Little Bites: What’s cooking in Melbourne’s food scene this week

Mad Mojo Waffle. Photo: White Mojo Plus+

Mad Mojo Waffle. Photo: White Mojo Plus+

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

Photo: Eugene Hyland

Photo: Eugene Hyland

SUPERNORMAL SCREENING

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.

The Astor

Supernormal Canteen's peanut butter parfait will be transformed into a deluxe choc top. Photo: Nikki To

Supernormal Canteen’s peanut butter parfait will be transformed into a deluxe choc top. Photo: Nikki To

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

Photo: Jonathan van der Knaap

Photo: Jonathan van der Knaap

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.

Melba Restaurant

Photo: Langham Melbourne

Photo: Langham Melbourne

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.

White Mojo

Photo: White Mojo Plus+

Photo: White Mojo Plus+

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

Photo: supplied

Photo: Supplied

PUNTER PIES

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

The Game Changer. Photo: The Duke of Wellington

The Game Changer. Photo: The Duke of Wellington

SOUTHERN SUNDAYS

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

Photo: Simone Buehner

Photo: Simone Buehner

 

 

 

 

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