger special around this time last year, and at the time we were intrigued with a new burger joint that had just opened down the Windsor end of Chapel st called Babu Burger With Balls. What got us so intrigued was the à la carte style in that they cooked their burgers to order – medium-rare, medium, medium-well or well-done. You can choose the size of the pattie –...

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 11:55am

Something’s brewing in Ballarat. The fourth annual Ballarat Beer Festival is back, with a new date for 2015. 

 

Victoria’s original and favourite craft beer festival will be held over the Australia Day long weekend. Thousands of locals and out-of-towners are expected to descend upon the city once again to celebrate liquid gold.
 
The festival team have also announced...

Posted 29 Jul 2014 @ 5:15pm

On a budget? In partnership with Menulog.com.au, we’ve picked out ten of Melbourne’s best eats for under $10. Dig in.

 

Food Project 437, Northcote: Hot Indiano Vego Pizza ($10)
Ever wondered what it’d feel like to get kicked in the...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 3:22pm

Starting next week, Melbourne's favourite food trucks will roll into the Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In once a month.

 

From burritos and Argentinian BBQ to woodfire pizzas and Asian street food the choices are countless. Combine that with the latest releases on the big screen and the Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival has got you covered for a killer night out.
 
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Posted 14 Jul 2014 @ 6:34pm

Tipped to be the best party Melbourne has ever seen on a Monday night, South Melbourne Market’s Bastille Day Celebration will be held this coming Monday July 14. What started as a celebration among friends at Claypots Evening Star, has now become one of Melbourne’s most vibrant community celebrations, drawing hundreds to South Melbourne Market’s Cecil Street Arts and Entertainment Precinct....

Posted 14 Jul 2014 @ 6:33pm

In the saturated Melburnian burger market, how can a burger restaurant distinguish itself? One way is to generously offer free tap beer alongside a delectable burger all day from Monday to Thursday. Or you could also boast $10 jugs all day every day. Or even provide an upstairs function room with space for 150 people.

 

Well, Brunswick Burger Buzz do both, but that’s not the...

Posted 24 Jun 2014 @ 2:32pm

Beat loves burgers: big beefy burgers with piles of artery-blocking yellow stuff plus suitable doses of relish, mustard and the green stuff. Lygon Street's B.East provides two pin-up boys of these qualities in The Classic and The B.East. In a Melbourne first, and potentially a world first, our dogged food critic Fat Preston got some one-on-one time with The Classic – like, the actual burger –...

Posted 18 Jun 2014 @ 2:39pm

A trio of Melbourne's most exciting young chefs will take over Fitzroy's Hammer and Tong for Friends With Benefits Round 2 this July.

 

After its massive sold out success in 2013, the restaurant's executive chef Simon Ward will once again hand over his hat to three more promising chefs. Kicking off the series will be The Age's Young Chef of the Year 2013, Mark Briggs, while Nick...

Posted 20 May 2014 @ 4:19pm

Thunder Road Brewery is an independent local brewery located in Brunswick with a commitment to fresh exciting brews that contain only the best ingredients and possess a truly unique flavour. In 2014 Thunder Road Brewery has been committed to botanicals, they’re trailing over 100 rare botanicals to create rich and floral flavours.
 
Beat Eats headed down to Thunder Road Brewery’s...

Posted 20 May 2014 @ 4:17pm

A Philly Cheesesteak is the ultimate comfort food. You have thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll combined with cheese, onion and any number of tasty food stuffs.
 
Over the past 24- months Melbourne has experienced an influx of eateries selling Philly cheesesteaks with mixed levels of success. It would seem from sampling both the good and the bad that Beat...

Posted 20 May 2014 @ 4:14pm

 

Choukette on Bruswick’s Sydney road is home to the finest selection of French pastries and savouries we’ve sampled outside of a Parisian boulangerie. Big call we know, but chef Nans Wojtczak tells us that even his native French customers say his croissants are the best they’ve ever tasted.
 
So what makes a good croissant? Choukette’s croissants (the house specialty) are...

Posted 20 May 2014 @ 4:12pm

 

Carlton’s The Beaufort is a homely venue. Its intimate digs and wild west aesthetic in the dining area, now known as Ike’s Rack Shack, makes it a place you want to spend time and drink and eat and drink and eat and...
 
The Beaufort’s rough cut aesthetic is ironically belied by founder Dave Kerr, formerly a high-end cocktail bar man, commitment to high quality food and...

Posted 15 May 2014 @ 5:02pm

You best believe it. Melbourne is officially getting a Cat Cafe.

 

The confirmation came via the the Facebook page of Cat Cafe Melbourne, who have announced that they have officially found the purrfect premise.
 
Cat Cafes were first invented 15 years ago in...

Posted 13 May 2014 @ 1:51pm

Cavalier Brewing and Young Bloods Diner are presenting Hand Crafted. 

 

Being held in the iconic Rose St Artist Market, ticket holders will enjoy an amazing lunch served by Young Bloods Diner and three award-winning beers poured by Cavalier Brewing. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase unique art pieces being created live on the day by some of Melbourne’s...

Posted 8 May 2014 @ 10:34am

Uni students and food truck aficionados rejoice!  

 

To celebrate the newly completed renovations at their Therry St store, our mates over at Mr Burger will be giving away free burgers this Saturday. The new store's cooking capacity has increased thanks to a larger grill and the dining area now offers seating for 45-plus burger-eaters.
 
Since Mr Burger's launch in...

Posted 15 Apr 2014 @ 2:25pm

In the last edition of Beat Eats there was an article on The Fitzroy Beer Garden in which we caught up with the venues head chef Sparkles who spoke about what makes The Famous Fat Eddy burger so tasty but Sparkles also worded us up on his favourite dish on the menu – Mussels & Fries. Well for this month’s edition of Beat Eats Sparkles has been kind enough to give us his recipe for his...

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