Bonny is a modern, moody, minimalist, and even mind-blowing bar of discovery that inspires locals and showcases cutting edge beer, natural wine and cocktails from around Melbourne and beyond. With regular exciting additions to the drinks menu, and a rotating kitchen featuring top chefs every 3 months, Bonny is always evolving and expressing itself in new ways. We were invited along to experience what is surely one of Melbourne's finest bars, and one of the most interesting. How about a Garage Project Fairy Bread White? Or an Architects of Wine Barbera (extraordinary)? Or Momokawa Junmai Sake? This is a bar that blows up beige, and releases the colour and nuance of fabulous drinking.
A Melbourne favourite The grand Dining Room is re-opening after lockdown. In more good news on Melbourne’s revival, The Grand Dining Room in Richmond will re-open on 12th May after closing last March for the first lockdown. One of the city’s favourite dining venues, the restaurant is known for its consistent quality, modern Italian cuisine and impeccable service. A restaurant that evokes many a fond memory with more chapters to be written.
Old Beijing is set to be the new home of Peking Duck, following a stunning launch in Artemis Lane QV Melbourne. The much anticipated Chinese restaurant opens in May, with proud owners declaring they will honour the best of local produce in bringing the largest Chinese restaurant to Melbourne. We were invited to the massive launch party at this stylish new Melbourne restaurant, “One Night in Beijing”, where we were able to sample the authentic Beijing food menu, enjoy delicious cocktails and lively entertainment, with many celebrities in attendance and a fun dress code of black and gold.
Gukbab Korean is a modern family-friendly Korean restaurant in the Melbourne CBD that has been impressing lovers of Korean food since 2011, and has now relaunched with Gukbab 2.0. Korean soul food at its finest in the Melbourne CBD. The relaunched Gukbab features a newly renovated restaurant with neon signage and stunning mural art, exciting new dishes, plus some of the classic signature dishes of the last 10 years. We were invited to lunch with media to experience Gukbab 2.0, hosted by Roslyn Foo and her team from Glamorazzi.
Prince Alfred Hotel in Church St Richmond is a local hero pub with a loyal following and plenty to offer, including top notch steaks and pub classics. We were invited along to experience the menu on a weeknight and were super impressed with the offering.
Julia Busuttil Nishimura (aka. Julia Ostro) is one of Australia’s most loved cooks, with her work celebrating simple ingredients, seasonal produce and the joys of coming together at the table. Providoor is giving you and your loved ones an opportunity to bring some of that joy to your own kitchen table, with Julia hosting an online masterclass on Sunday 23 May, alongside Chef Shane Delia.
Collingwood's latest neighbourhood bar and restaurant - Sixty Smith, is proving popular with locals with its relaxed modern dining. The restaurant is not just a smart foodie destination but something of a hub for locals with its community emphasis. We were invited to sample the menu and see what Sixty Smith is all about, and we were highly impressed. A personal and approachable experience with excellent service and interesting menu items divided between "graze" (sometimes that's what you feel like) and "gorge" featuring more substantial dishes.
Date night? Catch up with friends or family? Red Pepper Indian Restaurant in Bourke St Melbourne is serving up some serious Dinner Set menu options, elevating the authentic dishes of India. Since 2006 Jagjeet Kaur has been delighting Melbourne diners with her "take" on classic authentic dishes, mainly from North India, but also bringing diners a culinary journey across the whole nation. Red Pepper has also extended its opening hours on Fridays and Saturdays to 11pm. And the restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner on Mother's Day.
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