The George on Collins is Melbourne's newest European-influenced social destination.Read More
Almost completely unmarked and requiring patrons to press a non descript doorbell to be granted entry, it is easy to miss Hihou. Once inside, you are greeted by a gorgeously minimalist Japanese interior lit by flickering candles and a chique backlit bar. Shoes will need to come off if you are going to venture into the more intimate spaces to the right of the bar and the menu has been clearly designed with drinking in mind – think sword fish sashimi, oroshi-ponzu and shichimi and fried crumbed eggplant and kingfish skewers. This is a good thing as Hihou boasts an extensive range of Japanese beers, whiskeys and, of course, sake. Hihou feels words away from its Spring Street location and is definitely one to check out.
Situated on the banks of the Yarra in the historic Federation Wharf vaults, Riverland is an urban beer garden hideaway which boasts magical views, making it an ideal escape from the daily grind.Read More
Away from the glitz of Chapel Street, the Sweetwater in is an atmospheric venue with a distinct personality - think rustic, country Australian bar complete with farm equipment and taxidermy scattered generously throughout. We recently popped in for pre-dinner drinks and found the service warm and the dim space inviting. Definitely worth a look if you feel like getting back to your roots.
Melbourne hospitality industry husband and wife team, Stewart Koziora and Anna Carosa of Retail SAVVY Group have added to their plethora of restaurant and bars with the opening “The Bank on Collins” in mid October.Read More
After launching in May 2015, WOODY.P is revamping its Italian offerings with a new Executive Chef, Timothy Martin and a new seasonal menu. Most recently serving as Head Chef at acclaimed restaurant The European, Martin brings over fifteen years culinary experience to WOODY. P with a CV that is jammed with industry accolades.
WOODY.P offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere that caters to a broad range of dining experiences. The interior is composed of polished timber floors, exposed brick walls, textured glass and contemporary pendant lighting. Highlights include a sophisticated bar area with a tiled feature wall and suspended planted hangers. WOODY.P also comprises a large outdoor dining area where diners can eat and drink among greenery, lanterns and bluestone floors, a nod to Melbourne’s rich architectural heritage.
The menu is produce-driven and defined by simple Mediterranean and Italian flavours.
Martin’s Spring menu leads WOODY.P to authentic Italian roots, with new dishes such as bone marrow crostini, Moreton Bay bug tagliatelle, suckling roast lamb and charcoal fire grilled steaks, executed using a strong focus on local Victorian produce that references Martin’s Gippsland childhood.
Of particular note is the dish of Swordfish crudo. The quality of the swordfish we sampled was exemplary. The flesh was delicate and moist. It was a fresh dish that allowed the natural subtle sweetness of the fish to be enjoyed.
Positioned on Flinders Lane, the city’s most dynamic food precinct, WOODY.P is part of Melbourne’s bourgeoning range of restaurants and drinking spots.
121 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
03 9654 5000
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of WOODY.P
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Lounge Kitchen.
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Arbory.
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Collins Quarter.
Gastrology bloggers visited courtesy of Bond Melbourne.
Images courtesy of Meagan Harding, Rosanna Faraci and Shania Shegedyn.
To celebrate the start of Melbourne's beautiful autum, Royal Saxon are spicing up your Fridays with #from5fridays. And you guessed it... it all starts from 5.
The Saxon have also recently launched a delicious
which has kept us coming back more.
If you've never had the Saxon's charming Italian pizzas before, you'll get to experience their magic during #from5fridays where the Saxon shout everyone complimentary pizzas from 5-6! So keep a look out for those delicious pizzas when you're there.
And please... please stay back for dessert. If you do, we recommend the Poached pear tart with spiced red wine reduction and cinnamon ice cream. A beautifully decadent dessert, the soft centre of caramelised pears combines with the buttery crumbly pastry, the rich red wine reduction and moreish cinnamon ice cream in perfect harmony - absolutely sublime!
Think good tunes, cocktails & delicious aperitivo - All available from 5 PM every Friday.
From 5 PM every Friday
545 Church Street, Richmond
03 9429 5277
Italian, Pub/Bar Food, Coffee
Read our review of their new autumn menu
Open until 5am, Time Out is the city’s reliable, go-to bar and restaurant. For this special event, Time Out will be open all night, where white nighters can take in the sights of the spectacular illuminations, visual art, exhibitions, music, film, design and performances on show, from the comfort of the newly refurbished venue. Take Time Out and beat the crowds with a craft beer or cocktail in hand, and delicious dishes, such as the Vietnamese pulled pork sliders, or warm Thai chicken salad.
From 7pm to 7am on 21 February 2015, the streets and buildings of Melbourne’s major cultural institutions and venues will be transformed into an eclectic wonderland of over 80+ free events featuring local, national and international artists and works from Australia, France, Greece, Portugal, India and the United Kingdom.
- Wonderland projections created by The Electric Canvas and Russell Goldsmith on the iconic Flinders Street Station
- The spectacular light-driven structures on show in Vox Lumen: People Into Light at Federation Square
- Toccata- a 12 hour continuous play of the complete Bach organ works delivered by Dr Calvin Bowman at St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Sita’s Garden, where the banks of the Yarra at Birrarung Marr transform into a Little India, complete with a glowing lotus pond and floating stage.