Category: FOOD & DRINK

Ruben’s Deli does good food in Melbourne’s Armadale

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What really sets this Melbourne gem apart isn’t just its delectable sandwiches; it’s the incredible catering service spearheaded by owner Amanda Ruben, that’s capturing the hearts of food lovers across the city.

Bang Bang Asian restaurant opening in Hampton

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Excitement fills the air as Bang Bang, the revered Pan Asian street food sanctuary, prepares to unveil its second location in Hampton on Wednesday, 17th April. This new addition promises to bring the vibrant flavours and innovative culinary creations that define Bang Bang to a fresh neighbourhood, inviting locals and diners citywide to embark on a tantalizing journey through the best of Asian street food in Melbourne. A Culinary Adventure Awaits After the overwhelming success of its Mordialloc restaurant, Bang Bang identified the burgeoning demand for a new location, with Hampton emerging as the ideal destination to expand its culinary empire. Drawing inspiration from Asia’s bustling street food culture and the team’s global travels, Bang Bang’s bold seasonal menu is a testament to unrivalled Pan Asian cuisine in Melbourne. The Menu: A Symphony of Flavours Dive into a world of culinary delights with Bang Bang’s diverse menu offerings, tailored to cater to every palate and occasion. From Bites to Desserts, each dish showcases a fusion of authentic produce and complex flavour profiles that transport diners to the vibrant streets of Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, and India. Feast Your Senses For the ultimate dining experience, Bang Bang offers two exceptional Feed Me menus curated by the chefs, allowing guests to immerse themselves in a culinary journey filled with bold flavours and delectable surprises. Crafted Cocktails and Happy Hours Complementing the vibrant flavours of the menu are Bang Bang’s innovative cocktails, featuring tantalizing creations like Midnight Rose and Chilli Chilli Bang Bang. With Bang Bang Hour offering… Read More

Mexican in Sydney at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel

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Sydney’s culinary scene is about to get hotter with The Happy Mexican making its much-anticipated debut at the iconic Lansdowne Hotel. Known for bringing the authentic taste of Mexico to Melbourne, The Happy Mexican is ready to sprinkle some of that magic in Sydney. And what better way to start than with a bang? In an unprecedented move, they’re giving away 500 free tacos and tequila shots in April to celebrate their grand opening. Yes, you heard it right – a free taco and tequila fiesta, and everyone’s invited! View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Lansdowne Hotel (@thelansdowne) Since opening its doors in the 1920s, The Lansdowne has become a staple of Sydney nightlife, cherished for its historic charm and rock and roll spirit. Now, it’s adding a fresh twist by swapping its usual beers for margaritas, courtesy of The Happy Mexican. Beginning April 10th, Sydneysiders can pop into the newly revitalized space to indulge in mouth-watering free tacos that promise to make their taste buds dance, paired of course with that essential shot of tequila to kick start the fiesta vibes. But the generosity doesn’t end there. The Happy Mexican will continue the fiesta throughout April with a $2 taco happy hour from 5-6 pm every evening, starting on the 3rd. The menu boasts an array of tantalizing flavors, from juicy roasted chicken breast and zesty marinated pork, to crispy beer-battered fish, and their signature blockbuster, slow-cooked beef birria tacos. And for those seeking something a little different, they’ve got… Read More

Maha Melbourne is a must for Middle Eastern food

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Step into the vibrant world of Shane Delia’s acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant, Maha, where culinary innovation meets tradition in a symphony of flavours and aromas. For the first time in over a decade, Maha is proud to unveil its latest offering – an enchanting à la carte lunch menu that promises a personalised dining experience like never before. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Maha Restaurant Melbourne (@maharestaurant) Embrace Choice with Maha’s New Lunch Menu At Maha, diversity reigns supreme as the restaurant introduces an array of new options to cater to varied palates and preferences. Alongside the cherished tasting set menus, guests can now relish the freedom of choice with the introduction of both à la carte and vegan à la carte lunch selections. Priced individually, these offerings allow diners to curate their lunch experience according to their cravings and desires. A Gastronomic Journey Through Maha’s Lunch Menu Dive into a world of culinary wonders with Maha’s thoughtfully crafted lunch menu, designed to tantalize your taste buds and ignite your senses. From delectable small plates to sumptuous main courses, each dish is a masterpiece in its own right, promising a symphony of flavours that celebrate the essence of Middle Eastern cuisine. Elevate Your Lunch Experience at Maha Available from 12 pm to 3 pm every day of the week, Maha’s new à la carte lunch menu offers a flexible dining option for busy city dwellers, power lunches, or those seeking a refined culinary escapade in the heart of Melbourne. Immerse yourself… Read More

A new FroYo collaboration to get excited about

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When the nation’s beloved frozen yogurt chain, Yo-Chi, partners with the widely acclaimed Pistachio Papi, it’s not just a collaboration; it’s a phenomenon set to sweep the food scene. Next month, Yo-Chi venues across Australia are gearing up for an unparalleled rush as they introduce a limited-time topping that promises to be as elusive as it is irresistible—the renowned pistachio spread from Pistachio Papi. This exciting fusion is anticipated to create waves, mirroring Pistachio Papi’s history of sell-out collaborations and social media frenzies. It’s a pairing that celebrates indulgence, innovation, and the sheer joy of savouring flavours that speak directly to the soul. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yo-Chi Frozen Yogurt (@iloveyochi) Both Yo-Chi and Pistachio Papi are titans in their respective realms, known for drawing crowds willing to wait in lengthy queues for a taste of excellence. This shared fame for exceptional culinary experiences makes their collaboration a natural fit, one that’s eagerly awaited by fans of both brands. Scheduled from the 14th of April to the 26th of May—or until supplies run out—this partnership will offer Yo-Chi customers the delightful opportunity to elevate their frozen yoghurt or açai bowls with a dollop of Pistachio Papi’s luxurious pistachio spread, made from the finest 100% Italian pistachios. Amidst the excitement, Yo-Chi takes a moment to honor tradition and family values by incorporating a heartfelt initiative—”Share The Chi with your Nonna” on the 21st of April. This thoughtful event offers all nonnas a taste of appreciation in the form of free Yo-Chi,… Read More

A subterranean bar and dining room in Queenstown NZ


Queenstown, New Zealand – Ayrburn, one of New Zealand’s most anticipated openings, invites guests to experience the precinct’s latest launch, The Barrel Room; an intimate underground wine cellar, piano bar, and dining room. Heroing a sophisticated offering of locally sourced dishes, and an extensive wine list including Ayrburn’s own curated range of wine, the sultry venue is a place to enjoy wine, dance on the tables, and tell tales long into the night. Buried underground, guests are invited to follow the candlelight, past the grand piano to the wine cellar lined with 56 barrels, setting the scene for the opulent ambience that follows. With the ability to host 50 guests for an intimate candle-lit soiree through to larger lively late-night gatherings and everything in between, the Barrel Room is perfect for any occasion. Designers SA Studio and Alexander &CO were briefed to create a secret hideaway for bespoke experiences that deliver both escapism and excellence, reflecting the heritage of the surrounding precinct whilst maintaining the atmosphere of an authentic wine cave reminiscent of those found in France and Italy. Visual Stylist Alexandra Watts and scenic artist Andy King were engaged to ensure the walls and flooring of the new build venue felt genuine, using their set-design experience to create a space that looks as though it could have been an original feature of the 160-year-old property. Beyond a bespoke steel gate by local metalworkers, hand-forged with a custom designed Ayrburn motif, guests will discover a sanctuary filled with an eclectic mix of modern and vintage… Read More

There’s a new high tea at El Primo Sanchez in Sydney

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High tea, traditionally an elegant affair reserved for the afternoons, often conjures images of fine china, delicate pastries, and an air of sophistication that feels a step removed from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Historically, it was seen as a somewhat staid and elderly pursuit, reminiscent of cosy gatherings with grandparents, not unlike how Whiskey on the Rocks has been pegged as a drink for the older generation, and Cosmopolitans have started to seem a touch passé. Yet, in an era where blending tradition with contemporary sensibilities is more en vogue than ever, an innovative transformation is afoot. Breaking away from the conventional, Jose Cuervo, in partnership with Abbie Chatfield — a figure renowned for her challenge against puritanical norms — is pioneering the introduction of High TeaQuila. This refreshing twist on the classic high tea experience is set to redefine social gatherings. Set against the vibrant backdrop of El Primo Sanchez, High TeaQuila presents an opportunity to trade the customary tea pots for tequila cocktails, shedding the rigidity of yesteryear for a more laid-back vibe. With Jose Cuervo’s storied legacy as the most ancient tequila brand globally, this event marks a significant departure from its traditional roots, inviting attendees to loosen up and immerse themselves in this novel concept. Those keen to be part of this revolutionary blend of tradition and modernity can secure their spot by booking tickets on TryBooking. The event, open to the public, unfolds over the weekend of the 20th and 21st of April, at El Primo Sanchez,… Read More