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.

Mr Hendricks

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

Mr Hendricks Location: 469 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, VIC 3103 Contact: (03) 9830-7579 Mr Hendricks has always had a soft spot in my books, and remains one of my favourite places to brunch in Melbourne – the fit out is divine (make sure you take a seat outdoors in the lovely decked courtyard out back), crisp and polished, and the brunch menu never fails to surprise. The coconut and tapioca pudding, topped with sticky pineapple, almonds and sultanas, was incredible – warm and comforting, it was rich yet delicate at the same time, and packed with such a smooth mix of flavours. As I was saying – divine! Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset


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Lazerpig Pizza Parlour Location: 9-11 Peel St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: (03) 9417-1177 We rarely find pizza that’s on par with 400 Gradi + DOC, but Lazerpig is firmly up in the same ranks. The dough is light and fluffy; the toppings not too heavy or sparse. The margherita is dangerously delicious and addictive, and (dare we say it), better than Gradi’s version. Watch out kids! Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

Night Noodle Markets 2014

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Melbourne Night Noodle Markets 2014 Location: Birrarung Marr Dates: November 14-30, 2014 Back with all the buzz and vibe from last year, the Night Noodle Markets returned to Melbourne this year with a bang. Lighting up the banks of the Yarra River in a new (and much better) location this year (Birrarung Marr), the festival boasted over 50 food stalls and food trucks representing dishes spanning Korea, Vietnam, China, India, Malaysia, Burma and Nepal. All of our favourite eateries returned (think Chin Chin, Mamak, Izakaya Den, Longrain and Gelato Messina), as well as some exciting newcomers (Kong, Charlie Dumpling and Mr. Miyagi). The festival was by far bigger and better than last year, with minimal wait times (on the days that we visited, there were hardly any lines), ample seating and enough space to lounge around on the grass while relaxing to the sounds of Melbourne’s top DJs.

DSC06955 Gelato Messina – Happy Taste Bud Time

We loved Gelato Messina’s bespoke creations last year, and this year was no exception. Messina’s ‘pot luck pies’ included tubs of goodness with cheeky names like ‘Bangkok Holla’, ‘Phuc King Tasty’ and ‘Happy Taste Bud Time’. Our Happy Taste Bud Time pot luck pies were huge, encompassing a deadly sweet mix of lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan and coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream and a chewy coconut macaron.

Munich Brauhaus

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From the outset it has to be said that as a whole, Germany knows how to do things properly. Being an all or nothing kind of person, it’s always admirable the way in which any endeavour is meticulously perfected, as that’s the approach I would take myself. The evergreen Porsche 911 is a great example of german sentiment and character.Just like the 911 with a boxer flat six engine, there are things that should never change because why try and improve perfection? The rules for the making of the Nuremberg sausage which includes ingredient purity are protected by law much like Germany and Belgium’s famed Beer Purity Laws.


Product Reviews: Tyrrells and Harvest Box

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Harvest Box snackpacks and Tyrrell’s chips Websites: Havest Box; Tyrrells Chips The TFS team received a couple of fantastic little products in the mail recently to review and to be frank with you, these are definitely too good to not share! Tyrrells (aka makers of all things crispy) has a couple of new gourmet crisp flavours out – think tempting mixes like ‘Sunday Best Road Chicken’ and ‘Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar’, as well as your good ol’ sea salt done well. Our favourite? Definitely mature cheddar cheese & chives (I mean, how could you not love this, really), which provides a sharp kick that is all you need for a movie night in with friends.

International Coffee Day at Market Lane Bar, Intercontinental Melbourne

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Market Lane Bar Location: InterContinental Melbourne, The Rialto, 495 Collins Street Melbourne 3000 Contact: 03 8627 1400 We recently had the pleasure of celebrating International Coffee Day with Intercontinental Melbourne at The Rialto. The event took place at Intercontinental’s suave Market Lane Bar, with two expert mixologists providing a wonderful step-by-step demonstration of how to master the art of Stefano Manfredi’s signature coffee Espresso di Manfredi. IMG_6987 I have to say, E and I had a wonderful time at Intercontinental Melbourne. The mixologists at Market Lane Bar made the cocktail-making process incredibly simple to follow, and we were fortunate enough to learn how to make two gorgeous cocktails (one using the traditional method, and the second with the addition of Intercontinental Melbourne’s spectacular honey, which comes onsite from hives located on the top of the building!).

T by Luxbite

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T by Luxbite Location: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: (03) 9629-9662 For tarts that are almost too cute to eat, tuck in to these delightful creations a la T by Luxbite. Our favorite: Gingy (straight off the Christmas menu), which is a drool-inducing layering of cheesecake, burnt sugar, ginger, essence of Christmas mousse, caramel and chocolate. We also couldn’t resist ordering the Rilakkuma-inspired ‘Kuma’ tart, which delivered a strong hit of banana and strawberry. Be warned though: these tarts may look small, yet they’re pretty darn rich. You might (strong emphasis on might) feel the need to share! IMG_20141218_182252 IMG_20141219_074153

Market Lane, Hinoki, Agathe Patisserie, Code Black, Famishd

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Market Lane Coffee Location: 163 Commercial Rd South Yarra, VIC 3141 Contact: 03 9804 7434 The low down: a minimalist institution, Market Lane Coffee is tucked away at the back of the gorgeous Prahan Market. Locals can head down for a quick fix or to the giant’s other shop, located within Victoria Market. Long blacks are divine, lattes spot on. Always delivers. IMAG0045 IMAG0046

Smith St Alimentari, Raw Trader, Addict & Thr1ve

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Here’s to a quick wrap-up of our team’s recent favourites. Smith St Alimentari Location: 302 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9416 1666 Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset Housed in the former residence of Gorski & Jones, Smith St Alimentari is a cross between a local deli and bustling cafe. Whip up your own with the quality ingredients on display, take home one of the impressive pre-made meals (the quiches and lasagnes look sublime), or laze around in the beautiful cafe / restaurant space for breakfast or lunch. The egg white omelette is one of the better brunches we’ve had to date – packed with protein, dukkah, feta and pockets of smoked salmon. It’s a must order.

Hellyers Road Distillery Tasmania – 12 Year Old Single Mat Whisky

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Australia makes world class whisky. Hellyers Road Distillery’s rather exquisite twelve year old whisky is evidence of that. Most 12 y.o.’s display a punchy vibrance, but somehow taste like an 18 y.o. that isn’t quite ready to drink yet. Not so here.

With tropical fruits, pineapple and passionfruit at the tip of the tongue, it reveals a nice straw body, with a nutty honey finish. Despite it’s almost unbelievable maturity in taste it still has a lovely fizz on the tongue, like Diemen pepper berries. How appropriate.

Hellyer’s 12 y.o. gives you the best of both worlds here, 12 y.o. vibrance, without the sharp edges, with an 18 y.o. body and complexity. Well worth trying and most definitely world class.

The Food Society were invited to sample Hellyers Road Distillery’s latest offering.


Shortstop x Jimmy Grants

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Shortstop Donuts Location: 12 Sutherland St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Jimmy Grants Location: 113 St David St Fitzroy VIC 3065 Two things these places share in common: they’re fast, convenient, and bang-on delicious. Shortstop’s crullers are simply to die for (though expect the honey x sea salt variety to be quite, well, salty; it’s not for everyone). And though the cinnamon donut looks much less jam-packed than some of the other varieties, it’s a must!

Providence Launch Party

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

Providence Location: 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9240 7055 A few weeks ago we attended the launch of a rather endearing cafe in Carlton called Providence, which involved an intimate sit-down breakfast with Head Chef Cate Hardman. Cate and the team behind Providence cafe show a deep passion for featuring seasonal ingredients and celebrating produce from Victoria’s farmers markets, with ingredients sourced locally from Carlton’s Farmers’ Markets just around the corner. IMG_7003 Throughout the entire event we had the pleasure of hearing from producers from Gamze Bacon and Smallgoods, Gundowring Ice-cream and Cocktaoo Grove Olive Oil – producers whose products make a prominent feature on the Providence menu. It was inspiring to hear about each producers’ craft and why they love what they do.

Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar

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Shimbashi Soba & Sake Bar Location: 17 Liverpool St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: (03) 9654-6727 Authenticity reigns supreme here – these healthy soba noodles are hand-kneaded and served up alongside an extensive range of imported sake. There are so many options to choose form, but do make sure you try the cold soba varieties, which are dipped in a range of sauces and broths. For a wholesome and varied work lunch, the lunch set is superb value – mine came with a teriyaki salmon don, chilled soba noodles and a small salad for a mere $16.8. Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset

Saint Crispin

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Saint Crispin Location: 300 Smith St, Collingwood, VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9419 2202 If we had to draw up a list of 10 of our favourite places to dine in Melbourne, Saint Crispin would firmly take one of the top spots. Why? Whimsical plating, playful execution and absolutely exquisite flavour combinations. The dishes are never too heavy, the menu is well-priced considering the quality and care that goes into each plate, and we’ve never had a dish that’s been a ‘miss’ here. We’ll let these photos speak for themselves – this is a must try. Opt for three courses; you’d be crazy not to.

DSC06960 Wagyu tartare and bresaola, egg yolk, hay ash and pine nuts

DSC06962 Asparagus, roasted parmesan custard, radish and gazpacho



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Shoya Location: 25 Market Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Contact: 03 9650 0848 Long renowned for its culinary excellence, Shoya is a celebration of sophisticated Japanese cuisine. Opt for the traditional horigotatsu style seating and splurge on the chef’s omakase course (ranging from approximately $120-180 pp) or flip through the extensive a la carte menu. DSC06950 Two dishes we can’t go past: the agenasu dengaku (fried and grilled egg plant with prawns topped with fresh sea urchin miso paste) and the saikyo moromi-yaki (marinated and grilled miso white fish). Flavours are always subtle, and plating is exquisite – Japanese fine dining at its best.

Easy Tiger

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Easy Tiger Location: 96 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 Contact: 03 9417 2373 Dinner at Easy Tiger was an absolute delight; in general, flavours were well balanced with a good mix of sweet and sour, spicy and that wonderful fragrant hit that comes with Thai food. The betel leaf and son in law eggs were predictably delicious (though expect that sticky, sweet sauce from the betel to trickle down your hand), as was the ‘street food’ soft shell crab, which came nestled on a bed of lightly spicy sriracha. As for the mains, the soy roasted duck salad was to die for, with the sweetness of the watermelon slices cutting through the richness of the duck. The only low point was the tom yum style fish curry, with the base far too watered down and lacking in depth and heat. IMAG0018
Betel leaf, tea smoked scallop, fresh coconut, peanuts & fried shallots ($6 ea)

Hammer and Tong

Written by THE FOOD SOCIETY on . Posted in $$ Moderately priced, $$$ A little bit fancy, Breakfast & Brunch, Fitzroy, International, Modern Australian, VICTORIA

Hammer and Tong Location: Enter from Westgarth St, Rear 412 Brunswick St Contact: 03 9041 6033 In light of how lovely (and well-celebrated) Hammer and Tong’s brunch menu is, it’s a real shame that their dinner offering goes largely unnoticed. Plates are all meant for sharing, with a few highlights from the brekkie list featuring at night time (which means that you can still try out their soft shell crab burger while indulging in the other dishes).

Tivoli Road Bakery

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Tivoli Road Bakery Location: 3 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra, VIC 3141 Contact: 03 9041 4345 In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen our Instagram feed virtually consumed by photos of donuts (not that we’re complaining), so it seemed only fitting to add Tivoli ones to the mix. And if the word ‘donut’ isn’t enough to convince you how good these actually are, then these photos probably speak for themselves. We’ve only tried the lemon curd so far (pictured) but we’re keen to make a trip over to South Yarra for the salted caramel and roche varieties, as well as their pastries, which look spectacular.
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