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

Modern Indian cuisine at Atta in Albert Park. Photo: Carmen Zammit

Modern Indian cuisine at Atta in Albert Park. Photo: Carmen Zammit

It’s been another busy week in food-related news, Melburnians. To catch you up, here are some of the events, openings and free food offerings around town that have caught our attention.


Head to espresso experts St Ali on September 13 between 7.30am and 11.30am to get complimentary smashed avo on toast.

The special cafe pop-up held by Virgin Mobile will be offering the brunch favourite to the first 100 customers through the doors to “avo-cate” a fairer go for millennials.

St Ali, 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

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Garden State Hotel’s intimate Two Birds, One Feast dining experience will show that beer and fine food really do flock together.

The dinner consists of five courses of seasonal ingredients and local produce, each paired with the perfect Two Birds craft brew – including Golden Ale, Taco, Pale Ale as well as limited release Two Birds Double Red Ale and Barrel Aged Belgian Blonde.

Garden State Hotel, 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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For one weekend each month, Richmond restaurant The Grand brings together delicious Italian food with a yum cha twist.

Choose from a selection of steamer baskets filled with small dishes of hand-made rabbit tortelli, crudo of kingfish and other Italian delights. Just make sure to leave your belt at home.

The Grand, 333 Burnley St, Richmond

  • September 16 & 17, October 7 & 8, November 4 & 5
  • 12 noon-2 pm and 2.15pm-4.30pm

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Head to Preston’s Food Truck Park on September 8-10 to experience an entire festival dedicated to some of the best fried chicken Melbourne has to offer.

The Big Chicken Festival is now into its third year, and this edition will have deliciousness from the likes of Roadrunner Fried Chicken, Eat the Chicken and The Art of Fried Chicken.

The Big Chicken Festival

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Atta joins Hawthorn’s Piquancy and Brunswick’s Bhang as the latest additions to Melbourne’s Indian dining scene.

With a name that translates to flour (which is used in all three courses), Atta has a focus on high-quality food with a fun and contemporary bent – think braised lamb with mint chutney and cottage cheese dumplings with freeze dried raspberry tuiles. It’s decadent yet approachable dining.


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Hawthorn locals will be counting down the days until acclaimed French baker Gontran Cherrier opens his new boulangerie. You can stop by the new Glenferrie Road digs on September 15.

Fans of the famous baker can meet the man himself on September 16 and take home some of his award-winning bread or a tasty, flakey croissant or pain au chocolat.

Gontran Cherrier

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Impala is the new kid on the Windsor culinary block – a hot new collaboration from Nicolas Coulter and Simon Blacher (Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina) and brothers Dave and Michael Parker (San Telmo, Pastuso).

The bustling cocktail bar above their recently opened venue, Neptune, is home to disco bangers, classic cocktails and an impressive whisky list. The venue even features a whisky locker where guests can safely store their own bottle between visits.


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Throughout September and October, Asian fusion banquet house Lee Ho Fook will be taken over by owner and chef Victor Liong’s hospitality friends.

These one-off events will see each guest chef, all from outside of Melbourne, create a seven-course set menu that showcases their signature cuisine, albeit with a Chinese twist.

Friends of Lee Ho Fook Guest Chef Series

  • Lee Ho Fook, 11-15 Duckboard Place, Melbourne
  • September 18, October 2 & 16
  • Cost: $140 per person

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