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

Photo: Kristoffer Paulson

Photo: Kristoffer Paulson

If you’re looking for inspiration for where to go and what to eat in drink in Melbourne, we’ve got you covered.

From rooftop fun to all-you-can-eat dumplings and fabulous French food, you’re spoilt for choice. Check out our bite-sized foodie news below.


Oriental Teahouse is having a one-off dumpling frenzy on September 26 to celebrate World Dumpling Day, offering guests the chance to enjoy non-stop dumplings for $45.

There will be brand-new creations like crab and asparagus; kimchi pork; and black bean Angus beef, which will be served alongside favourites such as flamethrower pulled-pork dumplings and chilli wagyu beef dumplings.

Oriental Teahouse

  • 455 Chapel Street, South Yarra & 378 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
  • September 26
  • Cost: $45

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If you’ve lived in Melbourne for a while, you’re likely to have a yarn or two that involves the Provincial. The iconic Brunswick Street pub is (literally) taking things to the next level, with its new rooftop bar The Prov Rooftop opening on September 15.

An impressive addition to the roster of rooftop venues around Melbourne, it has 10 beers on tap, a wine list with fine drops from home and abroad as well as cool cocktails,on top of a casual menu including delicious burgers ($10 every Friday from 4-7pm).

The Prov Rooftop

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The Food Truck Park is turning French this weekend (September 15-17) to celebrate fabulous French food, music and culture.

During the three days of festivities, the food truck roster will feature Frencheese, La Bastide, Chooh La La, France At Home, Naughty Frenchy, Pop-Up Crepes, and plenty of others to get your in the Parisian spirit.

The Food Truck Park

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Calling all burger lovers, the B.East Burger Challenge Day is giving punters the chance to compete for a prize of $200, a B.East t-shirt and a slab of beer – all for chowing down on delicious burgers in record time.

If meat isn’t your thing, don’t worry, you can give the first Vegan B.East Burger Challenge a go. Register for both eating challenges from 1pm on the day, and be the first to finish to win the prize … and bragging rights.

The B.East

  • 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
  • September 16, 3pm

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If sweet treats are your weakness, then check out the new collaboration between New Shanghai and LuxBite dessert genius Bernard Chu. The two new desserts, the Chocolate Panda and Sweet Mandarin, are only available at the recently launched New Shanghai Chadstone.

There will be a pop-up dessert station next to the restaurant from September 22-24, and restaurant diners can enjoy the desserts from September 22 until the end of October.

New Shanghai

  • Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1005/1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
  • From September 22

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St. Jerome’s – The Hotel is set to be transformed for an evening of Tasmanian fresh produce and wine on September 21.

Tasmanian wine producer Devil’s Corner, which is situated on the east coast of the island, will be the centrepiece of From The Wild. The bespoke dining experience will involve five delicious dishes paired with matching Devil’s Corner wines.

From The Wild

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