FOMO Thai Location: 171 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9650 7987 Located smack bang in the middle of the buzz of the CBD, FOMO Thai on Bourke Street is a modern Thai heaven, with a clean aesthetic and casual, cheap eats in tow. Wooden communal tables feature throughout, and then there’s that large open kitchen to the back, where you can spot your dishes being quickly whipped up.
Frolic Yoghurt Fitzroy Location: 365 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 Contact: 03 9417 0097 Finally summer seems tantalisingly within our reach, and with that T and I were delighted to accept an invitation to drop by and savour all things froyo at Frolic Frozen Yoghurt, Fitzroy. Step in and you can’t help pausing to admire the feature wall – custom artwork sprawled across bare brick, so fitting and at home at its residence on Brunswick Street. Traverse further in, past the toppings bar (oh, so many choices – don’t worry, we’ll come back to that) and you’re ready to get down to business.
Melbourne Night Noodle Markets Location: Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne When: 18th – 30th of November, 2013 – Mon-Tue: 5-9pm; Wed: 5-10pm; Thu:-Fri 5-11pm; Sat:4-10pm; Sun: 4-9pm As part of The Age’s Good Food Month this year, for the next two weeks Alexandra Gardens has morphed into an extravagant hawker-style night noodle market. With over 25 food stalls and nightly entertainment, a number of Melbourne’s most loved Asian eateries such as Chin Chin, Longrain, Izakaya Den and Mamak have set up shop, including some new and upcoming restaurants. The full list of participating restaurants can be viewed here, and it’s definitely an event that is not to be missed.
Warra Warra Location: Shop 19 & 20 Tivoli Arcade, 235-251 Bourke St Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9662 2077 After failing miserably to obtain a table at Movida (sadly we were a little too hungry to wait until 10:30pm), we made our way back towards the city centre. Warra Warra wasn’t too far off, and walking in felt like we were entering a hidden gem – the Korean restaurant is tucked away in Tivoli Arcade near Swanston Street, and is every bit quirky, modern and fun. The place may be small, but the slick interior design of Warra Warra immediately sets this place apart, with clean lines oozing a contemporary, simple feel.
Chef Lagenda Location: 16 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington, VIC 3031 Contact: 03 9376 2668 The little Malaysian joint is located mere metres away from the laksa giant, Laksa King, although it is just as much as local favourite as its neighbour.
Teppankai Location: 34 Bray St, South Yarra, VIC Contact: 03 9827 8822 A minute’s walk from the buzz of Chapel Street, Teppankai is a sophisticated Japanese establishment that offers the complete teppanyaki experience, with both traditional and contemporary takes on Japanese cuisine. The restaurant is gorgeous, with a mixture of dark and light walls and subdued lighting, and the option for diners to sit around the open teppanyaki hotplate watching the suave chefs in action, or huddle in groups around the smaller tables. The large al-fresco area out the front basks in sunlight, and is the perfect place for after-work drinks (a beer from the bar with a few bites from that tapas menu will do the trick).
Rose Garden BBQ Location: 435 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9329 1560 Upon entering Rose Garden, you’ll immediately notice just how packed it is.Small tables and wooden chairs are squished closely together, the chatter of diners within quickly fills the room with noise, and extracts of the menu are plastered across the bright orange walls.
Top Paddock Location: 658 Church St, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 4332 It’s hard not to fall in love with Top Paddock. Inhabiting a huge space at the edge of the Yarra and Church Street, this gorgeous, light-filled establishment brings a surprisingly relaxed, beachy appeal to one of Melbourne’s inner-city neighbourhoods. And with the same team behind Melbourne institution Two Birds One Stone backing this one, it’s good to know that you’re in exceptionally safe hands.
Bottle of Milk Location: 52 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne, VIC Contact: 03 5289 2005 On our days off we love to travel to Lorne. There’s something so beautiful about it all; the beach, the surfers eyeing the perfect wave, the kids playing in that ship of a playground. In a second it can take you blissfully away from the bustle of Melbourne, and make you feel right at ease. When we visit here, we always drop by Bottle of Milk. It’s a small yet hip eatery located at the end of the strip of shops, and they serve up some of the best burgers that we’ve tried to date.
What: David Jones Good Food Month When: 1st – 29th November 2013 Good Food Month is well on its way, with Melbourne celebrating its most loved restaurants, producers and artisans through various mediums. David Jones’s food hall has also joined in on the festivities, with the retail giant offering visitors the chance to meet with food experts in a wide range of intimate food seminars, cooking classes, tastings and demonstrations. This year we were kindly invited by the David Jones team to take part in their ‘Talk and Taste’ sessions, which include seminars from specialty cheese and wine matching to seafood and champagne tastings.
Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse Location: 19-21 Leveson St, North Melbourne, VIC Contact: 03 9329 2973 A quick stop in the leafy streets of North Melbourne to get that caffeine fix. Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse is popular among locals, with the hip cafe offering consistently good coffee and the most attractive baked goods. Step in and you’ll be equally charmed by the stylish, pared back interior; black boards sprawl across the walls, colourful, oddly-matched cups and saucers are speedily brought to each table, and there’s coffee paraphernalia in every nook and cranny.
Father’s Office Location: 249 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9662 3798 Wander down Little Lonsdale Street and through those heavy doors and you’ll immediately be transported into the classic, suave world that is Father’s Office. Themed off the 1920s prohibition era, the charming space is split into two distinct areas – that mosaic-tiled, industrial-style bar with plush couches in tow, and that stunning dining hall, which we immediately fell in love with at first sight.
Cacao Green Various locations Cacao Green’s gorgeous waffles and frozen yoghurt offering are more than likely to lure you from the street into this quirky chain cafe. Apart from offering St Ali coffee, Cacao Green also boasts a range of healthy fruit smoothies and fruit parfaits, which look divine. Having heard that they had just launched their earl grey flavour, a visit was a must.
Jazz Ria Location: 228 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, VIC 3103 Contact: 03 9888 4843 Jazz Ria is a spicy little sliver of Malaysia tucked away in Balwyn. Upon stepping into the restaurant, you’ll be instantly met by a frenzy of fresh and full-flavoured dishes, with express-like service to match.
The Piano Restaurant and Bar Location: 18 Bridge Rd, Richmond, VIC Contact: 03 9428 9385 The Piano Restaurant and Bar may be a relatively new entrant to the Bridge Road dining scene, however the modern Thai establishment has quickly gained a solid following among locals and that crispy duck is already indisputably a signature dish. The fit out is simple yet charming; dark wooden tables are lit by flickering, colourful candles, there are clean lines throughout and then there is, of course, that rich wooden piano sitting near the front window.
Third Wave Location: 30 Cato St, Prahran, VIC Contact: 03 9510 2991 Capitalising on hearty American fare and high quality coffee, Third Wave is a brand spanking new cafe located in the heart of Prahan. The cafe has a wonderfully bright and open feel, and boasts renowned chef Ryo Kitahara, a protégé of Iron Chef Sakai from the popular Japanese television series. TFS was kindly invited to the cafe to try out their brunch offering, which extensively covers both American and Russian style dishes.
Taste of Melbourne 14-17 November 2013 Running over four days, Taste of Melbourne is perfect for those of you who always seem to have a never ending list of restaurants that you’ve been dying to try but just can’t seem to find the time to. The 2013 festival featured yet another incredible lineup, with a number of culinary giants setting up under the tent – Taxi Dining Room, Mamasita, Chin Chin and Saint Crispin to name a few. The festival works on a crown system, with entrants placing money ($1 = one crown) on an electronic card upon entry, which is then used to purchase any dish or item at the Taste of Melbourne.
Spice Temple Location: Crown Complex, Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC 3006 Contact: 03 8679 1888 Located on the stunning riverfront dining precinct, Spice Temple is all laid back glamour and cheeky lighting. Sleek lines, dark wooden tables and subdued lantern-like fixtures add depth and character to the restaurant, with the long wooden panels partitioning off the large space into enclosed areas.
Hey fellow foodies!Thanks to the team at David Jones + the launch of their Good Food Month this November, we’re giving away a double pass admission for one lucky TFS reader (and their friend) to attend a Talk&Taste seminar, run in the Bourke Street Food Hall at David Jones in Melbourne!
Darac Grill and Bar Location: 51 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9662 2441 Darac Grill and Bar is hidden away from the main fare in A’Beckett Street. And with a rather dark exterior and small sign, it’s quite easy to walk by without noticing it.
Gelato World Tour Location: Argyle Square, Lygon Street from 25th-27th October 2013 We made our way down to gelato heaven this week (aka the Gelato World Tour in Argle Square) to sample some incredible talent. Eight cities in 5 continents were chosen to showcase their local gelato specialists as part of the world tour: Rome, Valencia, Dubai, Shanghai, Austin, San Paulo, Berlin and Melbourne. Up to sixteen gelato artisans are selected for each stage and they compete for the best flavours, combining tradition and innovation, with all of the artisans vying for a place in the grand final in Italy in September 2014.