Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn

Beer DeLuxe is famous for their ability to combine a meal with the perfect beer within a cosmopolitan environment which retains a laidback ambience.
The beer list is magical - guests escape on a journey through the world’s luscious hop fields, expressed by a selection of surprising and delicious taste combinations.
The menu showcases an array of juicy steaks, pizzas, burgers and tapas style beer food. 
Chicken strips, sweet chili mayo

The fried chicken was tender, juicy and distinctly flavoursome. We loved how this crispy bar staple was done impeccably well without compromise. 
Oven baked salmon fillet 

The baked salmon was beautifully cooked.  Served with juicy prawns and enlivening salad of avocado, semi-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, Spanish onion and lettuce with lemon and dill aioli adding a lovely finishing touch. This was a generous dish and fresh dish which was perfect for the warm weather. 
Grain fed porterhouse served with fries

We particularly enjoyed our steak with the Trappist Rochefort 8. A dark coloured, full bodied beer, it expressed strong plum, raisin, and black currant notes. It was a wonderfully complex beer.
Holgate temptress float

For dessert, we concluded on a sweet note quite appropriately with a beer float. The Holgate Temptress Chocolate Porter was a tempting twist on the classic porter - Brewed with loads of malt and infused with a dash of rich Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans. Luscious chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavours blended with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to produce an adult’s only playful and complex ice cream float.
Look for the red star on Burwood Road for an enjoyable meal with an interesting range of local and international brews and wines.

Location: Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn, 329 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9818 3944
Cuisine: Bar Food, Burgers, Pizza, Steaks

Beer DeLuxe Giveaway

It's giveaway time at Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn! 
Take a photo of their burger whilst dining at their restaurant, (extra points if the beer is in the shot) and go into the draw to win a free beer and burger when you tag @beerdeluxe! Winners will be drawn weekly on a Wednesday via the Beer DeLuxe Facebook. The winner will get to reserve their free burger and beer dining experience any time on a Tuesday. 

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Beer DeLuxe.

Lounge Kitchen

Known for bringing iconic late night music to the forefront of Melbourne's music scene over the last few years, the focus at Lounge Kitchen has recently shifted. 

The team has turned their attention to the dining experience, redesigning the menu, combining fusion food and borderless dining for an experience to be shared.
A great believer that food is a social occasion and should be experienced in the company of others, Lounge Kitchen’s revamped menu invites diners to order a range of small plates and large to share between family and friends.
The menu was developed pulling inspiration from Spanish Style Tapas and infusing Asian inspired flavours, bringing together a borderless menu to suit the adventurous diner and providing plates for everyone to enjoy. We thoroughly enjoyed the food we shared at Lounge Kitchen which embodies the creative culinary vision in the kitchen.
The menu is wonderfully global perfect for sharing amongst friends and family. Our favourite dishes included the Thai sticky beef short ribs. The braised beef short ribs were tender and delicious, with caramel undertones. Paired with an earthy Asian braising sauce, the ribs fell away at the weight of our spoons whilst still retaining their integrity. 
Another highlight was the Zucchini and halloumi fritters which are served with a luxurious mint and goats cheese pea puree. Each fritter boasted a crunchy golden brown exterior while being beautifully succulent and sweet inside. 
Moving away from traditional pub food and presenting a menu highlighting modern flavours that reflect a very Melbourne border-less cuisine, the new Lounge Kitchen is a winner.  

Location: 243 Swanston Street, CBD, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9663 2916
Cuisine: Tapas, Burger

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Lounge Kitchen.

Mick Adams Burger Bar

Gastrology recently joined Mick Adams Burger Bar for a delicious evening which featured some of the finest burgers from the streets of Oakleigh.

The eatery is named after Greek born Australian business entrepreneur, Joachim Tavlaridis (who later became known as Mick Adams) who opened Australia’s first and possibly the world’s first Milk Bar in Sydney’s Martin Place back in 1932. Based on the American-style soda parlours of the 1930s, Mick’s concept proved popular and within 5 years there were over 4,000 independently run milk bars across Australia.

In line with the Mick Adams spirit, owners Michael and Theo have created a comfortable environment which pays homage through food and service to all those who have shaped our understanding of what it means to be simply Australian.
We enjoyed the Spicy Jorge burger - an almighty burger with a large 200g grass fed patty, red cheddar, tomato, jalapeno, crispy bacon, cos lettuce, mustard aioli and “bada-bing” sauce all squeezed into a fresh, toasted brioche bun. It was the small details that set it apart - from the slightly crispy edges of the pattie to the subtle smokiness of the bacon. Yum!
The Trout burger (a current menu special) was beautiful. It was a delicious burger with generous amounts of perfectly cooked trout, tangy Vietnamese slaw, aromatic coriander and crispy noodles which added texture. Each element was precisely portioned and cooked with love.
A testament to using ingredients that are of the highest quality and expertly judged fillings, Mick Adams Burger Bar is a winner.

Location: 38 Portman Street, Oakleigh
Phone: 03 9563 0331
Link: Facebook, Instagram
Cuisine: Burgers

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Mick Adams Burger Bar.

Morgan’s Beach Shack

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Morgan’s Beach Shack.
Since opening its doors in January last year, Morgan’s Beach Shack has swiftly established a firm following among locals and travellers alike.

Led by seasoned hospitality veterans, Julian Gerner and Paul Olynyk, who also co-own the Royal Saxon in Richmond, the venue continues to be a hotspot for its fresh food, great atmosphere, live music and endless games of ping pong.
With panoramic views of the Mornington Peninsula, Morgan’s Beach Shack has a very distinctive visual narrative that pays homage to its enviable seaside setting. Designed by award-winning Six Degrees Architects, a firm whose iconic style has defined the face of some of Melbourne’s most renowned venues, the interiors are layered with recycled materials: lobster pots are turned into lampshades, lifebuoys are suspended from old timber beams, and a pair of rowing oars sits against sandstone bricks. The effect is playful, relaxed and contemporary.
Rare Beef salad

The menu takes cues from Baja-style cuisine, a Californian take on Mexican. We loved their moreish kingfish ceviche, fresh salads and stunning tacos.
Kingfish ceviche, Cured kingfish, fresh peppers, chilli salt, fennel + tendrils

The ceviche was our favourite dish. Displaying technique and skilful restraint, the kingfish was beautifully presented and accompanied by a citrus-based marinade that cured the kingfish. It was a wonderful mélange of salinity, sweetness and acidity.
Baja battered soft shell crab w. sweet corn salsa, jalapeno crema + fresh herbs

We adored the beautifully crispy and juicy soft shell crab. The deep fried crustacean pieces were coated in a semi-thick crisp batter that encapsulated firm, sweet flesh. With a touch of spicy jalapeno crema and freshness from the sweet corn salsa and fresh herbs, it was a playful and delicious dish.
Ancient grain salad

We enjoyed both our ancient grain salad and rare beef salad. The ancient grain salad in particular was a stand out. An enlivening salad of chicken, farro, quinoa, chia, chickpeas, roasted almonds, tendrils and creamy goats curd brought together with an olive oil dressing, the salad was a medley of exciting flavours and textures.
With uninterrupted views overlooking one of Australia’s most famous bays, Morgan’s Beach Shack is a spectacular place to take in what Sorrento has to offer.

Location: 1-3 Esplanade, Sorrento, VIC
Phone: (03) 5984 3121
Cuisine: Mexican, American, Burgers, Steak

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St Zita's

Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of St Zita's.
Tucked away amongst the leafy, tree lined streets of Glen Huntly, St Zita’s is a local hotspot which serves good food and coffee.
Brimming with charm, St Zita’s welcomes its patrons with an atmosphere that exudes an air of calm and tranquillity which is further reinforced by its friendly and courteous service. 
The coffee is made from quality-roasted coffee beans from Strada Coffee.
Pulled pork salad

The pulled pork salad was crisp and fresh, the pork was tender and juicy while the corn, beans and avocado paired well.
St Zita’s Fritters 

The corn fritters were lovely. Each fritter boasted a crunchy golden brown exterior while being beautifully succulent and sweet inside. The fresh avocado, rocket and tomato salsa added a delightful freshness. 
St Zita’s pleases with its affordable selection of brunch offerings and friendly service.

Location: 1167 Glen Huntly Road, Glen Huntly
Phone: 03 8395 6187
Link: Facebook
Cuisine: Breakfast, Burgers, Cafe

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