PASTA WITH A TWIST
Yak Italian Kitchen will be reborn as Lello Pasta Bar on September 28, promising pasta made fresh daily from sprouted, germinated flour for a lower gluten content and higher nutritional profile.
Specialties will include culurgiones (or ravioli’s chubby cousin) – a Sardinian dumpling filled with potato, mint and pecorino.
Lello Pasta Bar
- 150 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Going to the cinema is set to get a whole lot classier thanks to Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal Canteen.
During a double-feature of Sofia Coppola films (Lost in Translation and The Beguiled), The Canteen team will serve the restaurant’s signature peanut butter parfait, which has been re-imagined as a cinema-friendly choc top.
- 1 Chapel Street, Melbourne
- September 30, 7.30pm
GOOD VIBES & PARTY TIMES
Head along to popular vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters on September 25 to witness its transformation into a cocktail-style dining venue to celebrate boutique McLaren Vale winery Alpha Box & Dice.
Chef Duncan Welgemoed from African-inspired Adelaide restaurant Africola has collaborated with Smith & Daughters head chef Shannon Martinez for a finger food menu that is perfectly suited to the small batch wines.
Smith & Daughters
- 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
- September 25, 6pm-late
- Cost: $50
KIDS’ CUISINE CORNER
If you bring your young ones along to Melba Restaurant on weekdays at The Langham between September 25 and October 6, you’ll find a corner dedicated to kids.
The space will feature bear-shaped sushi and bite-sized cheeseburgers, mini pan-fried chicken schnitzels and spaghetti Bolognese in a bag. For dessert, there are miniature versions of an Eton mess, pots of fairy floss and little cupcakes.
- The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
MOJO GOES EAST
Glen Waverley is fast becoming a foodie force to be reckoned with. Its list of impressive cafes continues with the addition of White Mojo’s new location.
Adding to the group’s roster (the two other spots are in city and Hawthorn), the latest is the empire’s biggest yet: White Mojo Plus+. It also will stay up later than the other two locations – offering brunch, lunch and dinner.
- 83-85 Kingsway, Glen Waverley
TAKE A (FAT) CHANCE
If you’re searching for a new late-night haunt, why not head to Jerome Borazio’s new bar and restaurant? The man behind Laneway Festival and St Jerome’s – The Hotel has turned the former 1000 £ Bend hot spot into a den of fun.
Chow down on schnitzel and mash, fried chicken and waffles and a double bacon cheeseburger. If sharing is more your style, give the fried chicken ribs or mac and cheese balls with a jalapeno chilli jam a try.
Fat Chance Hotel
- 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Meat pies and footy go together like cheese and wine. If you’re looking to celebrate footy finals fever in Melbourne, give The Game Changer at Melbourne’s oldest pub a go.
Weighing in at a massive 4 kilograms, the new addition to The Duke of Wellington’s menu is the biggest meat pie in Melbourne. Senior head chef Nick Hollands’ creation feeds up to six people – but if you can conquer it on your own, the $75 pie is yours for free. Challenge. Accepted.
The Duke of Wellington
- 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Starting this Sunday, Belleville is giving Melbourne all the southern-fried goodness it can handle. Its Southern Fried Sundays are all about deep-fried, maple-drenched brunches and lunches.
Cheat meals include buttermilk-brined fried chicken served with bacon and jack cheddar waffles or japaleño cornbread waffles, drenched in maple syrup. It sounds OTT and D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S.
Belleville’s Southern Fried Sundays
- Belleville, Level 1, Globe Alley, Melbourne
- Every Sunday, from September 24, 11.30am-5.30pm
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