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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...

Posted 4 Apr 2014 @ 3:40pm

Brunswick Bitter is hosting its second Brunswick’s Better Community Day to showcase and promote local businesses, craft manufactures and food purveyors.

 

Open to the public, this is the second in a series of monthly community days hosted at the brewery designed to highlight the diversity, quality and creativity of great locally based small businesses and what they can offer to...

Posted 2 Apr 2014 @ 9:18am

Richmond’s Public House is an impressive venue – not necessarily in size but what manager Andrew Simmonds and his team manage to pack into a week of dining, drinking and partying.

 

An average week at Public House begins with its extraordinary Tuesday steak night that sees a prime 300g cut of porterhouse steak cooked to perfection for only $14. Each steak is dressed in red wine...

Posted 1 Apr 2014 @ 5:32pm

Hello Sam is Melbourne’s newest Burger Café located at 760 Chapel Street, South Yarra. They offer a huge range of Gourmet Burgers including 100% angus, lean Australian lamb and chicken schnitzels. This eatery cater to the vegans and vegetarians out there with our bean and corn burger, tofu burger and our portobello mushrooms. Their buns are sweet brioche or vegan and gluten free.

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Posted 1 Apr 2014 @ 5:11pm

 

What can we say; Maurice Salvador at Tre Espresso Cafe/Bar runs a great Italiano shop – some say that it is Little Italy in the heart of Brunswick.
 
Maurice brings his expertises, along with his passion for people, food and music together with his reputable Chef Frank Mammone for an unforgettable Italian encounter.  Recipes are traditional from various provinces of Italy...

Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:08pm

Mad Mex inhabits an interesting territory on Melbourne culinary landscape: the food is too fresh and too high quality to be considered fast food but it is too accessible to be considered fine dining.

 

Basically, you order a base such as burrito, nachos, tacos, quesadilla, and then move along a ‘fresh ingredient production line’ and in less than 3 minutes you have an...

Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:04pm

Hot dogs are a colloquial small good that you definitely don’t want to give too much thought. All you need to know is that they are super tasty, affordable and go well with almost any kind of delicious topping piled into the bun.

 

After nagging my lovely colleague Stinky Parry to let me do a Beat Eats review, he finally let me. I’m somewhat of an expert and fan of...

Posted 24 Feb 2014 @ 7:04pm

At times parts of Abbotsford remind me of an era when Paul Keating proclaimed that it was the “Recession we had to have!” Well Jr Morse is the coffee shop that Abbotsford “had to have”. 

 

This awesome little hole in the wall coffee and food outlet, positioned at the bottom of the ramp that leads up to platform 1 of Victoria Park train station, is humble yet incredible.

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Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 2:47pm

This Valentine's Day, Hammer & Tong is sharing the love with Executive Chef Simon Ward creating a once off menu created to be shared with your loved one. 

 

Hammer & Tong will be showcasing a three course menu that is designed for sharing; the perfect way to spend an intimate evening with someone special. Designed to entice the palette, the menu features Coffin bay...

Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 11:42am

On Sunday February 2 the Beat Eats team headed down to funky Melbourne eatery Trunk to be a part of their 'The Zoo Sundays'. 

 

In the clutches of sizzling hot day, 38 degrees, the team was adequately soothed by Budweiser and cocktails courtesy of Sailor Jerry rum. Additionally, the masterful Trunk kitchen put together delicious American style tapas including chilli con carne,...

Posted 12 Feb 2014 @ 11:30am

Joe’s Bar and Dining Hall is bringing American spirit to St Kilda with two events that will make your heart sing and leave your taste buds begging for their next hit of Joe’s American fare.

 

To mark the New Orleans Mardi Gras, the French term for ''Fat Tuesday” and the biggest day of the New Orleans calendar, on Sunday February 16  Joe’s is hosting its own party outdoors and in...

Posted 28 Jan 2014 @ 9:39am

Many years ago, the Monty Python troupe derided American beers as like making love in a canoe; having also applied their Cambridge-with-a-sledgehammer humour to Australian wine (‘Chateau Chunder’), Python chose wisely to ignore the temptation to take the piss out of Australian beer. After all, wasn’t Australian beer just the bland liquid that Bazza McKenzie guzzled as fuel for his obnoxious...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 7:51pm

Move over cider, it be all about the ice tea for 2014.

 

Leading the alcoholic ice tea movement is new kid on the block, Trumpeters Alcoholic Ice Tea. 

 

Created by Melbourne husband and wife duo, Hayden and Anna Newton, the inspiration for the locally brewed tipple lies in 1920’s New Orleans. In the midst of prohibition, jazz bands playing in speakeasies would cool...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 7:49pm

Attention Brunswick residents: Your prayers have been answered The Penny Black now has awesome cheap pizzas. From the visionaries that bought you Bimbo Deluxe and The Lucky Coq, The Penny Black now has a kick-ass pizza menu that includes the Lo Zenzero Prawn ($8.50). This tasty seafood pizza is seasoned with ginger, garlic, chilli, coriander, Caesar dressing, lemon and bean sprouts that...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 7:46pm

Reality TV likes to make a big deal of makeovers, whether they are of house, home cooks, or bookish Korean karaoke singers. However, the reality (pun intended) is that motivated people continually reinvent the proverbial wheel in far bolder ways than any of the aforementioned fame addicted tosspots.

 

For the better part of 2013 St. Kilda's The Post underwent a meteoric makeover...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 7:41pm

The Fitzroy Beer Garden is a place for locals. On Sunday Beat Eats was treated to a superb late lunch on the sun spectacled beer garden that boasts an array of large tables placed with casual elegance around the tree and fern drenched garden.

 

Head chef Chris ‘Sparkles’ Marchant is quiet softly spoken man with a very friendly face and when he talks about the food that comes from...

Posted 20 Jan 2014 @ 7:32pm

Any keen observer of the music industry would be aware that classic musicality has come to the fore of popular music over the past six years with acts like Britain’s Florence & The Machine and Adele as well as the U.S’s Beirut and Dirty Projectors all imbuing the disciplines of classical music into their music. This reflects an audience who are more informed, via the hyper information...

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

Getting tattoos is awesome and so is eating vegan! Now Beat Eats can announce that there is a once stop shop where you can get both. That’s right you can head to Essendon and enjoy Il Gobbo’s famous Spot Burger with a double vegan patty, double vegan bacon and double vegan cheese while also booking in or getting some killer ink. This is the first in many 100% plant-based Il Gobbo food chains...

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

At the end of October two rather scholarly Beat employees sauntered along to Fitzroy’s bourgeois bar and eatery, the dulcetly sultry and subtle Southpaw. It was the debut of their monthly Sunday special TV Quiz and TV Dinner.


Long-time quizmaster of Melbourne alternative quiz scene George Hatzigeorgiou gave Beat Eats the down low on this night he hosts.

 

“Do...

Posted 20 Nov 2013 @ 4:53am

What do you like about food? Personally, I like texture – that crunch or conversely the slide – of the dish as it hits the pallet. I also accept and savour a culinary challenge such as a pork dumpling served as a taco. St. Kilda Bathes Captain Baxter is the culinary king of fusion and with it situated overlooking St. Kilda beach it is the perfect place for summer drinks and nibbles, nibbles...

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