Sydney restaurant takeaway options

The current lockdown in NSW has seen restaurants pivot to offer takeaway menus and goods again. Here are some from around Sydney: Three Blue Ducks, BronteThree Blue Ducks has launched new ‘Weekend Feast’ boxes for $75, serving two, which are prepped and ready for pick-up from the Bronte cafe to finish at home. Meat, pescatarian andContinue reading “Sydney restaurant takeaway options”

Conversation with the critics (Part 5 – credibility & expectations)

In the fifth episode of this ongoing series, credibility & expectations, experienced restaurant critics Brian Steel, Jeremy Ryland and Dane Richards discuss both credibility and expectation management in the review process. Watch previous episodes: Conversation with The Critics (part 4 – The Reviewer) Conversation with The Critics (part 3 – The New Normal) Conversation withContinue reading “Conversation with the critics (Part 5 – credibility & expectations)”

Whiskey Worth Stealing?

Watch ‘Heist’… Then Taste It!  It’s 2015. Police officers are closing in on a property that “reeks of Bourbon”. Inside are found 200 bottles of the world’s most sought-after whiskey, a further five barrels of the good stuff and multiple firearms, including a pink rifle.  Sounds like something out of a TV show? Well … itContinue reading “Whiskey Worth Stealing?”

Entries open for 2021 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA).  The ADSA is the largest national awards program recognising excellence in Australian distilled spirits, liqueurs, and aromatics. RASV CEO Brad Jenkins is thrilled to have entries open for the 2021 AustralianContinue reading “Entries open for 2021 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards”

Oriental Teahouse ready-to-cook dumplings steam into Coles Local

Available from 30 August 2021.  Dumpling institution Oriental Teahouse will launch a premium range of ready-to-cook dumplings for $25 per pack at Coles Local stores nationally from 30 August. Sharing Melbourne’s favourite parcels of joy from the Oriental Teahouse table to homes across Australia, ten signature flavours will be available in select stores, ready toContinue reading “Oriental Teahouse ready-to-cook dumplings steam into Coles Local”

Celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in style with this pick of the best Japanese Gin

Whilst we can’t travel to the Tokyo Olympics this year, we can celebrate them with a tipple of Japanese gin from the comfort of our own homes. Take a peek at Gin Loot’s pick of the best: KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin 700ml RRP$125.00Roughly translating to ‘The beauty of the seasons’, this is aContinue reading “Celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in style with this pick of the best Japanese Gin”

El Camino Cantina launches week-long National Tequila Day celebration

Tequila flights, specialty Margaritas, limited-edition menu items available. Nowhere screams ‘tequila!’ louder than Tex-Mex wild child El Camino Cantina, where a six-day celebration is about to get underway in honour of National Tequila Day, which falls on Saturday, 24 July. From Tuesday, 20 July to Sunday, 25 July, El Camino Cantina restaurants in Victoria andContinue reading “El Camino Cantina launches week-long National Tequila Day celebration”

Stay safe, stay home and takeout – #SUPPORTSYDNEY

While Greater Sydney and surrounding regions are in lockdown, ordering takeaway is a great way to treat yourself and to support local businesses. Efendy, BalmainEfendy has brought back its soup and pide cart, serving free lentil soup and pide bread to the local community during lockdown. The soup and pide will be available from 4pmContinue reading “Stay safe, stay home and takeout – #SUPPORTSYDNEY”

Crown Melbourne supports Australia’s food industry with dynamic chef series

From July, Crown Melbourne will welcome three of Australia’s most renowned culinary artisans across a monthly chef series at its stylish Evergreen dining space, continuing its commitment to supporting Australia’s food industry by championing its produce, suppliers and talent. Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia from Melbourne’s recently-launched Farmer’s Daughters, Penfolds Magill Estate’s Head Chef Scott HugginsContinue reading “Crown Melbourne supports Australia’s food industry with dynamic chef series”

Whisky Loot launches Limited Edition Antique Collection

Australia’s best loved whisky subscription service Whisky Loot is partnering with iconic distillers, Buffalo Trace, to launch a series of Limited Edition Antique Collections. The Antique Collections have been designed to showcase the best of the best in American Bourbon and Rye. Masterfully crafted and carefully aged these juices display all that Kentucky whiskey hasContinue reading “Whisky Loot launches Limited Edition Antique Collection”

Discover a taste of Europe in Windsor

A hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street, Ines evokes happy memories of indulgent drinking and dining experiences in Europe, with its warm hospitality, heart-warming dishes, extensive wine and cocktail list, and plush interiors.  Opened as a wine bar by Matteo Bruno in 2019, Ines has grown into a fully-fledged European bistroContinue reading “Discover a taste of Europe in Windsor”

Mister Bianco to Host Siciliano Dinner – Winter Edition

Celebrating seasonal produce with Sicilian degustation dinner in the heart of Kew.  Mister Bianco in Kew will host the Winter Edition of the Siciliano Dinner series on Tuesday, 10th August. The stunning seasonal four-course degustation dinner will celebrate owner/chef Joe Vargetto’s cookbook Siciliano, allowing guests to experience the dishes held within the black cover. SicilianoContinue reading “Mister Bianco to Host Siciliano Dinner – Winter Edition”

Pubs with open fireplaces in Melbourne

With mid-winter just around the corner, here’s a round-up of some popular Melbourne pubs with open fireplaces.  O’Connell’s407 Coventry Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205South Melbourne’s O’Connell’s is the perfect laid-back pub with an elegant fit-out. The dining room offers a fireplace, along with some hearty pub classics. On Sundays, guests can indulge in the famousContinue reading “Pubs with open fireplaces in Melbourne”

Mary Miller’s post-COVID makeover

Mary Miller Café has emerged from the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 with a whole new menu, venue and vibe! Far from the original corner shop on Miller Street, the new digs are located at 55 Nicholson Street on the ground floor of a trendy new apartment complex. With urban concrete, timber stylings and furnishings andContinue reading “Mary Miller’s post-COVID makeover”

Cold Rock Ice Creamery unveils new cake range to satisfy the whole family’s palate!

The brand new cake range includes classic fan favourites as well as eight delicious additions. Aussie ice-cream lovers will have even more reason to celebrate as Cold Rock Ice Creamery has unveiled a brand new cake range, including eight delicious new flavours alongside the classic fan favourites. Designed to appeal to all palates, the mouth-wateringContinue reading “Cold Rock Ice Creamery unveils new cake range to satisfy the whole family’s palate!”

Guillaume Brahimi Bastille Day Recipe

With Bastille Day nearly upon us, what better way to celebrate the occasion than by testing your cooking skills on this recipe from acclaimed French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi. Bistro Guillaume’s Twice Baked Cheese Soufflé with Salad of Apples, Walnuts and Watercress Serves: 4Preparation time: 45 minutesCooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients  340ml milk  1 bay leaf Continue reading “Guillaume Brahimi Bastille Day Recipe”

Bel & Brio – authentic Italian and the finest wines

Bel & Brio is delivering its full menu of delicious Italian favourites and drinks across Sydney. The extensive cellar boasts a premium range of Australian, French, Italian wines, spirits and cocktails. Menu highlights include tagliatelle bolognese, crab spaghetti, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and a range of Italian wood-fire pizzas and sides. Customers simply download the BelContinue reading “Bel & Brio – authentic Italian and the finest wines”

Ready, Set, Tease! Dumplings for Dating gets a new look to heat up your winter

Dumplings for Dating is back, but not as you know it. Oriental Teahouse has compiled years of experience developing its much-loved board game feasting experience and is excited to reveal its sauciest version yet. Launching across its CBD and South Yarra venues from Tuesday, 13th July, Dumplings for Dating will bring new questions and daresContinue reading “Ready, Set, Tease! Dumplings for Dating gets a new look to heat up your winter”

Sydney restaurant pivots 2.0

As Greater Sydney and beyond comes to grips with lockdown, many restaurants and establishments have once more pivoted to offer takeaway services. Kepos Street KitchenKepos Street Kitchen is currently only offering takeaway, with made to order breakfast & lunch from 8am–3pm, 7 days a week. Alongside the takeaway menu, the deli fridge will be stockedContinue reading “Sydney restaurant pivots 2.0”

Conversation with the critics (Part 4 – The Reviewer)

In the fourth episode of this ongoing series, The Reviewer, experienced restaurant critics Brian Steel, Jeremy Ryland and Dane Richards discuss the role of both reviewers and influencers, in the context of an industry impacted by COVID-19. Watch previous episodes: Conversation with The Critics (part 3 – The New Normal) Conversation with The Critics (partContinue reading “Conversation with the critics (Part 4 – The Reviewer)”

Koko Black and Black Star Pastry join forces to create a chocolate cake that’s out of this world

Available this World Chocolate Day for one day only.  Two of Australia’s most loved dessert brands, Koko Black and Black Star Pastry, are joining forces to celebrate World Chocolate Day on Wednesday, 7 July when for one day only their two worlds collide in the form of a limited-edition creation, the Meteor Cake. Resting onContinue reading “Koko Black and Black Star Pastry join forces to create a chocolate cake that’s out of this world”

TAOCA – Bringing Brazilian gluten-free crepes to Oz shores

Brazilian cuisine is traditionally known in Australia for its blend of stews and meat-centric dishes that are designed to leave eaters full and satisfied after a lengthy meal. In theory, this is practical to keep you full but can be deemed overwhelming to the Australian palate. This is where TAOCA comes in. TAOCA is theContinue reading “TAOCA – Bringing Brazilian gluten-free crepes to Oz shores”

Level up your gelato this school holidays – even in lockdown!

BREAKING: LOCKDOWN UPDATE All toppings where available, are ready for safe pick-up and delivery for families to create their own lockdown treat – a fun indulgence for the whole family. Simply book through your usual delivery partner or visit your local store for safe pick-up. Whether you dip it, top it or drizzle it, level upContinue reading “Level up your gelato this school holidays – even in lockdown!”

Dine with Dari | Zelda

Aren’t carbs the enemy? Based on the amount of artisan bakeries popping up, particularly in the Caulfield/Ripponlea Jewish hood, and judging by the length of the queue at Zelda, the newest kid to hit the block, the answer seems to be no.  Zelda is run by superwoman and sourdough specialist Maaryasha Weridger. Already famous inContinue reading “Dine with Dari | Zelda”

Cannoleria supporting Indigenous charity for NAIDOC Week with its first ever Australian native ingredient cannoli

Cannoleria will be supporting Indigenous charity, the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), with the release of its Blood Lime Cannoli for NAIDOC Week. The Cannoleria team was keen to create an Australian native ingredient cannoli for NAIDOC Week and wanted to support a charity that really makes a difference to young people at theContinue reading “Cannoleria supporting Indigenous charity for NAIDOC Week with its first ever Australian native ingredient cannoli”

Bodriggy Brewpub presents LUNAVERSE

A three-day immersion of dark and dank independent beer and music | 13–15 August.  Bodriggy Brewpub will dedicate an entire weekend to dissolving the lines between sound, space, craft and taste for LUNAVERSE, 13–15 August, a three-day immersion of dark and dank independent beer and music. LUNAVERSE looks to illuminate dark corners and cast new shadowsContinue reading “Bodriggy Brewpub presents LUNAVERSE”

Black Market Coffee launches new drive-thru tasting

Specialty coffee roasters Black Market Coffee were set to launch their exciting, brand spanking new coffee tasting bar and roaster this week – but plans have obviously changed. Rather than closing their venue and standing down their four full-time staff members, owners Angus and Jess will be bringing their café and tasting bar experience straightContinue reading “Black Market Coffee launches new drive-thru tasting”

Jeremy Ryland In Conversation with Tyron Simon from Bianca

Jeremy Ryland chats with Tyron Simon about the concept behind Bianca, and its place as part of this creative and boutique dining group. BiancaShop AM5 Ada Lane, 46 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 07 3063 7679Open: Lunch – Friday, Saturday & Sunday; Dinner – Daily from 5.30pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram | Email

Introducing Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room

New drinking and entertainment experience at Edgar’s is now open.  Ainslie institution Edgar’s opened its charming new wine bar, Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room, on Saturday, 26 June, marking the latest expansion for the much-loved Canberra local. Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room will provide an intimate, warm-lit space for the Ainslie neighbourhood area, with aContinue reading “Introducing Wakefield’s Bar & Wine Room”

Queen Vic Market update

Update from Queen Victoria Market with news and events taking place at the Market over the coming weeks + months, including:•  Mini Market Series: Garden and Outdoor Market – Saturday, 26 June | Pet Lovers Market – Saturday, 3 July  •  Taste of Portugal Festival – Sunday, 27 June •  Christmas in July School Holiday Fun – Tuesdays and ThursdaysContinue reading “Queen Vic Market update”

Support local Melbourne artists & eat oysters at this Smith Street neighbourhood bar

Oysters + Art Exhibition | Sunday, 27 June.  Smith Street’s newest neighbourhood bar Sixty Smith will play host to ten Melbourne artists this Sunday when its ‘Oysters + Art’ exhibition takes over the venue from 4pm till late. After a slow 12 months for local creatives, Oysters + Art offers them a chance to showcaseContinue reading “Support local Melbourne artists & eat oysters at this Smith Street neighbourhood bar”

That’s Amore Cheese releases new cheese & pasta classes

Gain produce-making skills this winter.  That’s Amore Cheese has launched its cheese- and pasta-making classes for winter and there is something for everyone. Whether you are wanting to learn how cheese is made from start to finish with the Beginners Cheese Making Class – from milk to cheese, or simply want to have some funContinue reading “That’s Amore Cheese releases new cheese & pasta classes”

Level up your gelato this school holidays!

Whether you dip it, top it or drizzle it, level up your gelato this school holidays with a range of fun toppings and let your imagination go wild!   Choc-dipped cones, gummy bears, Mini M&Ms, sprinkles, sour straps and more! Let the kids’ imaginations go wild this school holidays with a truly custom gelato treatContinue reading “Level up your gelato this school holidays!”

Australian Venue Co to launch dedicated zero proof drinks list

Zero alcohol alternatives available in select venues nationwide from 1st July.Food and beverage-led hospitality group, Australian Venue Co is launching a Zero Proof Drinks List on 1st July. Just in time for Dry July. Available in 57 venues nationwide, the alcohol-free and low alcohol selection will offer exciting choices to those who are choosing notContinue reading “Australian Venue Co to launch dedicated zero proof drinks list”

Fine Dining Review: Bistrot 916 | 15/20

A popular tale is that the word “bistro” or “bistrot” originated from the Russian word for “quickly”, which was allegedly shouted by Russian officers or Cossacks who occupied Paris, following the Napoleonic Wars, and wanted to be served quickly. “Bistrot, bistrot,” they would shout! Bistrot 916 – in Potts Point, Sydney – states that itContinue reading “Fine Dining Review: Bistrot 916 | 15/20”

Nanyang Malaya Café joins Smidmore Street dining at the new Marrickville Metro

The new Marrickville Metro has enjoyed a few weeks of trading and just when we thought Smidmore Street dining could not get any better, Nanyang Malaya Café bursts open their doors. Taking prime corner positioning, Nanyang Malaya Café brings the sights and smells of the streets of Singapore, to the heart of Marrickville. Nanyang MalayaContinue reading “Nanyang Malaya Café joins Smidmore Street dining at the new Marrickville Metro”

Buchnik Street Deli Feast with Morgy McGlone at Sunday Potts Point on 4th July

Fun upcoming event with Belle’s Hot Chicken founder, Morgy McGlone at his new venue Sunday. On Sunday, 4th July, Morgy will host his second Sunday Session with Tal Buchnik of Jimmy’s Falafel to serve up a Buchnik Street Deli feast.  A set menu with matching wines, the menu will include:   •  Crab and Harissa Cigar  • Continue reading “Buchnik Street Deli Feast with Morgy McGlone at Sunday Potts Point on 4th July”

Tis’ the season for truffle and Bentley Restaurant + Bar has all the dishes you need

Bentley Restaurant + Bar will kick off truffle season on Tuesday, 6 July, inviting guests in for an evening of pure indulgence with an exclusive tasting menu featuring WA’s finest, Coomer Truffles from Manjimup. Wine pairing by Nick Hildebrandt will be available upon request.  The rare winter truffles – or ‘black diamonds’ – will beContinue reading “Tis’ the season for truffle and Bentley Restaurant + Bar has all the dishes you need”

Chris Lucas announces the opening of Grill Americano at the iconic 101 Collins Street, Melbourne

Grill Americano will open October 2021.  Melbourne restaurateur Chris Lucas announces the opening of Grill Americano, his third restaurant scheduled to open this year. Grill Americano, a 145-seat restaurant and bar, will be located at 101 Collins Street. This iconic Melbourne address has been at the centre of Melbourne’s cultural and social landscape for almostContinue reading “Chris Lucas announces the opening of Grill Americano at the iconic 101 Collins Street, Melbourne”

Speed-dating event announced at Newmarket Hotel, St Kilda

Those over virtual dating should not miss out – Saturday, 26th June.  Let’s face it, we are all over virtual interactions and so The Newmarket in St Kilda is taking it back to basics by hosting a real-life speed-dating event – The Hunni Hustle – on Saturday, 26th June. The free event aims to bring togetherContinue reading “Speed-dating event announced at Newmarket Hotel, St Kilda”

Foodservice Australia expo moves to August

Organisers of the Foodservice Australia trade exhibition have announced that the event will be moving to new dates in August to ensure it can run at full strength. The show will now run from 24–26 August 2021 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Event Director Tim Collett says: “We made this decision in theContinue reading “Foodservice Australia expo moves to August”

Landmark Brunswick pub Sarah Sands Hotel returns

Doors opened Saturday, 12 June.   Landmark Brunswick pub Sarah Sands Hotel re-opened to the public on Saturday, 12 June, following an extensive renovation project valued at circa $3million. The pub has been closed since 2017, and returns to the neighbourhood under new operators, Melbourne-based food & beverage hospitality group Australian Venue Co. Established inContinue reading “Landmark Brunswick pub Sarah Sands Hotel returns”

The Winter Village is popping up in Parramatta

Alpine-inspired winter wonderland now opened in Prince Alfred Square. Mega pop-up The Winter Village will make its debut in Parramatta for its inaugural launch this June, making its way to NSW due to popular demand as Sydneysiders finally get a taste of the alpine-inspired winter wonderland. Open daily, it will run for three months, fromContinue reading “The Winter Village is popping up in Parramatta”

That’s Amore Cheese hosting Cheese + Gin Tasting Night

Taste paired cheese and gin on Friday, 2nd July.  That’s Amore Cheese has partnered with local gin maker Imbue Distillery to create an event that will make cheese and gin lovers rejoice – Cheese + Gin Tasting Night – on Friday, 2nd July. Held at That’s Amore Cheesery in Thomastown, the Cheese + Gin Tasting Night will take guestsContinue reading “That’s Amore Cheese hosting Cheese + Gin Tasting Night”

Cannoleria launches pop-up at Westfield Geelong

Cannoleria will be launching a long-term weekend pop-up at Westfield Geelong on Friday, 2nd July.  After a few occasional pop-ups in the shopping centre, the Cannoleria team quickly realised the huge demand for their crunchy and delicious cannoli and so have committed to every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of the year. DarioContinue reading “Cannoleria launches pop-up at Westfield Geelong”

Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi supports Melbourne dining this winter

Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi, supported by the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government, will safely continue this Winter, celebrating the very best of the capital’s dining for the eighth sensational year. Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, there have been some changes to this year’s programme, which will no longer see Featured EventsContinue reading “Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi supports Melbourne dining this winter”

The Hawthorn Hotel re-opens today

Iconic venue opens its doors once again on Tuesday, 22nd June. The Hawthorn Hotel is back and better than ever, opening its doors once again on Tuesday, 22nd June.After closing in 2020 due to the impacts of the coronavirus, the iconic 153-year-old pub is returning with a fresh new look but the same local spiritContinue reading “The Hawthorn Hotel re-opens today”

Melbourne’s NON releases NON7 – Stewed Cherry & Coffee

Sour cherries, cold brew coffee, garam masala, allspice, nutmeg, cascara, pink peppercorn, Murray River salt, verjus, filtered water   NON, the zero per cent wine alternative’s latest release, NON7 – Stewed Cherry & Coffee,arrives mid-July at boutique bottle shops and online at http://www.non.world. Evocative of a rich dry Lambrusco, the new release is a reinterpretation of redContinue reading “Melbourne’s NON releases NON7 – Stewed Cherry & Coffee”

d’Arenberg purchases Settlers Spirits

Historic McLaren Vale wine producer d’Arenberg has purchased award-winning craft distillery, Settlers Spirits and associated premium mixer brand Oceans Spirit.  Founded by Rowland and Shelley Short in 2018, Settlers Spirits has quickly become one of the industry’s premier boutique gin distillers. With thirteen different flavoured gins along with a range of Whisky, Rum, Vodka, flavouredContinue reading “d’Arenberg purchases Settlers Spirits”

The results are in: Australian pets are dining out more than ever

Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, and with animal adoption rates rising heavily in 2020, over 60% of Australian households now have a furry friend. No longer destined for a life in the backyard, pets have made their way into our lives, accompanying their owners to work andContinue reading “The results are in: Australian pets are dining out more than ever”

The Smith launches a Wisteria Garden + new events for winter

The seasons are changing and so are the blooms at The Smith Prahran. After a summer of cherry blossoms, the Atrium at the Smith has transformed into a stunning & equally ‘grammable Wisteria Garden for the winter months.  Complete with lush purple florals that hang from the ceiling, The Smith is the destination to escapeContinue reading “The Smith launches a Wisteria Garden + new events for winter”

Take One Fish Butchery Masterclass by Josh Niland w/ Alice Zaslavsky

Presented by Fane, Andrew Kay & BBC Studios Australia   Take One Fish Butchery Masterclass by Josh Niland w/ Alice ZaslavskyHamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne on Monday, 2 August, 7pm  Sydney City Recital Hall on Sunday, 8 August, 7pm  Pre-sale now on Take One Fish Butchery Masterclass by Josh Niland is a deep dive evening of conversation,Continue reading “Take One Fish Butchery Masterclass by Josh Niland w/ Alice Zaslavsky”

Regal Rogue launches an all local cocktail – The Australiano – on the tenth anniversary of Australia’s vermouth renaissance

Since its inception in June 2011, Regal Rogue has turned vermouth in Australia and around the world on its head, breaking the perception of how vermouth is enjoyed in both bars and at home. Now, as the brand salutes ten years of Australian vermouth, Regal Rogue announces a new cocktail – The Australiano – to celebrate Australia’sContinue reading “Regal Rogue launches an all local cocktail – The Australiano – on the tenth anniversary of Australia’s vermouth renaissance”

Motto Motto Japanese celebrates new Marrickville restaurant opening with $1 Japanese curry

Get excited Marrickvillians, Motto Motto Japanese has arrived in the Inner West. To celebrate, they’re hosting a $1 Japanese curry feastfilled with delicious crispy karaage chicken, silky soft tofu and rich wagyu beef curry. Yes – you heard that right. To celebrate the opening of your new Japanese local, Motto Motto will treat 2,000 guests toContinue reading “Motto Motto Japanese celebrates new Marrickville restaurant opening with $1 Japanese curry”

Luke Burgess and Adam James take over the kitchen at Oma Food & Wine

Luke Burgess (ex-Garagistes) and Adam James (Rough Rice) are getting ready to take over the kitchen at Oma Food & Wine next Sunday, 27 June as part of the ongoing ‘Oma & Co’ series.  They will work with the Oma team on the creation of a special set menu inspired by a recent trip throughContinue reading “Luke Burgess and Adam James take over the kitchen at Oma Food & Wine”

Entries open to determine the world’s best roasters at the 2021 Australian International Coffee Awards

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Australian International Coffee Awards (AICA).  First held in 2013, the AICA are recognised as Australia’s premier international coffee roasting and cold brew competition, seeing support from across the globe. Now in its ninth year, the AICAContinue reading “Entries open to determine the world’s best roasters at the 2021 Australian International Coffee Awards”

Dine with Dari (in Lockdown) : Supernormal × Providoor

Just like that, we’re back. There’s no denying 2020 was a painful year for Melburnians. One that most of us have tried to put behind, move up and on, and frankly forget. Dismal memories of celebrating momentous occasions on a screen, smiling at loved ones virtually, and notoriously (although impressively) sharing a restaurant dinner withContinue reading “Dine with Dari (in Lockdown) : Supernormal × Providoor”

Brace yourself! The Bavarian’s new Winter Platters are comin’ at ya

The Bavarian is tapping into its culinary heritage and reputation for generous portions and pocket-friendly pricing with the launch of five big impact Winter Platters, built for big appetites, that are each designed for two diners to share. The Bavarian’s equivalent to winter thermals, these five protein-packed platters are a feast of uttermost proportions forContinue reading “Brace yourself! The Bavarian’s new Winter Platters are comin’ at ya”

Conversation with the critics (Part 3 – The New Normal)

In the third episode of this ongoing series, The New Normal, experienced restaurant critics Brian Steel, Jeremy Ryland and Dane Richards discuss reviewing in the context of an industry impacted by COVID-19. Watch previous episodes: Conversation with The Critics (part 2 – The COVID Pivot) Conversation with The Critics (part 1 – Introduction) If youContinue reading “Conversation with the critics (Part 3 – The New Normal)”

Winter in the Vineyards coming to Regatta Hotel

Seasonal pop-up launching Wednesday, 16 June with Harvest Festival event on Sunday, 27 June.  There will be no need to leave the city to enjoy vineyards this winter. The iconic Regatta Hotel will transform its open-air courtyard into a winery setting this season with a Winter in the Vineyards activation for Brisbanites to enjoy. WinterContinue reading “Winter in the Vineyards coming to Regatta Hotel”

Vegan Gelato is now a permanent fixture at Piccolina

Featuring the cult favourite Smith & Deli Cardamon & Cinnamon Doughnut by Shannon Martinez.  Piccolina is using rice milk to churn up four insanely delicious and creamy vegan gelato flavours that will become a permanent fixture on the menu, launching across all stores on Wednesday, 16 June 2021. The cult favourite Cardamon & Cinnamon DoughnutContinue reading “Vegan Gelato is now a permanent fixture at Piccolina”

A World of Chocolate is Coming to World Square

Celebrate your love for chocolate with Max Brenner, as they open their doors at World Square.   Australia’s favourite chocolate & dessert destination, Max Brenner, will officially open its doors at World Square, Sydney, on Monday, 21 June 2021 with a Grand Opening event on Thursday, 24 June 2021. To celebrate the launch of theContinue reading “A World of Chocolate is Coming to World Square”

Gin Loot: The Ultimate Dry Martini Recipe

To celebrate Martini Day on 19th June, Ginloot.com’s Resident GINius and award-winning mixologist, Tim Laferla, shares his recipe to make the perfect Martini at home.  ‘The Martini is the most iconic cocktail on the face of the planet. It is deceptively simple in construction but difficult to master. Making a Martini is a lot likeContinue reading “Gin Loot: The Ultimate Dry Martini Recipe”

Queen’s Birthday long weekend opening hours

Friday, 11 June to Monday, 14 June  Amaru1121 High St, Armadale VIC 3143Friday 11 June: 12pm–3pm, 5:45pm–lateSaturday 12 June: 12pm–3pm, 5:45pm–lateSunday 13 June: closedMonday 14 June: closed Bistro GuillaumeCrown Complex, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC 3006Friday 11 June: 12pm–11pmSaturday 12 June: 12pm–11pm Sunday 13 June: 12pm–4pmMonday 14 June: closed Chancery Lane430 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000Friday 11 June: dinner only, full à la carteContinue reading “Queen’s Birthday long weekend opening hours”

Three Melbourne businesses to dine, visit, shop and explore post-lockdown this long weekend

DINE: Sixty Smith Newly opened Collingwood bar and restaurant, Sixty Smith, will be re-opening this Friday from 4pm, allowing customers to indulge this long weekend in their delicious menu by Head Chef Three Phadungkarn (former chef at MoVida and Syracuse),and their range of hand-crafted cocktails. This includes their popular dish of cured ocean trout, which isContinue reading “Three Melbourne businesses to dine, visit, shop and explore post-lockdown this long weekend”

The Brisbane Winter Village!

Alpine-inspired winter wonderland opened on Thursday, 3rd June. For the first time ever, The Winter Village is coming to Brisbane and it opens this week. The alpine-inspired winter wonderland will be open daily and will run for three months, from 3rd June–29th August. The Winter Village will transform the Riverfront Event Space at Northshore BrisbaneContinue reading “The Brisbane Winter Village!”

SMOKE & MIRRORS: An evening of food, wine & magic

Esquire Bar + Bistro in collaboration with Sydney Solstice. Envision this: a dark and moody bistro hosting a delectable 4-course dinner. Maybe it is the pressed roast duck with fennel cream and carrot crumble that has your mouth watering, or perhaps it’s the slowly braised wagyu beef cheek that does the trick? What is aContinue reading “SMOKE & MIRRORS: An evening of food, wine & magic”

What’s on | Long Weekend – Harbord Hotel & Manly Wine

With the Queen’s Birthday long weekend coming up, here’s what’s on at two Northern Beaches venues this weekend. Manly WineManly Margarita Meltdown BrunchSunday, 13 June | 12pm + 2:30pm | $79ppThere’s no better time for a Sunday sesh than in the middle of a long weekend. Celebrate with friends over a brunch by sea, withContinue reading “What’s on | Long Weekend – Harbord Hotel & Manly Wine”

Castle Estate’s Lockdown Meat Delivery Pack

Castle Estate is giving back to Victorian families with their Lockdown Meat Delivery Pack offering $200 of great value for $99 including delivery, straight to your door!  “With the lockdowns hitting families hard, we wanted to do something that was within our capability to offer our support to our fellow Victorians during this challenging time.Continue reading “Castle Estate’s Lockdown Meat Delivery Pack”

Coming Soon: Birdwood Lane Cellar – a small boutique wine shop by the team at Little Red Robin

Birdwood Lane Cellar, the newest project by the team at Little Red Robin Lane Cove, is a business born out of the love and passion for interesting and unique wines from around the world. One will not find any mainstream wine or liquor products at the retail wine shop. But don’t fear, the wine listContinue reading “Coming Soon: Birdwood Lane Cellar – a small boutique wine shop by the team at Little Red Robin”

Fine Casual Dining Review: Emily Taylor | 13/15

Have you heard of Emily Taylor yet? Emily Taylor is one of the few new hangouts in Fremantle – a bar/restaurant named after a ship wrecked in 1830. The vessel was sailing during the early 1800s via the spice route of Asia along the West Australian coastline, hence the style of cuisine. Owned by W1 Hospitality –Continue reading “Fine Casual Dining Review: Emily Taylor | 13/15”

South Eveleigh unveils its program for Sydney Solstice 2021

Australia’s top artists celebrate the longest night at South Eveleigh with a festival of food, arts, and culture as part of Sydney Solstice. Celebrating the longest night of the year, the heritage Locomotive Street in South Eveleigh will be transformed on Friday, 18 and Saturday, 19 June into a festival of free and ticketed eventsContinue reading “South Eveleigh unveils its program for Sydney Solstice 2021”

In conversation with Will de Beaurepaire

De Beaurepaire Wines is a family-owned single-estate producer of cool climate, French- style wines, located in Rylstone NSW. Jeremy Ryland chats to Will de Beaurepaire about their history, unique terroir, and the various challenges they face as a boutique winemaker. De Beaurepaire Wines 82 Cudgegong Rd, Rylstone NSW 2849 02 6379 1473 Open: Wednesday toContinue reading “In conversation with Will de Beaurepaire”

Whisky Loot: Why is Bourbon the ultimate winter warmer?

Bourbon is one of the best-known American whiskies and derives its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, where it originated. Whiskey production in the US first emerged when farmers found that corn and rye grew in abundance, and applied the same principles they had used with malted barley to their excess crop. The resulting Bourbon isContinue reading “Whisky Loot: Why is Bourbon the ultimate winter warmer?”

Mornington Peninsula’s Winter Wine Weekend rescheduled to Saturday, 24th July

Due to Victoria’s latest circuit breaker lockdown, the uncertainty that it brings for the coming weeks and the planning required to bring the event to life, Mornington Peninsula’s Winter Wine Weekend has been rescheduled to Saturday, 24th July. In true mid-winter, wine lovers across Victoria will pull on their warmest jumpers and winter wellies forContinue reading “Mornington Peninsula’s Winter Wine Weekend rescheduled to Saturday, 24th July”

Queen Vic Market reschedules Donut Festival

In light of the COVID-19 situation in Victoria, Queen Victoria Market has announced that the highly anticipated Donut Festival will now be held on Sunday, 4 July. In the meantime, Queen Vic Market Online delivers to more than 150 Melbourne suburbs with same-day delivery for orders placed before 10am on a Market day. Start shoppingContinue reading “Queen Vic Market reschedules Donut Festival”

Gerard’s Bar Shawarma Party Sundays

Every Sunday from 2pm until late, Gerard’s Bar will be serving a weekly rotating shawarma and a side of sumac-spiced chips with tahini mayo for $20.  Some of the shawarmas to expect are: brisket, muhammara, pickled chilli; falafel pita pocket, cabbage, garlic yoghurt; Hawaii chicken, toum, red onion; harissa pork neck, cabbage, labne; and mechouiContinue reading “Gerard’s Bar Shawarma Party Sundays”

Bondi BYO Cup Week July 3–11

Bondi café owners say f*ck the cup. “It’s only one takeaway cup … said 1 billion people.”  Australians toss 2.7 million coffee cups into landfill every day. And takeaway cups are now the number one contributor of waste after plastic bottles. And Australians are now officially the number one user of single-use plastics.* Bondi cafés areContinue reading “Bondi BYO Cup Week July 3–11”

Finalists ready to battle for the Bocuse d’Or Australia 2021

Four chefs have been selected to compete in Melbourne on Sunday 27 June for the title of Bocuse d’Or Australia 2021 and the opportunity to represent their country in the world’s most prestigious culinary contest. Tom Milligan, President Bocuse d’Or Australia and himself a previous competitor, says he is thrilled to see the talented lineupContinue reading “Finalists ready to battle for the Bocuse d’Or Australia 2021”

Fratelli Fresh launches Winter Festival with all-you-can-eat deals, truffle dinners and cheese wheel indulgence

Fratelli Fresh has got those winter feels with the return of its legendary all-you-can-eat deals, cheese wheel indulgence, truffle dinners and new seasonal dishes, all available from June until the end of August. From Tuesday, 1st June, pizza fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat pizza every Tuesday for $29 across the full pizza menu, including classic Margherita,Continue reading “Fratelli Fresh launches Winter Festival with all-you-can-eat deals, truffle dinners and cheese wheel indulgence”

First birthday celebration at Eastern Creek Quarter

Month-long family festival of fun.   •  Eastern Creek Quarter is having a first birthday party and everyone is invited •  Festival of family fun from 28 May to 27 June •  Live entertainment, face painting, magic shows, balloon artists and more •  $10 gift card for shoppers from 7 to 21 June Eastern Creek Quarter (ECQ) willContinue reading “First birthday celebration at Eastern Creek Quarter”

Whisky Loot × Starward Limited Edition Pack

Australia’s best-loved whisky subscription service, Whisky Loot, has partnered with iconic Aussie distillers, Starward, creating their very own barrel select. Melbourne based, Starward makes whisky for a curious, food-obsessed generation; using red wine barrels to mature their whisky and sourcing all ingredients from just a day’s drive away from the distillery. Starward uses elemental maturationContinue reading “Whisky Loot × Starward Limited Edition Pack”

Yalumba’s fifth release of The Caley

Australia’s oldest family-owned winery Yalumba celebrates the global launch of the 2016 vintage of its icon wine, Yalumba The Caley Cabernet & Shiraz, on 1 June 2021. The Caley 2016 is the result of Yalumba’s unwavering commitment to Australia’s own unique red wine style – the Cabernet and Shiraz blend. It is the family winemaker’s fifthContinue reading “Yalumba’s fifth release of The Caley”

At-home dining experiences to get Melburnians through lockdown 4.0

In light of Melbourne returning to a circuit breaker lockdown, here are at-home offerings available across Crown Melbourne’s famed Japanese restaurant Nobu, premium beverage store Cellar & Co and St Kilda’s local watering hole The Prince Hotel’s boutique wine shop Little Prince Wine. Nobu @ Home Making a return, Nobu @ Home is once again available for take-awayContinue reading “At-home dining experiences to get Melburnians through lockdown 4.0”

Now Open: Matteo’s Delicatessen

A new neighbourhood deli, sandwich shop and cannoleria arrives in Altona. At the heart Altona’s Pier Street is the newly opened Matteo’s Delicatessen (Matteo’s) a European-inspired neighbourhood deli, sandwich shop and cannoleria established by west-side locals Jayden Costello and Matthew Defina. With a vibrant green shopfront and a handful of streetside seating, Matteo’s opens upContinue reading “Now Open: Matteo’s Delicatessen”

Merivale grows Victorian portfolio with the Lorne Hotel

Merivale has acquired the Lorne Hotel, a historic pub that has stood proudly on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road for more than a century. The hospitality group will receive keys to the venue later this year and will trade as normal over the summer. Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “The Lorne Hotel is an iconic venueContinue reading “Merivale grows Victorian portfolio with the Lorne Hotel”

The Galeries launches new Artist In Residence Program with City of Sydney

First instalment features ‘Shake the Dust Off Your Wings’ by Leila Jeffreys and Melvin J. Montalban The Galeries has unveiled the first piece in their new Artist in Residence public art series, an initiative proudly supported by the City of Sydney that both enhances creativity in the public domain and strengthens the sustainability and capacityContinue reading “The Galeries launches new Artist In Residence Program with City of Sydney”

Entries close soon for Chef of the Year

Chef of the Year is the most prestigious chef competition in Australia, and entries are closing soon. If you are a professional chef thinking about getting involved then make sure you jump online and fill out the nomination form by 1 June. The competition is running from 27–29 June as part of the Foodservice AustraliaContinue reading “Entries close soon for Chef of the Year”

Transforming Society Through Gastronomy

Top international chefs and leading gastronomic figures share their vision of gastronomy in the post-coronavirus world.  Leading international chefs, including former winners and finalists of the Basque Culinary World Prize (BCWP), came together in an exciting virtual event to discuss the future of gastronomy in a post-coronavirus world and how the prize has aided inContinue reading “Transforming Society Through Gastronomy”

Fratelli Fresh brings signature Italian dining to The Rocks

Fratelli Fresh is opening a new Sydney restaurant, taking over the former Rosetta site at Grosvenor Place on Harrington Street in The Rocks. The new 250-seat, split-level, upscale Fratelli Fresh features a spacious, light-filled dining room, open kitchen, separate bar area, large mezzanine, and a vibrant alfresco terrace with cityscape views. The restaurant is expectedContinue reading “Fratelli Fresh brings signature Italian dining to The Rocks”

In conversation with Lisa Margan

For those not yet familiar with the Hunter Culinary Association (HCA), can you tell us more about its purpose and ambitions?Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) was founded in 2006 as a not for profit organisation. It aims to continue to highlight the Hunter region as a culinary destination by promoting those within this regional hospitality industryContinue reading “In conversation with Lisa Margan”

CWR CellarDoor@Coogee

Just a stone’s throw from the beach, Coogee Wine Room marries the charm of great European wine bars with the convivial atmosphere only found at a neighbourhood bar by the beach. Head chef Sandro Di Marino has crafted a succinct Mediterranean menu built around classic coastal European flavours and top local produce. The seasonal menu isContinue reading “CWR CellarDoor@Coogee”

Brisbane Good Food Month presented by Citi returns this July

Tickets now on sale. Good Food Month presented by Citi returns to Brisbane this July, bringing together some of Australia’s biggest names for a celebration of the senses. Shining a light on home-grown talent, exceptional produce and the power of culinary collaborations for the eighth year running, Good Food Month goes on sale 9am, Thursday,Continue reading “Brisbane Good Food Month presented by Citi returns this July”

Dollar Bill Brewing awarded Champion Beer Trophy at 2021 Australian International Beer Awards

35 trophies have been awarded to breweries across the globe at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). On an evening that celebrated the best beer in the world, Dollar Bill Brewing were awarded the prestigious title of Champion Australian Beer for their Gold Teeth 2021Continue reading “Dollar Bill Brewing awarded Champion Beer Trophy at 2021 Australian International Beer Awards”

Melbourne’s Seven Days of Takeaway

A round-up of takeaway and delivery options during the seven-day lockdown. Ishizukabasement level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 Melbourne’s award-winning kaiseki restaurant Ishizuka is now offering its Premium Bento, Sukiyaki, Sashimi, and Kasutera (Japanese sponge cake) takeaway, available for both pick-up and delivery from Thursday to Monday between 3pm and 5pm. For an indulgentContinue reading “Melbourne’s Seven Days of Takeaway”

Matt Moran’s Chophouse Meat Masterclass is back with ‘Dry Ageing’

After a sell-out launch in March, Matt Moran’s Meat Masterclass will return to Chophouse in June with its second instalment – Dry Ageing. On 9 June, Matt Moran will share his tips and tricks for dry ageing various cuts of meat, drawing inspiration from his experience as a chef and fourth-generation farmer. Guests will get the chanceContinue reading “Matt Moran’s Chophouse Meat Masterclass is back with ‘Dry Ageing’”

2021 Winners ~ NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS

On Monday, 24th May, the top winners in the 2021 NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS (run by NSW Wine with strategic partners Destination NSW, WINEDEPOT and the Restaurant & Catering Association) were announced at Government House Sydney at a ceremony hosted by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley ACContinue reading “2021 Winners ~ NSW SOMMELIER’S WINE LIST AWARDS”

Mornington Peninsula to host a weekend of world-class wines, delicious food and local makers

The annual Winter Wine Weekend returns to the coast from 12th–14th June. Wine lovers across Victoria will pull on their warmest jumpers and winter wellies as the Mornington Peninsula’s Winter Wine Weekend returns to the coast, boasting a wide-ranging program sure to please everyone from novice to connoisseur. Held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekendContinue reading “Mornington Peninsula to host a weekend of world-class wines, delicious food and local makers”

New delicious & diverse eats landing in Sydney’s Inner West

Nonna’s veal and pork meatballs served by grumpy Italians, wasabi salt Japanese fries, smoky charred chicken, spicy XO eggplant burgers and hot stone-served wagyu. These are just some of the eclectic and delicious offers landing at Sydney’s newest dining precinct on Smidmore St, part of Marrickville Metro’s $140 million re-development. The Inner West has cementedContinue reading “New delicious & diverse eats landing in Sydney’s Inner West”

Free food passports at Ed.Square Town Centre

Fantastic food offers and family fun in May. ~ Family fun this month at Ed.Square Town Centre ~ Get your Foodie Passport and tour the international Eat Street ~ Amazing dining offers and the chance to win a year’s free movies at Event Cinemas ~Huge mix of great new retailers now open A fantastic mix ofContinue reading “Free food passports at Ed.Square Town Centre”

Spirits Soar! me&u reveals 400% increase in on-premise spirit sales post-COVID re-opening

me&u, Australia’s leading mobile ordering and payment platform, has revealed that spirits have experienced exponential growth over the past year, with sales at pubs and bars increasing by an astronomical 400% year on year from March 2020 to March 2021. According to the analysis, the most ordered spirits listed in popularity are vodka, gin, rumContinue reading “Spirits Soar! me&u reveals 400% increase in on-premise spirit sales post-COVID re-opening”

Mezcal & Chicken Fiesta at Sunday, Potts Point – Wednesday, 2nd June

Taking place at Morgan McGlone’s new venue, Sunday in Potts Point on Wednesday 2nd June, Morgy will be joining forces with agave aficionado Reece Griffiths from Vinata Collective and hosting a five-course meal, pairing artisanal mezcal with each course. There will be a mezcal cocktail on arrival and the menu includes:  Ceviche TostadaChicken Pozole SoupChickenContinue reading “Mezcal & Chicken Fiesta at Sunday, Potts Point – Wednesday, 2nd June”

North Bondi Nami rolls in for the winter, transforming North Bondi Fish into a Japanese-inspired seaside pop-up eatery and bar

Local favourite North Bondi Fish will hibernate for the winter, making way for an exciting new concept – North Bondi Nami. The casual seaside eatery and bar, located at the top of North Bondi’s grassy knoll takes its inspiration from izakayas of Japan, bringing the bustling energy of Tokyo to Bondi for the winter. North BondiContinue reading “North Bondi Nami rolls in for the winter, transforming North Bondi Fish into a Japanese-inspired seaside pop-up eatery and bar”

‘Do-nut’ miss this Festival: New Donut Festival at Queen Victoria Market, 6 June

Darren Purchese to host donut-eating contest. Donut Festival is set to roll into Melbourne on Sunday, 6 June at Queen Victoria Market. This new, one-day celebration will gather some of the city’s favourite donut makers for a super-sweet dive into all things iced, jam-filled, cinnamon-sprinkled, sugar-dusted and everything in between. Bring the whole family toContinue reading “‘Do-nut’ miss this Festival: New Donut Festival at Queen Victoria Market, 6 June”

Alanna Sapwell will take over the kitchen at Oma Food & Wine this Sunday

Award-winning chef Alanna Sapwell of Esmay will be taking over the kitchen at Byron Bay’s Oma Food & Wine this Sunday, 23 May, cooking alongside Head Chef Mark Hannell.  Alanna and Mark will team up to present a combined set menu showcasing the best in fresh produce grown by Venetia Scott of Hungry Earth AgroecologyContinue reading “Alanna Sapwell will take over the kitchen at Oma Food & Wine this Sunday”

Kylie Kwong’s new eatery opens at South Eveleigh on May 25

Kylie Kwong, Australia’s much-loved modern Chinese chef and restaurateur, is opening her new eatery, Lucky Kwong, on May 25 at South Eveleigh in Sydney. Lucky Kwong is a casual Australian-Cantonese cafeteria-style eatery, featuring some of Kylie’s best-known dishes for dine-in or takeaway. This is the first time since Kylie’s beloved Carriageworks Farmers Market stall thatContinue reading “Kylie Kwong’s new eatery opens at South Eveleigh on May 25”

Winter Igloo Gardens popping up in four Melbourne venues

Winter Igloo Gardens are popping up in four Melbourne venues to create the ultimate private dining experiences this winter! With The Winter Village now landed in Fed Square’s Skyline Terrace, the Winter Igloo Gardens – at Station Hotel, The Auburn Hotel, The Wharf Hotel and Studley Park Boathouse – offer more locations to enjoy theContinue reading “Winter Igloo Gardens popping up in four Melbourne venues”

Brick Lane Brewing collaborates with Pink Boots Society to support women and queer people in the beer trade

Launching Friday, 28 May, Brick Lane Brewing has created a new rye pale ale called STEREOBREAKER in collaboration with Pink Boots Society, a global non-profit organisation that aims to assist, inspire and encourage women and queer fermented/alcoholic beverage professionals through education. Inspired by the remarkable women in music, STEREOBREAKER Rye Pale Ale is led byContinue reading “Brick Lane Brewing collaborates with Pink Boots Society to support women and queer people in the beer trade”

Park Street Pasta & Wine

A new open-air dining experience for winter at South Melbourne’s favourite Italian osteria. A happy hangover from 2020 is Park Street Pasta & Wine’s Perrins Street streetside dining space, which will continue its reign throughout the winter months. With overhead canopies shielding against Melbourne’s many seasons and toasty heaters for added warmth, the once summer-nowContinue reading “Park Street Pasta & Wine”

Calling All Eaters – inclusive dining venue Yeah Boy opens in Windsor

Good vibes with tunes to match are on offer at the new Windsor locale, with thoughtful food for everybody. Geelong favourite Yeah Boy has joined Melbourne’s coveted Chapel Street Windsor Precinct, opening its doors last week. Known for its inclusive dining menu, Yeah Boy delivers a diverse range of dishes – from plant-based eats through toContinue reading “Calling All Eaters – inclusive dining venue Yeah Boy opens in Windsor”

80 Collins celebrates openings: MFWF event series + Şener Besim design installation

Melbourne’s newest destination for luxury, 80 Collins, reinvigorates the ‘Paris End’ of Collins St with a new network of laneways leading to a discovery of highly curated flagship and concept fashion brands, unique restaurants, and considered bars and cafés. With Melbourne CBD visitation increasing day by day, 80 Collins is playing a central role inContinue reading “80 Collins celebrates openings: MFWF event series + Şener Besim design installation”

Koko Black launches its first ever chocolate beer

Australian artisan chocolatier, Koko Black, has teamed up with award-winning homegrown brewer Modus Operandi to launch its first ever beer, Koko Black × MODUS Choc Hazelnut Belgian Stout. Available online from Tuesday, 18 May, the collaboration celebrates the best of both brands, offering a full bodied, expertly crafted Belgian stout (6.9% ABV) with an excitingContinue reading “Koko Black launches its first ever chocolate beer”

Vintage Vinyl Thursdays at Chiswick

For the next two Thursdays (20 & 27 May), Chiswick Woollahra’s communal bar will be transformed into a listening bar, in partnership with Fever-Tree and some of Sydney’s best DJs. Guests will be treated to a special autumn cocktail menu created in partnership with Fever-Tree with a selection of cocktails and non-alcoholic variants to chooseContinue reading “Vintage Vinyl Thursdays at Chiswick”

Curry For Relief at Horn Please and Dhaba At The Mill

As the devastating COVID crisis continues to worsen across India, Victoria’s popular Indian restaurants Horn Please and Dhaba At The Mill are hosting two fundraising dinners to support those in need.  Fitzroy North’s Horn Please will offer diners a set menu that includes a cocktail on arrival, three of the venue’s signature entrees (gol gappa,Continue reading “Curry For Relief at Horn Please and Dhaba At The Mill”

Opinion: The joy of cooking …

Over the past 12 months or so, I, like many others, have made jams and pickles, fermented yoghurt and kombucha, and perfected my sourdough. I’ve made lots of curries and discovered new vegetable dishes. I’ve read cookbooks that I bought some time ago but had since languished on the kitchen shelf. I’ve cooked for theContinue reading “Opinion: The joy of cooking …”

A new era for a Sydney icon – ivy reinvents itself after dark

Featuring Lost Sundays, POOF DOOF Sydney, Jimmy’s Underground and more nights to be announced soon. ivy, Merivale’s vibrant CBD dining and entertainment precinct, has reinvented itself after dark. The Sydney icon has transformed its expansive dance floor into a world-class super-club space, fostering the energy and freedom of a festival every weekend. Supercharged with outstandingContinue reading “A new era for a Sydney icon – ivy reinvents itself after dark”

On Point: A multi-storey dining food and beverage experience comes to Shell House

The Point Group – responsible for renowned Sydney establishments The Dolphin, Harpoon Harry’s, The Bucket List and Bondi Beach Public Bar – will transform the historic Shell House in Sydney CBD into one of the city’s hottest new dining experiences from July. Located at 2 Carrington Street, The Point Group has signed a 15-year lease deal forContinue reading “On Point: A multi-storey dining food and beverage experience comes to Shell House”

A night of Duck and Burgundy in the Gardens

When modern Sichuan dining and traditional French wines collide …  The Gardens by Lotus is hosting an exclusive dining experience on June 4, 5, 25 & 26 and July 8, 9 & 10 that will combine the perfect food and wine pairing – duck and Burgundy wine – all with a contemporary Chinese twist.  A true night ofContinue reading “A night of Duck and Burgundy in the Gardens”

Cheese, please! Four Frogs takes Ocello for a cheesy extravaganza

Sydney’s most gourmet cheese shop Formaggi Ocello will be joining forces with the authentic crêpe specialist, Four Frogs Crêperie to create the most decadent savoury crêpes to indulge in this winter. Because being the Queen Bee of all creamy and exquisite cheeses is pretty darn amazing and if you need a reason to “treat yo’self”Continue reading “Cheese, please! Four Frogs takes Ocello for a cheesy extravaganza”

Dine with Dari | Chin Chin

So much has changed in Melbourne over the last 10 years – particularly in the hospitality world. We’ve been through a gazillion restaurant openings and closures, the rise and fall of obscure food trends and lastly, most notoriously, an unwavering pandemic. What has not changed however is that gleeful thrill you get when you successfully manageContinue reading “Dine with Dari | Chin Chin”

Fine Dining Review: Bianca | 15/20

Italian cuisine has an appealing simplicity that makes it one of the most popular cuisines in Australia. Italian immigrants introduced olive oil, pasta, pizza, cappuccinos, salad, and wine, all of which became integral parts of Australian cuisine. Italian cuisine has remained central to Australian dining, despite the influx of more international cuisines. Indeed, Spaghetti BologneseContinue reading “Fine Dining Review: Bianca | 15/20”

Opinion: Keep Calm and Carry On

Last Tuesday’s budget, like most budgets, had good news and bad news. The good news includes funding for tourism and aviation, supporting domestic tourism with half-price airfares and lots more. The Federal Government has provided a massive financial package to supercharge the economy post-COVID. Our economy seems to be doing well and, domestically at least,Continue reading “Opinion: Keep Calm and Carry On”

Gin Loot: Celebrate quarantine-free travel in the Trans-Tasman bubble with Scapegrace Gin

As the quarantine-free travel bubble launches between Australia and New Zealand with flights across the Tasman Sea, online alcohol subscription service Gin Loot is celebrating with a drop of the New Zealand gin Scapegrace. Scapegrace is a contemporary Kiwi juice from just outside Auckland. Made in a 19th-century John Dore pot still in very smallContinue reading “Gin Loot: Celebrate quarantine-free travel in the Trans-Tasman bubble with Scapegrace Gin”

Latin American restaurant Vamos welcomes guests into new home in Fitzroy

Vamos was born from the innate desire of four friends Iliana Hernandez (Mexican), Marcela Rodriguez (Colombian), Juan Ignacio Angel (Colombian) and Thomas Norwood (Australian) with diverse backgrounds in hospitality, music, and education, to showcase the best that Latin America and Spain have to offer in terms of food, drinks, live music and fun. After sixContinue reading “Latin American restaurant Vamos welcomes guests into new home in Fitzroy”

Melbourne’s best private dining rooms

Looking for a private dining space for an EOFY party, or a gathering with family and friends? Here are some private dining spaces for group bookings. SilksRenowned Chinese restaurant Silks plays host to a beautifully presented private dining tent (pictured above), with dedicated personal service.  The impressive Mongolian tent is the centrepiece of the restaurant’sContinue reading “Melbourne’s best private dining rooms”

A Culinary Comeback – The Hunter Culinary Association Returns

What happens when four gun chefs with a raft of experience and talent from Sydney and the Hunter Valley go head-to-head after a year on the ropes? The annual Food Fight is the signature event organised by the Hunter Culinary Association (HCA) and this year marks a triumphant return as the industry reunites after missingContinue reading “A Culinary Comeback – The Hunter Culinary Association Returns”

Live Entertainment at Harbord Hotel

Freshwater’s Harbord Hotel is bringing live music and comedy to the Northern Beaches this May.  Great Gable LIVE – Sunday, 23 May Harbord Hotel is stoked to bring Perth’sGreat Gableto the Northern Beaches after selling out their only other Sydney show. Great Gable will be supported by Triple J Unearthed High winner, Aodhan. Tickets are $40 andContinue reading “Live Entertainment at Harbord Hotel”

Market Tours are back at Prahran Market

Prahran Market Discovery Trail launches 22nd May. Prahran Market is re-launching its tour program with the Prahran Market Discovery Trail. The insightful tour will give Melburnians and visitors an opportunity to learn about the history of the market, the traders and their produce and the sustainability programs, all while enjoying tastings. The Prahran Market DiscoveryContinue reading “Market Tours are back at Prahran Market”

Jessi Singh’s ‘unauthentic Indian’ restaurant Daughter in Law will open in Byron Bay

Mid-June 2021, acclaimed chef-owner Jessi Singh will open his “unauthentic Indian” restaurant Daughter in Law on Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. 100% of all proceeds from the opening night will go to a three-pronged initiative close to his heart, which directly supports Indian people through COVID. This is not your typical Indian joint. Singh has beenContinue reading “Jessi Singh’s ‘unauthentic Indian’ restaurant Daughter in Law will open in Byron Bay”

Nour Surry Hills × Maha Brunch with Shane Delia

For one day only – on Sunday 16 May – Shane Delia will be on the pans at Nour for a seven-course brunch created alongside Executive Chef Paul Farag. The one-off menu pays homage to both chefs’ Middle Eastern heritage, featuring dishes such as whipped cod roe bun, baharat-spiced beef crackling, duck and pine mushroom manoush and aContinue reading “Nour Surry Hills × Maha Brunch with Shane Delia”

The Old Garage – Camberwell café offers plant-based alternatives and a dog-friendly atmosphere

Camberwell café born in lockdown brings a new concept to the scene by mixing plant-based alternatives and puppy-friendly atmosphere. Set on the junction where Glen Iris and Camberwell Roads intersect, the 50-seat cafe comes from hospitality professionals Prince Dib and Rachael Schinck. Rachael’s interest in animal law was the catalyst for The Old Garage’s pet-friendlyContinue reading “The Old Garage – Camberwell café offers plant-based alternatives and a dog-friendly atmosphere”

Josh and Julie Niland introduce Charcoal Fish

Charcoal Fish670 New South Head Road, Rose Bay NSW 2029is due to open in late June 2021 We are both thrilled to announce that we will be opening a new business in Rose Bay called Charcoal Fish. I have been hugely inspired by the charcoal chicken shop model.  So many Australian families, ours included, onContinue reading “Josh and Julie Niland introduce Charcoal Fish”

Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi returns this June

Tickets on sale now Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi, supported by the City of Melbourne and Victorian Government, will safely return to Melbourne this June, celebrating the very best of the capital city for the eighth sensational year. Tickets are on sale only at goodfoodmonth.com. This year’s programme celebrates culinary collaborations between homegrownContinue reading “Melbourne Good Food Month presented by Citi returns this June”

Mother’s Day 2021 | Ultimate Foodie Feasts to Spoil Mum | Melbourne

Melbourne mums are in for a treat this Mother’s Day, with a variety of options available to spoil Mum on her special day. Agostino & King and GodfreeCarlton’s iconic food precinct has curated special menus for both the K&G Deli and Agostino to celebrate mum. Down in the K&G Deli, you will spoil Mum withContinue reading “Mother’s Day 2021 | Ultimate Foodie Feasts to Spoil Mum | Melbourne”

Whisky Loot × Diageo 2020 Special Release Packs

The unveiling of Diageo’s Special Releases range is always one of the most eagerly awaited events in the whisky calendar. Diageo, by far the biggest player in Scotch whisky, own no less than 27 different whisky distilleries in Scotland. The Special Releases are an annual series where Diageo lifts the lid on its more secretiveContinue reading “Whisky Loot × Diageo 2020 Special Release Packs”

Celebrate a night of whisky and waves at Stokehouse

Stokehouse is joining forces with Melbourne’s iconic whisky distillery Starward to bring you a night of whisky and waves on Wednesday, 12 May. An innovator in the whisky world, Starward celebrates the city it was born in and pays homage to Melbourne’s casual brilliance by focusing exclusively on flavour and creating something that is fundamentallyContinue reading “Celebrate a night of whisky and waves at Stokehouse”

Una Fatsa Una Ratsa 2.0

Two strong chefs, two strong cuisines fused together to bring you an unforgettable experience. Greek Chef – David Tsirekas | Italian Chef – Salvatore D’Alterio | One Space – Vizio Caffe e Cucina, Woolloomooloo.  Vizio Caffe e Cucina is taking fusion to the next level during this event, showcasing the best of both Greek andContinue reading “Una Fatsa Una Ratsa 2.0”

The Grand Dining Room in Richmond to re-open on 12th May

In more good news on Melbourne’s revival, The Grand Dining Room in Richmond will re-open on 12th May, after closing last March for the first lockdown. One of the city’s favourite dining venues, the restaurant is known for its consistent quality, modern Italian cuisine and impeccable service. The award-winning pub dining room will celebrate its 18th birthdayContinue reading “The Grand Dining Room in Richmond to re-open on 12th May”

The Coronation Club re-launches as CORO 88

An exciting new venue for Burwood! With high anticipation surrounding its opening CORO 88 has opened its doors in Burwood, revealing a fully redesigned customer-focused 130-seat bar and eatery with a dedicated sports positioning plus a stylishly designed 61-seat café, Nelsons By The Park. Previously known as the Coronation Club, the established NSW registered club,Continue reading “The Coronation Club re-launches as CORO 88”

Banksii to close at the end of May

Rebecca Lines and Hamish Ingham will be closing the doors of Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro at the end of May to make way for their new Mexican-inspired concept, Tequila Daisy.  The announcement comes as Sydney’s first vermouth bar approaches its fifth birthday and the pair are ready to embrace a new adventure. “Banksii hasContinue reading “Banksii to close at the end of May”

Town & Country event coming to Regatta Hotel

Saddle up for the biggest country music takeover: 14–16 MayGet ready for an epic country music takeover with the iconic Regatta Hotel hosting Town & Country, a celebration of country music, 14–16 May. Over 20 of Brisbane’s best country music artists will play as the Regatta Hotel is transformed for this free event. From theContinue reading “Town & Country event coming to Regatta Hotel”

Whisky Loot Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Pack

Pappy Van Winkle is often regarded as the most premium Bourbon whiskey in the world. This incredibly rare, award-winning dram is so exclusive that few get to enjoy a drop of this juice. Australia’s most lovable whisky subscription service, Whisky Loot, have got their hands on three of Pappy’s most iconic juices and are doingContinue reading “Whisky Loot Limited Edition Pappy Van Winkle Pack”

Experience Shanghai Nights with Merivale and The Glenlivet

Two nights, one very special laneway experience. Bridge Lane will be set alight with the sights and sounds of Shanghai this May, when Merivale and The Glenlivet host Shanghai Nights, a dazzling laneway showcase of live entertainment, street food and cocktails. Held over two special nights – 6 & 7 May – and supported by the CityContinue reading “Experience Shanghai Nights with Merivale and The Glenlivet”

Bodriggy joins forces with Hop Nation for Good Beer Week with Froff Fight Night

Plus week-long celebrations: 14–23 May 2021. Bodriggy Brewing Co. is hosting a variety of froffy events during this year’s annual Good Beer Week (GBW) from 14–23 May, including a collaboration with heavyweight Footscray brewery Hop Nation; a week-long Bodriggy Cantina where head chef John Dominguez will match a new dish to the Bodriggy tap beers;Continue reading “Bodriggy joins forces with Hop Nation for Good Beer Week with Froff Fight Night”

Sydney welcomes European-inspired bistro Lorraine’s to the Robin Hood Hotel

Sydney’s East welcomes Lorraine’s, a European-inspired bistro made for lazy afternoons and evenings spent drinking and dining with friends and family. Situated on level one of the iconic Robin Hood Hotel in Waverley, and following its multi-million-dollar renovation, the light-filled venue features a stunning glass atrium roof – the perfect space to relax and enjoyContinue reading “Sydney welcomes European-inspired bistro Lorraine’s to the Robin Hood Hotel”

Conversation with the critics (Part 2)

In the second episode of this ongoing series, The COVID Pivot, experienced restaurant critics Brian Steel, Jeremy Ryland and Dane Richards discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on both food critique, and the wider industry at large. If you would like to express an interest in being mentored by one of the panel, please email: dane@newsforthefoodlover.com

Melbourne’s Saint Felix distillery introduces new limited edition brandy

Distiller Xavier Nalty launches Cherry & Cacao Husk Brandy by Saint Felix. Saint Felix distillery introduces a limited edition brandy on 10th May 2021. With only 800 bottles available, the brandy is the first of Saint Felix’s limited release aged spirits and brandy collection. Master distiller and ex-chef of 20 years, Xavier Nalty created theContinue reading “Melbourne’s Saint Felix distillery introduces new limited edition brandy”

Indulge in a luxe bottomless brunch at Fitzroy’s Poodle Bar & Bistro

Enjoy the finer things in life at Poodle Bar & Bistro and indulge in a bottomless brunch on Sunday, 23 May. The event features two seatings at 11.30am and 2.00pm and will serve up a decadent menu prepared by Head Chef Josh Fry paired with all-you-can-drink bubbles, wines and spritzes. Experience one of Melbourne’s fanciestContinue reading “Indulge in a luxe bottomless brunch at Fitzroy’s Poodle Bar & Bistro”

Arbory serves up beer-inspired dishes with acclaimed Melbourne chefs for Good Beer Week

Good Beer Kitchen returns to Melbourne’s iconic Arbory Bar & Eatery. Good Beer Kitchen is back on deck at Arbory Bar & Eatery, celebrating some of Australia’s best brewers as a part of the Good Beer Week program on Saturday, 15 May, giving a nod to pairing at its best. Known as the festival’s favouriteContinue reading “Arbory serves up beer-inspired dishes with acclaimed Melbourne chefs for Good Beer Week”

Bring the joy of the Italian kitchen home with foodie favourite Julia Busuttil Nishimura and Providoor

Well-loved cook, author and teacher to host online masterclass with Shane Delia showcasing a menu of Italian winter warmers. Julia Busuttil Nishimura (aka. Julia Ostro) is one of Australia’s most loved cooks, with her work celebrating simple ingredients, seasonal produce and the joys of coming together at the table. Providoor is giving you and yourContinue reading “Bring the joy of the Italian kitchen home with foodie favourite Julia Busuttil Nishimura and Providoor”

Introducing Pinchy’s New Menu For Vegan Diners

A new plant-based menu will run alongside Pinchy’s ‘Made By The Sea’ offering, creating an exciting vegan-friendly dining experience in the heart of Melbourne CBD. Pinchy’s is known for serving some of the most imaginative seafood in town, and now it’s adding a complementary plant-based menu to its repertoire to run alongside its existing ‘MadeContinue reading “Introducing Pinchy’s New Menu For Vegan Diners”

Authentic Indonesian High Tea Experience – Mother’s Day 2021

Mother’s Day felt really different last year and it’s only fitting that we can celebrate this year – bigger and better than ever. That is why Head Chef/Owner Natasya Soetantyo of Salt & Palm restaurant in Glebe has decided to change up her usual lunch format and has developed a bespoke and authentic Indonesian High TeaContinue reading “Authentic Indonesian High Tea Experience – Mother’s Day 2021”

Singing from the Rooftop with Broadway Brunch

Imperial on Bourke introduces bottomless brunch with show tunes. Musical theatre lovers rejoice! Imperial on Bourke has introduced its latest event – Broadway Brunch on the Rooftop. For two hours each Saturday, guests can enjoy bottomless spritzes, wine and beer plus a brunch item, with live performances of favourite show tunes. Some of Melbourne’s finest musicalContinue reading “Singing from the Rooftop with Broadway Brunch”

SkyFeast at Sydney Tower is reverting to buffet

If your family has fasted before an unlimited buffet, this one is for you. SkyFeast at Sydney Tower is switching back to an all-you-can-eat buffet, some 82 floors up in the air. Following a $12-million refurbishment of the Sydney Tower Dining precinct last year, SkyFeast Head Chef Stefan Schröder is in charge of the kitchen,Continue reading “SkyFeast at Sydney Tower is reverting to buffet”

Maha Bar heralds the future of Middle Eastern cuisine in Australia

Across a series of Tuesdays rising talent will be taking over the kitchen and serving up their menus. From May 18, celebrated chef-restaurateur Shane Delia is shining the spotlight on four of the country’s top young chefs to showcase the evolution of Middle Eastern cuisine at Collingwood’s Maha Bar.  The rising masters of modern MiddleContinue reading “Maha Bar heralds the future of Middle Eastern cuisine in Australia”

Service NSW Centre coming soon to Ed.Square

Town Centre offers extra convenience for local residents  •  The NSW Government and Frasers Property confirm a Service NSW Centre is coming to Ed.Square  •  Service NSW will join a host of new retailers and Eat Street to open soon  •  Next stage of Ed.Square Town Centre launches on 29 April  •  Service NSW CentreContinue reading “Service NSW Centre coming soon to Ed.Square”

Vegan Froyo hits Melbourne!

Brunswick has just welcomed 100% plant-based dessert haven Swirl’d Frozen Yoghurt and Dessert Bar! Vegan, halal, and with gluten-free options, Swirl’d is making sure no one gets left out when it comes to everyone’s favourite meal. After struggling to find good desserts for his lactose-intolerant daughter, Mo Chakielli and his half-brother Sam Nasri launched Swirl’d.Continue reading “Vegan Froyo hits Melbourne!”

New pop-ups, food & cocktail pairing and more parties added to World Class Cocktail Festival line-up

More than 80 Australian bars feature in the festival program as new luxury beverage experiences are announced across the five-day festival. As the highly anticipated World Class Cocktail Festival approaches, more of Australia’s best bars have announced bespoke cocktail experiences, fun collaborations, and one-off parties to the mix. The already impressive, jam-packed line-up has beenContinue reading “New pop-ups, food & cocktail pairing and more parties added to World Class Cocktail Festival line-up”

Iconic Sydney restaurant Berowra Waters Inn welcomes Lauren Eldridge

One of Australia’s best pastry chefs, Lauren Eldridge will be joining the kitchen at iconic Sydney restaurant Berowra Waters Inn, forming a collaborative cooking duo with Head Chef and Owner, Brian Geraghty. Officially joining 20 May, Lauren will bring her impressive CV of postings and awards to the riverfront restaurant, including Pastry Chef at MarkContinue reading “Iconic Sydney restaurant Berowra Waters Inn welcomes Lauren Eldridge”

Alibi Kitchen & Bar introduces high tea to-go

Plant-based eatery Alibi Bar & Kitchen will shake up its unique high tea, offering the tiered banquet to-go on weekends.  Alibi High Tea Takeaway is an expansion of the in-house offering, with a selection of 100% plant-based sweet and savoury treats, best enjoyed with a friend alongside tea, coffee, or even a tipple of booze. There’sContinue reading “Alibi Kitchen & Bar introduces high tea to-go”

The Star Sydney presents: Indulgence

A festival for all the senses this April and May – with art and experiences curated by Tame Impala’s Cam Avery, artist and florist Doctor Cooper and DJ Alex Dimitriades.  The Star Sydney is curating a carnival of pleasure throughout its venues this  April and May, with the theme of indulgence threaded through artist collaborations,Continue reading “The Star Sydney presents: Indulgence”

The Winter Village is back and going national!

For the first time ever, The Winter Village will pop up from coast to coast, launching in four Australian cities this winter. The alpine-inspired winter wonderland will pop up in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth for the first time and is returning to Melbourne. The Winter Village will be open daily and will be complete withContinue reading “The Winter Village is back and going national!”

ANZAC Day at Merivale, Harbord Hotel & Australian Venue Co.

Check out what’s on at some of your favourite Sydney venues this ANZAC Day. Merivale The NewportA Northern Beaches’ icon, The Newport will have nonstop fun with Two-Up from 1pm to sundown, drink specials, and live music all Sunday long. Open from 1pm–late with bookings available here. Vic on the ParkAt your favourite local pub,Continue reading “ANZAC Day at Merivale, Harbord Hotel & Australian Venue Co.”

Matt Moran launches Season 2 of his TV series Kitchen Tales, featuring some of Australia’s most interesting personalities

Following the success of Season 1 of his new TV series, Matt Moran is launching a second season of Kitchen Tales, with more surprise menus and great conversation with some of Australia’s most interesting personalities in his home kitchen. The series commences on May 2. Across eight episodes broadcast on YouTube and IGTV, Moran invitesContinue reading “Matt Moran launches Season 2 of his TV series Kitchen Tales, featuring some of Australia’s most interesting personalities”

The Night Noodle Markets at Home come to Melbourne this June

Melburnians can order an array of banquets from eight delicious eateries, delivered straight to their front door in one flavour-packed order. The Night Noodle Markets at Home, co-presented by Citi and DoorDash, is coming to Melbourne this June. Bringing together the signature dishes and innovative tastes of eight sizzling vendors, Night Noodle Markets at HomeContinue reading “The Night Noodle Markets at Home come to Melbourne this June”

Café Review | All Things Equal | 7.5/10

Imagine a world where all things were equal. There was no discrimination, diversity was embraced, and abled, disabled and anybody in between was treated the same. Unfortunately such a world is still a fantasy and worlds away. Yet it does exist – at a gorgeous café in the centre of Carlisle Street.  Walking in the doorContinue reading “Café Review | All Things Equal | 7.5/10”