GetFoodi Connecting food creators with food lovers www.getfoodi.com.au Can we all just take a moment to admire this wonderful creation? I mean really, that is one SERIOUS cake!
Anchor Milk www.anchordairy.com.au Anchor Milk is redefining the way we look at milk. The company, which launched in Australia in February this year, is the first in Australia to employ the use of microfiltration technology – a unique process which allows the removal of 99 per cent of the bacteria in milk. While unwelcome bacteria in pasteurised milk is not harmful, it can impact the taste and shelf-life of milk. The unique filtration process that Anchor Milk uses results in a beautifully fresh tasting product with a substantially longer shelf-life than normal pasteurised milk (21 days versus the typical 15 day shelf-life of regular milk).
Carmine’s Bistro Location: 234 Lygon Street, Carlton Contact: 03 8658 3442 http://www.carminesbistro.com.au Carmine’s Bistro is hidden in plain sight, sat amongst the sea of restaurants along Lygon street. Perhaps it is the familiarity and ubiquity afforded by this stretch of little Italy that makes it hard to stand out. It can be hard to be a flamingo amongst a ‘pat’ (yes I had to look that one up).
I am constantly astounded by the quality and diversity of food that is offered in Melbourne. Having recently returned from travelling and working overseas (where I had the pleasure of dining at quite a few Michelin-starred restaurants), I can comfortably say that Melbourne offers some of the best restaurants and cafes in the world, which, believe it or not, I much preferred over their Michelin-starred counterparts. This past month I have been very ‘busy’ re-acquainting my palette with Melbourne food. Here are a few favourites that I’d happily eat at (over and over) again: Hinoki Japanese Pantry Location: 279 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 0065 Contact: 03 9417 4531 Fonda Mexican Location: 248 Swan Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Contact: 03 9429 0085 Jinda Thai Location: 7 Ferguson St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Contact: 03 9419 5899
Nestled snug next to a Land Rover mechanic and an artisan wood-crafter, down a quiet laneway is Lygon’s latest Cafe. The brainchild and dream of Mike Cracknell, a man who just about bleeds espresso, Vertue is a welcome sanctuary for the pursuers of fine bean and nosh.
Providence Location: 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9240 7055 A few weeks ago we attended the launch of a rather endearing cafe in Carlton called Providence, which involved an intimate sit-down breakfast with Head Chef Cate Hardman. Cate and the team behind Providence cafe show a deep passion for featuring seasonal ingredients and celebrating produce from Victoria’s farmers markets, with ingredients sourced locally from Carlton’s Farmers’ Markets just around the corner. Throughout the entire event we had the pleasure of hearing from producers from Gamze Bacon and Smallgoods, Gundowring Ice-cream and Cocktaoo Grove Olive Oil – producers whose products make a prominent feature on the Providence menu. It was inspiring to hear about each producers’ craft and why they love what they do.
Green Park Dining Location: 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North, VIC 3054 Contact: 03 9380 5499 The former premises of St Ali North, which closed its doors last September, is now occupied by the newly opened Green Park Dining; a mammoth operation that serves up the goods (bar included) from dawn ’til dusk. The space is absolutely huge – expect to be greeted by colourful bunting on the lawn out front & various cosy seating options within. Then there’s that cabinet to the front showcasing numerous sweets from Park Street Pastries (not joking when I say that I had a hard time not trading these in for brekkie).
Pidapipo Location: 222 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 0422 004 750 With the turn to sweltering heat and Summer days, Carlton has thrown us a bit of a lifeline, with the pop-up Pidapipo gelateria store opening up last month. The gelato test lab is open for this Summer only, and is the brainchild of Lisa Valmorbida, a Carpigiani Gelato University graduate and master of experimental gelato flavours. The launch night was hectic as ever, packed from the store to the street with one big family of gelato-lovers and media personnel. Apart from some enticing flavours on offer, there was plenty of aperol spritz to go around, and the boys from DOC also came over to serve up some mini pizza favourites. Bless.
Gelato World Tour Location: Argyle Square, Lygon Street from 25th-27th October 2013 We made our way down to gelato heaven this week (aka the Gelato World Tour in Argle Square) to sample some incredible talent. Eight cities in 5 continents were chosen to showcase their local gelato specialists as part of the world tour: Rome, Valencia, Dubai, Shanghai, Austin, San Paulo, Berlin and Melbourne. Up to sixteen gelato artisans are selected for each stage and they compete for the best flavours, combining tradition and innovation, with all of the artisans vying for a place in the grand final in Italy in September 2014.
Trotters Location: 400 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9347 5657 I wandered into here by accident – on a early weekday morning, Trotters managed to be the only one in the vicinity (apart from Brunetti) that was open. Open entering, I was pleasantly surprised how hip and absolutely huge Trotters Bistro was – the restaurant is expansive, and lined with wooden boards and signs all over the walls. It’s a funky place, and a great venue to sip away at coffee and lounge around in.
Stovetop Location: 100 Leicester St Carlton, VIC 3053 Opening hours: Monday — Friday 7am — 5pm / Saturday — Sunday 8am — 4pm Contact: (03) 9347 2010 / INFO@STOVETOP.COM.AU Stovetop is looking more and more dangerous by the minute. e made two trips to Stovetop over consecutive days last week, and we’re far from being sick of it.
Helados Jauja Location: 254 Lygon Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9041 2927 We were immediately drawn to Helados Jauja by the constant stream of lickers crowding around its quaint facade. One look at the list of intriguing flavours etched into the blackboard at the front, and we knew that we’d be in for a treat.
Cucina di Esposito Location: 162 Elgin St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9347 9838 Cucina di Esposito is all class. Nestled in Elgin Street, the suave Italian restaurant is decked out with glossy artworks, pristine white table cloths, and authentic Italian fare; a combo which has seen its owner in the business for over 20 years.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Briscola Espresso & Pannini Bar Location: 157 Pelham Street, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9347 3636 A quick stop at Briscola for a healthy brekkie of fruit salad.
Stovetop Location: 100 Leicester Street, Carlton, 3053 Opening hours: Monday — Friday 7am — 5pm / Saturday — Sunday 8am — 4pm Contact: (03) 9347 2010 / INFO@STOVETOP.COM.AU Stovetop is equal parts and chic and relaxed. And with great coffee, great food & and a great location, it’s the ideal place for students to obtain a sense of tranquillity.
Haymarket Place Location: 212 Berkeley St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9347 8228 I’m loving the variety that’s been sweeping through the Carlton arena, and with Haymarket Place being yet another quirky addition to the morning mix, we really are spoilt for choice.
Middle Fish Address: 122-128 Berkeley St, Carlton, VIC 3053 Contact: 03 9348 1704 Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm I absolutely adore the fit out at Middle Fish and its hip brother, Mr. Nice Guy.
Serving the same classic Italian menu that we experienced at DOC Mornington earlier this year, DOC Carlton delivers addictive pizzas using excellent produce and that roaring pizza oven, all in the confines of its simple, contemporary setting in Drummond Street.
This week in sweets – a trip to La Belle Miette for Melbourne’s best macarons, and chocolate fixes from Le Petit Gateau and Brunetti.
Seven Seeds’s façade is an unassuming wall of grey brick, with the cherry-red sign splashed right across the front.
A cosy pizza and pasta joint off Lincoln Square, Kaprica’s wooden doors and plain walls are unmarked and nondescript, making it harder to spot for those walking briskly by.