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.
Overlooking the Fitzroy Gardens in East Melbourne, Italian all-day eatery Roccella has a commanding presence amongst locals. Initially opening in January 2020, not long before the world came to a halt, the restaurant credits its survival on this fiercely loyal community. We were invited to the Sicily themed Italian regional dinner at this modern Italian eatery in East Melbourne.
Hot Pot lovers rejoice with David's Hot Pot Melbourne bringing Sichuan hot pot joy to this city, including a modern vibrant restaurant in Doncaster East. With 30 years of experience behind chef Jianlin Zhang the Doncaster restaurant has already become a popular dining destination in the eastern suburbs. If you're like me you love the sensory experience of a hot pot experience, including the aromas of the steaming soup. We were invited along for a hot pot feast on a weeknight, with plenty of parking nearby.
The Middle Park Hotel is a local hero with serious dining options, and has gone to another level since being renovated during lockdown. We were invited to wine and dine and experience the dining room (also a large bar, outside area and boutique hotel) offerings at iconic Middle Park Hotel. When people in Melbourne are asked to list their favourite pubs, it seems Middle Park Hotel often comes to the fore in the conversation.
Yakimono, a contemporary high-energy, inner-city eating house is set to pen in late 2021, a collaboration between Chris Lucas and Chef Martin Benn.
Iconic Indian Restaurant Red Pepper on Bourke St in the Melbourne CBD is celebrating it's 15th year of trading, with owner/chef Jagjeet Kaur delighting thousands of Melbourne diners over the years with her signature authentic cooking. This is a great achievement, as Melbourne restaurants often "come and go", especially in these challenging times. For Red Pepper to be firmly established in the Melbourne restaurant scene 15 years after opening in 2006, is a triumph and testimony to Jagjeet and her team.
An overnight stay in The Prince Hotel followed by a next level breakfast in the newly renovated Prince Public Bar, provided the perfect staycation tonic we were looking for. The Prince precinct is a foodie's dream with everything at your fingertips, including a soiree at Little Prince Wine. For decades Prince Public Bar has been a much-loved watering hole in St kilda for locals, and in light of its revent renovation, is now also a go-to brunch spot.
Poodle Upstairs has hit the Melbourne bar scene with a splash, a relaxed and vibey bar overlooking iconic Gertrude St. Spontaneous drinks and dining is Melbourne is well and truly back. Dropping into a much loved local or crossing town to explore a new bar has never felt so good. Poodle Upstairs is one to put on the list of Melbourne’s newest places to feel the thrill of being out again. We were invited to a superb launch party at Melbourne's latest venue.
Zoë Rubino and Emilio Scalzo’s Poodle Bar & Bistro is located in the heart of Fitzroy on Gertrude Street. The new Poodle Upstairs is open Friday and Saturday nights for walk-in drinks with a snacking menu different to the downstairs offering. Poodle Upstairs continues the venue’s distinctive luxe design aesthetic by Wendy Bergman (Bergman & Co) with the additional comfort of an open fire (bring on winter!) and a private dining room for events.
Red Pepper Indian Restaurant located at the top end of leafy Bourke St is delighting Melbourne diners with its Thali lunches, inspired by owner/chef Jagjeet Kaur. Tired of the same old lunch options? City worker? Looking for a lunch destination for an office celebration? Family or friends catch up in the CBD? Love Indian food?
Wine Victoria (peak body representing the Victorian wine industry) has launched Victoria’s first online wine directory, Behind the Vines, the definitive guide to buying Victorian wines. Specifically, Behind the Vines is dedicated to helping consumers find their perfect local wine based on their taste preferences and shop directly from their chosen producer. The catchcry of "Why wouldn't you choose Victorian?" resonates, with the campaign emphasising the world class offering of Victorian wine.
We're excited to get our fill of Oktoberfest treats all year round at Melbourne’s newest German street food venue, Little Hof. We’re talking crackling pork knuckle on the rotisserie, sizzling German sausages on the BBQ and Bretzels fresh out of the oven, all while sipping on a cold Bavarian Bier. Situated in the heart of one of the city’s most important food markets, South Melbourne Market, Little Hof is set to put German food on the map by creating an authentic, European food experience.
Visit the team from Windsor’s favourite modern Italian restaurant as they host a series of free 30-minute masterclasses on the art of making passata in the Prahran Market display kitchen between 10:30 am-1:00pm.
From the team behind The East Pantry and Parkstone comes a new cafe oasis in Melbourne’s north. Placed in the bustling Essendon Fields business and community precinct, Friction is a light-filled, modern eatery nailing the winning mix of top-notch customer service and quality cuisine, where local ingredients are at the forefront.
After a lockdown in Melbourne meant we couldn’t go out for Valentine’s Day, LUCAS RESTAURANTS (LUCAS) is rescheduling to this Sunday 21 February so you can still celebrate with the one you love. What a brilliant concept.
Welcoming back guests for special feasts for two at Chin Chin Melbourne, Kisumé, Baby Pizza and Hawker Hall with bookings now open for lunch and dinner. There’s complimentary Champagne at Chin Chin and Kisumé, special lip gloss gifts at Baby Pizza and the choice of fiery menus at Hawker Hall, giving you every reason to celebrate again and treat your special someone to the night out they deserve.
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Is this the best value set menu Valentine's dinner in Melbourne? For only $49 per person you can enjoy some of the best Indian food in Melbourne at iconic Red Pepper restaurant in Bourke St. Affordable but not "cheap" with legendary chef/owner Jagjeet at the helm. We are hearing there will be 3 entrees, 2 mains, sides and dessert as part of the set menu. This is an iconic restaurant in Melbourne at the Paris end of Bourke St, a romantic location in itself. Red Pepper has been undergoing some renovations and the vibe is modern and captivating, perfect for your date night. How better to celebrate Valentie's Day with traditional Indian dishes with superb use of spices, for an authentic experience.
Mr T Burgers & Fried Chicken in Croydon is making seismic waves with ex-Geologist Dean Travers bringing burger and fried chicken goodness. in our opinion this burger joint is up there with top burger joints in Melbourne.