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The Food Society combines the celebration of good food with a love for photography. Each of our contributors bring something unique to the table, throwing in snippets of their own adventures along the way, but always writing with one voice. We hope you enjoy your visit here, and as always, bon appétit.

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Scarvelli Cafe

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, Balwyn, Breakfast & Brunch, Coffee, Modern Australian, VICTORIA

Scarvelli Cafe Location: 143 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn VIC Contact: 03 9816 8887 Scarvelli popped up in Balwyn, an area long dominated by a single big name, Snow Pony. For an area as affluent as Brighton et al, it was always mystifying that there wasn’t more variety available. With a good varied menu with substantial lunch meals, afternoons are no longer a trek to the more common haunts. 102A9581 102A9576 102A9571 102A9574
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Pressed Juices

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, Breakfast & Brunch, VICTORIA

Pressed Juices Location: 1230 High St Armadale Armadale, VIC 3143 At $9.50 per bottle, Pressed Juices certainly don’t come cheap. The chain store, now operating in various locations across Melbourne, offers juices via the rarer cold-pressed method; a technique which ensures that each bottle of goodness contains up to 5 times more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than juice made by any other method. These beauties can add a bit of variety to the diet-conscious by helping you obtain the necessary nutrients from fruits and vegetables with ease. The best part about it? They taste darn good.
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Cecconi’s Flinders Lane

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$$ A little bit fancy, $$$$ Fine dining, CBD, International, Italian, VICTORIA

Cecconi’s Flinders Lane Location: Basement, 61 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 8663 0500 Following Melbourne’s newfound affinity for casual dining, there are only a few restaurants left where they’ll hang your jacket, pull out your chair and fold your napkin across your lap. But it’s exactly this sort of charm and attention to detail that carries a lot of weight at Cecconi’s. Set in a basement towards the loftier end of Melbourne CBD, stepping into Cecconi’s feels like entering a world of its own – the space is elegant and softly lit, with white-clothed tables and rich dark walls. Staff are polite and friendly, knowing exactly when to interject and offer assistance and when to leave you to banter. Behind a veil-like wall is, I presume, a private dining area, providing an intimate dining experience. It’s a classic setting – nothing overdone, and what one would expect of a fine dining restaurant.
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Hophaus Bar Launch Party

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, CBD, Pub & Bar Food, Southbank, VICTORIA

Hophaus Bar Location: West end, Mid-level Southgate Ave, Southbank, VIC Contact: 03 9682 5900 A contemporary twist on the great Bavarian Beer Halls, Hophaus is the latest addition to Red Rock Leisure’s stable of social pubs and Southgate’s restaurant precinct, drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the world’s original “craft breweries” that celebrates the Germanic approach to brewing, one of both art and science.
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Prospect Espresso

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, Camberwell, Coffee, Modern Australian, VICTORIA

Prospect Espresso Location: 2a Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell, VIC Contact: 03 9882 7359 As the traffic moves swiftly from Prospect Hill Road to Burke, Prospect Espresso’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appeal is nestled in a wee space, with the crew pumping out consistently excellent coffee and well-executed breakfasts. The pared-back, sun-drenched cafe has quickly become a popular place for those looking for a sweet escape from the buzz of the main shopping strip and the promise of good coffee, all served in those mint-tinted Acme & Co cups. Bliss.
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Book Launch: Flavours of Melbourne

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in VICTORIA

Flavours of Melbourne Smudge Publishing See: website for more details It was only a month ago that, on my way to work, I found myself at the Common Ground cafe, flipping through a magazine highlighting a certain celebrity’s public outburst. Not really one for the tabloids, out of the corner of my eye shot this bright pink, graffiti-inspired thing; a mammoth of a book. Intrigued, I picked it up. “Flavours of Melbourne” it flashed, in big capital letters. My kind of book, it would seem. I spent the next 20 minutes eagerly flipping through its bright pages before realising that I would now have to make a frenzied dash to work. I left Common Ground knowing that I’d only scratched the surface of what promised to be a foodie’s bible.
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Sugar Hit Melbourne Festival

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, Asian, CBD, Dessert, EVENTS, Ice Cream, International, VICTORIA

Sugar Hit Melbourne Website: Facebook page For three months only, Sugar Hit Melbourne, a roving pop-up music festival for sweet fiends, is bringing all of your favourite dessert houses to one convenient place. The first pop up festival kicked off on a Friday with a Bangkok theme at one of our favourite laneway hideaways, Krimper Cafe, with custom desserts from N2 Extreme Gelato and Luxbite, and decadent drinks from Mork Chocolate.
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Third Wave

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$ Moderately priced, American, Barbecue, Prahan, VICTORIA

Third Wave Cafe American BBQ Dinner Location: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC Contact: 03 9510 2991 Thoroughly impressed with the smoky rich flavours of the brunch fare on our last visit to Third Wave (click here for full review), we couldn’t pass up an invitation to try their American BBQ dinner menu. When this menu involves a salacious range of meats and salmon that have been dry rubbed with a complementary mix of spices, smoked over different woods over a period that ranges from 6 to 12 hours, and then slow cooked to juicy tender perfection, how could we say no? Upon our arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff that were more than happy to discuss their recommendations over a menu that is packed with delicious options. This included the 6 different smoked meats and fish from the American BBQ menu, which come in medium/half rack (recommended for 1 person) and large/full rack servings (to be shared by 2), as well as a gluten-free Paleo menu and many of the delicious burger, slider and salad dishes featured in the lunch menu. Looking around, we noted that no love had been lost over the night-time ambience of the eatery, which had transformed from a bright, open café during the day to a softly lit casual diner with a joy-inspiring background track of alternative electro house and pop (much to E’s delight).
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My Other Brother

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, Breakfast & Brunch, Camberwell, VICTORIA

My Other Brother Location: Enter at rear (via car park), 586 Burke Rd Camberwell, VIC 3124 My Other Brother is located in the most unassuming of places – to get to this one, you’ll have to deviate from the bustle of Bourke Road; the cafe sits behind a makeshift picket fence on the boundary of the car park leading to Camberwell Market. However, once you’re in, you’re in for a treat. The cafe is delightfully bright space, with enough seating to allow for not-too-long waits, and huge communal tables lining the centre. It’s a clean and crisp feel, and, despite its relatively hidden facade, is absolutely teeming with customers. The service is warm and polite on the busiest of days.
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[CLOSED] GIVEAWAY: 5x double passes to ‘THE LUNCHBOX’ in cinemas July 10

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in VICTORIA

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, we have 5x double passes to giveaway to see international film ‘The Lunchbox’, in cinemas July 10! Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the film follows Ila, a neglected housewife, who attempts to spice up her marriage by preparing a special lunch for her husband. When it is accidentally delivered to Saajan, a lonely widower on the brink of retirement, they exchange notes to each other to get to the bottom of the mistaken delivery. Their notes gradually evolve into a series of intimate little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears and small joys. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become swept up in a relationship built on the fantasy of their letters.
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Little Collins St Kitchen

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$$ A little bit fancy, $$$$ Fine dining, Breakfast & Brunch, CBD, Coffee, Dessert, French, International, VICTORIA

Little Collins St Kitchen Location: Level 1 Sheraton Melbourne, 27 Little Collins St, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9290 1051 After arriving up the marbled stairway encompassed by large woody panels, tall chandeliers and glitzy lobby, entering into Little Collins St Kitchen was like walking into a different country. Light cream textured tiles, white wooden armchairs and plush grey couches. It was warm and welcoming, like a French provincial kitchen, making it a welcome change to the oppressively dark, stark interiors normally common to such dining establishments.
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Nespresso Emporium Official Launch Party with Dami Im

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, $$$ A little bit fancy, $$$$ Fine dining, CBD, Coffee, VICTORIA

Nespresso Emporium Location: G-030 Emporium Melbourne Nespresso sure know how to party in style, and the recent official launch at their newest boutique was no exception. The worldwide pioneer in premium portioned coffee opened its doors to its new Boutique in Emporium, inviting shoppers to experience Nespresso within the world-class shopping precinct. Celebrities, media personnel, and VIP guests flocked to the gorgeous boutique for an intimate evening glimpse at what is no doubt guaranteed to be a mecca for coffee afficionados looking to replicate their favourite brews at home.
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Vapiano

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$ Moderately priced, CBD, Italian, VICTORIA

Vapiano Location: 347 Flinders Lane Contact: 03 9620 3335 It was only a year ago that international Italian restaurant chain Vapiano first opened its doors in Melbourne, adding to the 120+ stores sprawled across the globe. The concept, born in Europe in 2002, is a relatively unique one for the Australian dining scene: a sort of cross between an upmarket buffet and plush canteen, yet accompanied by the comfort of a restaurant. Pasta is made on premises – a quick scan around reveals a huge glass room occupied by waiters churning out fresh pasta at lightning speed. The space is kitted out with wooden sharing tables, all adorned with cute little pots with herbs to add for taste. The ordering process is easy: each customer is issued with a chip card upon entry, which is then used to place orders for food and drinks from the various stations peppered around the room: antipasti, pasta, pizza and salads. Once you’ve ordered, you simply collect your cutlery, wait for your plate (if you’ve ordered a pizza, you’ll be issued with a convenient buzzer), collect it from the counter and then take it back to your table.
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TGIF Fridays Premium Stacked Burger Range Launch

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$ Moderately priced, American, Barbecue, Breakfast & Brunch, Burgers, CBD, Modern Australian, Steakhouse

TGIF Fridays Location: Level 3, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre A simple mention of ‘TGI Fridays’ is likely to evoke certain fond memories: friendly service, the renowned Jack Daniel’s Grill, buffalo wings, loaded potato skins and that extensive list of value-for-money cocktails. Now occupying the top floor of Melbourne Central, the latest addition to the TGI Fridays chain also offers the same fun and relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere that TGI Friday’s other outlets have offered, smack bang in the heart of this vibrant city.
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Urban Kitchen Emporium Melbourne Launch

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, Asian, CBD, Chinese, Dimsum, Dumplings, Japanese, VICTORIA, Vietnamese, Yum Cha

Urban Kitchen Emporium Melbourne Launch Restaurants: Pho Nom, Tokyo Pop, 1000 Wat Location: Lower Ground, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St Melbourne, VIC Melbourne’s shopping mecca, Emporium Melbourne, has just gotten better with the arrival of the new Urban Kitchen dining area on the lower ground floor. With a energetic vibe and a brightly lit arena, the large dining space is peppered with Asian highlights, with vietnamese noodle shop, Pho Nom, serving up heartwarming pho, banh mi and rice paper rolls, and popular Melbourne institution, Ramen Ya, dishing out bowls of steaming Japanese fare. And if ramen ain’t your thing, then there’s also Tokyo Pop, with healthy bento boxes and sushi to boot.
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Fever Tree Premium Ginger Beer – Product Review

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips

Fever-Tree, a producer of high quality, 100% organic natural mixers has just launched their Premium Ginger Beer and they’re the perfect refreshment for this winter buzz. Co-founders, Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow have travelled extensively, from the Congo to the Ivory Coast to source the highest quality ingredients. Their ginger is handpicked from Nigeria, Cochin and the Ivory Coast, then brewed together to unlock taste and aroma. To deliver the perfect note, the three gingers are then blended with natural raw cane sugar and other botanicals to ensure that fabulous ginger kick.

We were sent a couple of samples to review, and here’s what we thought!

Fever Tree Ginger Beer:
A punchy, vibrant ginger beer. It may come in a little bottle but this concotion punches like Manny Pacquio’s right lead with big hit of ginger that tingles with the fizz of the bubbles. The hum of ginger is all pervasive, shooting from the tip of the tongue to the back, leaving a trail of spicy heat. A bold drink on it’s own, or as a full flavoured mixer.

Fever Tree Ginger Ale:
The finer, smoother drink of the two, witha clean crisp taste and characteristic dry finish. The ginger skirts around the edges in this drink more subtle and with short finish perfect for short cocktails.
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Meatballs and Sons

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in Asian, European, Fitzroy, International, Pub & Bar Food, Tapas, VICTORIA

Meatballs and Sons Location: 266 Brunswick St Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Contact: 03 9416 3006 Nestled in the crux of Fitzroy’s hip Brunswick Street dining scene, Meatballs and Sons has already garnered a solid following and reputation for serving up delicious meatballs, desserts and drinks to boot. Kano, who also designed the MissChu space, is the brains behind the warm, laid back interior of the double-storey restaurant, with stock-full shelves and paper wrapping adornments clearly drawing inspiration from the homeliness of old general stores. The place oozes warmth and cosiness, with a huge bar spanning the front area, an open kitchen to the back and a quaint fresh herb garden to the side.
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Terrace Bar Launch Party – Sheraton Hotel

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, $$ Moderately priced, CBD, Pub & Bar Food, VICTORIA

Terrace Bar Location: Level 3, Sheraton Hotel, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 The opening of the Sheraton’s new hotel terrace bar was a perfect venue for soaking in the city skyline views at the ‘Paris end’ of Little Collins Street in the CBD. T and I perched under fading light near one of the many heaters on the deck to sample a smattering of what was on offer. Mood lighting whilst atmospheric, made photography trying, as amber flickers from the gas heaters were the only light to pierce the inky sky blackness.
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Grill’d

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, Burgers, CBD, Fast Food, Hawthorn, Prahan, VICTORIA

Grill’d Website: http://www.grilld.com.au/ I must admit Grill’d’s introduction of its pint sized sliders garnered an Incredible Hulk impression initially with a size too small to possibly satiate my ravenous appetite. But much like the neatly formed stacks at restaurants charging by the gram, un-cloche-ing plates with more porcelain on show than actually edible elements, fulfillment was unexpected as their consumption was both flavoursome and filling.
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Bourbon Street

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $ Cheap as chips, American, Barbecue, CBD, Fast Food, Sandwiches and Salads, South Melbourne, VICTORIA

Bourbon Street Order at: http://bourbonstreet.com.au/ Tough day at work? Got them Southern food cravings? Bourbon Street’s lunch delivery service is up and running, and boy do these kids deliver. The menu is short and sweet, with slow-cooked sandwiches and bowls done well, and a few quirky sides (melt-in-your-mouth kale chips and candied walnuts, anyone?). The ordering process itself is no fuss: order online, and your meal will be on wheels in no time. Heck, they even send you a lovely SMS update to tell your when your feed is almost at its destination. Can’t get any more convenient than that.
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Nespresso Emporium Launch and Brunch at Vue de Monde

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$$ A little bit fancy, $$$$ Fine dining, Breakfast & Brunch, CBD, Coffee, EVENTS, International, Invitations, Modern Australian, VICTORIA

Nespresso Emporium Location: G-030 Emporium Melbourne Melburnians will be delighted with news of the arrival of the brand new Melbourne Nespresso Boutique, which has just opened its doors in the exclusive Emporium precinct. The world-class venue is a stunning space, occupying 230 square metres and containing the largest of Nespresso’s coffee rooms in Australia. To celebrate its opening, TFS joined Nespresso and Torstar Sydney for an intimate first look at the new boutique.
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