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Posted 6 Aug 2015 @ 12:07pm

A revolutionary name-your-price pho pop-up in the CBD is now open. 

 

For a short time, Pho Real is filling bowls of steamy noodle goodness and asking you to choose the price. Their 12-hour slow cooked broth is available in chicken, beef and vegetarian varieties, so there's something for everyone.  And if pho just isn't your thing, they're also dishing up crispy spring rolls,...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 5:27pm

Award-winning social enterprise the Food Justice Truck has revealed that it will officially launch next Wednesday with a performance from Clare Bowditch. 

 

The Food Justice Truck is a mobile fresh food market that offers locally sourced produce including fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, tea and bread at 75% discount to asylum seekers. Created by the Asylum Seeker...

Posted 4 Aug 2015 @ 2:09pm

Think you can handle your chilli? Well, you best keep a glass of milk at hand because we've put together the definitive list of Melbourne's spiciest and most sweat-inducing dishes that'll put your tastebuds to the test. From mouth-numbing Asian specialties to southern fried scorchers, we’ve compiled favourites from across the city.

 

Chongqing Chilli Chicken at...

Posted 4 Aug 2015 @ 2:08pm

Just one year after launching his debut restaurant with Fitzroy's Addict Food and Coffee, Greg Brassil is opening the doors to a specialty coffee bar in the city. 

 

Brassil is aiming to keep the vibe simple, with quality products throughout. As well as serving up coffee from Small Batch and Market Lane, there are Short Stop doughnuts, Bakewell & Co sweet pies, Noisette...

Posted 4 Aug 2015 @ 2:06pm

Why did the chicken cross the road? To open up shop and further share their southern style chicken with the masses, of course. Now that's fingerlickin' good. 

 

Belle's Hot Chicken in Fitzroy has quickly risen to cult status amongst deep fry aficionados. Their signature dishes and tear jerking hot sauces will come with them, as well as some new additions to make their debut upon...

Posted 4 Aug 2015 @ 2:05pm

From the crew behind Mr Burger, Tall Timber and Fancy Hank’s comes Homeslice - the classic neighbourhood pizza store. 

 

Under the watchful eye of head chef Antony Campbell (Enoteca Silen), Homeslice will focus on creating simple Roman-style pizzas, accompanied by a range of seasonal salads and anti-pasto. Also on offer is a seasonal craft beer list. To cap it all off, they'll be...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:26pm

There are three kinds of people who ride the 86 tram down Gertrude Street. The first stays glued to their smartphone, the second keeps their eyes peeled for a plain clothes tram inspector and the third looks out the window and sees a quaint little corner pub just a couple of blocks away from Smith Street.

 

This pub is The Wilde, and inside they offer exceptional hospitality and...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:23pm

Sydney Road is a food and drink mecca, and The Spotted Mallard is one of the strip’s finest fixtures. A former ballroom, it’s now a beautiful live music venue with classy wooden floors and an outside balcony that conjures up thoughts of a classic country pub. Menu-wise, the dishes are all reliable.

 

They’re not trying to show off at the Mallard; they know what you want and they...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:16pm

The Public Bar has a reputation for incredibly noisy rock music, especially on the weekends. However, if hard moshing isn’t your thing, it’s also a convenient place to grab a quiet meal and a delectable brew. Located just north of Queen Victoria Market, the popular gig venue is now home to Sir Chicory St Claire’s Sanctioned Digestive Parlour.

 

There’s an appealing selection of...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:12pm

Leave your apprehensions at home, the chefs behind Shizuku Ramen have absolutely no time for the greasy mess of carcinogens that constitute the Asian dish gone wrong. Devoid of any nutritional value and inducing a state of inescapable fatigue, this is every Japanese ex-pat’s nightmare

 

Pioneering the push for ramen-done-right, and pairing their foodstuffs with nearly one hundred...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:09pm

In 1958 two commissioners named Shaw and Davey set out to demolish the parts of Carlton they declared slums. The folk behind The Shaw Davey Slum are a proud bunch and they’ve created a shining beacon of everything that’s great about this suburb. With one foot in the present and another in the past, there’s nothing slum-like about The Slum.

 

The first thing you’ll notice about...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 9:03pm

If you’re hankering for a hearty Italian feast and keen to enter a state halfway between carb-loaded stupor and nutritious satisfaction, then Sauced Pasta Bar is the place for you. After arriving on Chapel Street in 2013, Sauced recently launched their second venture in the middle of ever-hungry Camberwell. In recent years the c-word has inspired fear in the hearts and waistlines of many. As a...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:55pm

If you’ve dragged a poor soul out shopping with you the least you can do is treat them to a fantastic meal. With some of the best Asian flavours this side of the equator, Red Spice QV is the perfect way to apologise to your shopping accomplice. Not only do they specialise in fresh food but they also have an impressive collection of paintings from Melbourne artist David Bromley.

 

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Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:52pm

On a generous corner of Brunswick Street sits the newly opened Pálinka Bar and Kitchen. What’s Pálinka you ask? For starters, it’s a pure European spirit, distilled from a range of stone fruits and berries. When served, however, it becomes so much more. A conversation starter, a refreshing concept and Eastern Europe’s best kept secret – until now.

 

Stepping into Pálinka Bar is...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:47pm

Situated in the heart of Collingwood, the fantastically designed Mjr Tom has people talking for more reasons than snappy décor. A new arrival on the Smith Street culinary trail, Mjr Tom purvey fine food, coffee and booze at an affordable price.

 

As well as being a great place to grab a coffee or a beer, the brunch, lunch and dinner options are dangerously appealing. Plus if you’...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:22pm

A short walk from Melbourne University sits a converted terrace house, filled with healthy and delicious vegan food to stimulate the head and the heart. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also the best value feed you’ll find this side of the city.

 

Stepping into Mantra Lounge a sense of calm washes over you. Situated in a leafy Carlton street, as you enter you’re greeted by a hand...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:12pm

Since its inception in 2006, Lucky Coq has taken hold as a Chapel Street favourite for both afternoon punters and late night revellers. Aside from being a fantastic place to go out drinking the Coq offers a huge array of delicious pizzas – all cheap enough to leave you enough coin for an extra pint of craft beer.

 

In the best way, Lucky Coq like to keep it simple. With a focus...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 8:05pm

A new and inspiring concept has recently emerged in the heart of Yarraville. Last month, Giddyup Mule opened its doors – a delightfully re-furbished warehouse specialising in a delicious range of vegetarian and meat-based meals, and the ingenious addition of bike and gym facilities, complete with showers. The newly established hub is sure to take the area by storm. I mean, come on, not only...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:56pm

For years Melbourne music lovers have flocked to The Curtin to watch bands and smash beers. Now with Bluebonnet Barbecue taking up a six-month residency, the place has become a hotspot for slabs of delicious smoked meats. The menu offers an incredibly filling smorgasbord of beef, pork, sausage and salad – all the meats are delectably distinct, while being lean and easy to chew. The meal sizes...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:51pm

This inner city venue has been a Melbourne favourite drink spot for years. Everyone has a story about The Carlton, but generally the look on people’s face is one of surprise when you tell them they happen to have a damn fine dining section to the side of their main bar.

 

It’s got a great range of old pub favourites on the menu, and considering how easy it is to get to – there’s...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:38pm

There’s a special kind of magic about Cabinet Bar & Balcony. It’s not only a place where you can seal a big business deal, its also somewhere you can stay late into the night yelling, “Shots, shots, shots”. Every time you wander down Rainbow Alley it feels like you’re in on a secret. As you climb the stairs and see photos of Cabinet regulars smiling down at you, it begins to feel like home...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:25pm

If you’re ever walking down Little Collins Street looking for a dish to wipe away the cobwebs from the night before, take a detour into Burma Lane. They’re awfully nice people, and their tucker isn’t all that bad either.

 

There’s not an overwhelming supply of Burmese cuisine in Melbourne. But fresh, vibrant and packing quite the punch, this section of the world houses a unique...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:20pm

It’s hard to summarise the specialty at Bridies Brunswick. In some respects, the Irish-inspired destination is an old fashioned family friendly pub, with multiple sports screens, comfy seating and a fireplace. It’s also a popular party spot, hosting a range of themed dance parties and live music every Friday/Saturday night, targeted at the over 28s. But just one look at the menu proves they...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:11pm

In the heart of little Saigon there is a pub, and in this pub is a burger, and in this burger are three different cheese croquettes. And it tastes phenomenal. This is a joint to come to with your best friend or your long term partner, because it’s fancy enough to make it seem like you’re putting in special effort, yet casual enough that you can talk loudly about inappropriate things while...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:04pm

My grandma would lose her shit if she knew I voluntarily ate chicken liver parfait. That woman has been trying to feed me her European food for two decades, but for whatever reason, I’ve flat out refused. However, when this fascinating meal was put in front of me at The Roving Marrow, I was intrigued. And it was fucking delicious.

 

Located inside The Astor, The Roving Marrow is...

Posted 3 Aug 2015 @ 7:00pm

8bit has officially taken over Footscray. Their burgers have hunger punters flocking all the way from Abbotsford to Brighton and everywhere in between. The venue offers a new spin on a classic American diner, combining video game decor with a menu full of addictive burgers, dogs and milkshakes.

 

Even on a quiet day the queues stretch around the corner. But don’t be intimidated...

Posted 28 Jul 2015 @ 11:49am

Rotisserie experts Belleville are coming together with legend of Italian cuisine Stefano De Pieri and the Mildura Brewery to celebrate all things chicken. 

 

The kitchen will play host to a cook-off between old school and contemporary dishes, all with the humble chook as the hero ingredient. Using all parts of the bird, De Pieri will be plating Italian favourites from yesteryear...

Posted 23 Jul 2015 @ 2:34pm

If your countdown to the weekend couldn't get any better, Uber and Gelato Messina are teaming up once again.

 

For six hours, Uber users in 17 cities across the country can have a tub of hazelnut gelato (with white chocolate, hazelnut fudge, milk chocolate chips and cream filled wafer) delivered to them. Wherever your ice cream cravings hit.
 
And with five times the...

Posted 21 Jul 2015 @ 2:00pm

The team behind Sweetwater Inn have created their latest offering, an easygoing dive bar set in a '70s timewarp by the name of Leonard's House of Love. 

 

Set in a picture-perfect log cabin complete with pool room, darts and open fire - the new bar and eatery is a cross between an aussie chicken shop and classic Americana.
 
The menu features a brisket patty...

Posted 20 Jul 2015 @ 2:06pm

Now in its third year, the hot chocolate festival is back to take the edge off winter. 

 

Offering over 31 flavours of hot chocolate, the festival will be serving up both classic and crazy iterations of the drink. This year the team have put together creations including bacon and maple syrup, honeycomb and lavender, cookies and cream, mint madness and bittersweet basil. There...

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