In the spotlight: Longsong
You wouldn’t know that Longsong was a stable in the 1900s if it weren’t for the pot-holed brick floors. Upstairs from Longrain melbourne, the van Haandels and former Franklin (Hobart) chef David Moyle have joined up and transformed the mammoth space, adding soaring windows and a ceiling of flickering lanterns. It’s somewhere between a bar and a restaurant. A brestaurant?
That could be interpreted as rude, but so could David’s fleshy poached blond sausage with tangy mustard, sauerkraut and a Thai touch from eggplant and shiso. Alongside kangaroo jerky, it makes a mean bar snack with a house spritz. The carpeted dining room also serves snacks, such as barely cooked calamari in inky sauce, beef tartare piled with fried saltbush, and al dente bone marrow potato noodles that slap you with garlic. A handful of larger dishes make it a meal. My only gripes are dessert (choose from grilled mango or grilled mango) and the green leather stools that put cool above comfort. I swear I’m not 75 years old – if I was, I wouldn’t have giggled at David’s sausage.
- Upstairs, 44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
- 9653 1611
BEST FOR \ Snacking until dinner is off the cards.
Brunetti’s Back \ For espresso lovers missing Brunetti’s City Square digs, don’t fret, because the Melbourne institution’s fancy new Flinders Lane cafe is now open. Executive chef Simon Moss has created stand-alone breakfast, lunch and dinner menus – with dishes such as spanner crab lasagnette.
- 250 Flinders Lane, city
Gift From the Gods \ It might be named after an ancient Greek goddess, but Eos Greek Tavern is all about modern Hellenic cuisine. Their new menu includes saganaki, made with aged kefalograviera cheese, and marinated lamb gyros – or go all out with the Poseidon seafood platter.
- 83 Grimshaw Street, Greensborough
Spirit Cellar-Braton \ For the first time, whisky lovers can peruse Whisky & Alement’s cellar to find the perfect drop.Take a peek at owner Julian White’s collection of rare, old and unusual whiskies from Scotland, Japan, Australia and new world locations, accumulated over the past eight years.
- 270 Russell Street, Melbourne
- Open until December 22, Mon – Fri, 10am-4pm