Lunchtime Entertainment & Tastings 12.30pm – 1.30pm Monday 26 – Friday 30 June

A welcome new addition to Melbourne’s cosmopolitan culinary scene, 360 Collins is opening seven in-demand eateries for city workers with a recent multi-million dollar extension of the 360 Collins site, linking Collins Street to a bustling section of Little Collins Street between Elizabeth and Queen Streets.


 Hand-picked to provide options which are both delicious and diverse, 360 Collins will house some of the best quality affordable dining options for city workers on-the-go, seven days a week. Taking up residency in the new development are popular food retailers Earl Canteen, Poked, Sushi & Nori, PappaRich, Code Black and the new Billy’s Lane – sister venue to Lonsdale St’s Little Billy – as well as 8bit’s first fully licensed venue, their largest to date. The eateries are opening their doors from June onwards. Two new premium retail concepts will also launch later in the year near the Collins Street entry foyer.

What: 360 Collins launches precinct of seven eateries, with a launch week of free entertainment from Circus Oz, special tastings and VIP offers. Attendance is free.

 When: lunchtime entertainment and tastings from 12:30pm-1:30pm, Monday 26 – Friday 30 June

 Where: Between Little Collins Street and 360 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000. Opposite McKillop Street.

 Ongoing trading will see the 360 Collins plaza open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Information Courtesy of Fuller PR

Image Courtesy of 8bit

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events

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What better way to have spent the Queen’s Birthday long weekend than eating, drinking and horsing around at the recent Fitzroy Street Queen’s Birthday Street Party! This right royal event in Fitzroy Street transformed into a royal affair! The celebrations commenced with the grand arrival of Her Majesty the Queen hailing on a horse and carriage which travelled from St Kilda Sea Baths to Fitzroy Street.


 Along the famous strip there were roving street entertainment including musicians, fire twirlers, circus acts and drag queens, plus an honourable salute from the Royal British Guards, bagpipes, stilt walkers and a special appearance from Her Majesty (An impersonator of course!)


 To continue the celebrations into the night, the official “Queen’s Birthday After Party” kicked off at Robarta, where they served up a special Queen’s Cocktail for the royal occasion. Meanwhile a great line up of DJs throughout the night entertained party goers.


  There was plenty to feast on throughout the day along Fitzroy Street, including Valerie Patisserie for a croissant and coffee, Texan sized toasties at Misery Guts, Indian food at Babu Ji, and classic French cuisine at Embassy 97. Claypots Seafood Express offered the freshest fish as always, and the iconic Italian restaurants Topolino’s and Leo’s were on point with their warm hospitality.  Whiskey lovers stopped by at St LuJa, and there were more cocktail specials to be had at Girl Next Door, 29th Apartment, Acland Street Cantina, St Hotel, and Metropol. And for the beer lovers? Freddie Wimpole’s, The Fifth Province, the POW Kitchen and Prince Bandroom catered to this most royal of occasions!

 No doubt this was one grand old time at the Fitzroy Street Queen’s Birthday Street Party!


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Having firmly established themselves as Chippendale’s go-to fast-food eatery for fresh fusion eats, Holy Duck! relaunches this month with a new dinner offering that sees traditional Chinese meals modernised and reimagined.

Continuing to serve up their burgers and rice bowls by day, Holy Duck’s new dinner menu features an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese flavours united with modern Western delights. The new dinner menu of contemporary east meets west cuisine is a product of the combined culinary heritage of chefs Neo Ni, ex Billy Wong and Lotus Dumpling Bar, and Daniel Hu, who comes to Holy Duck! from one of Singapore’s finest French restaurants, Le Saint Julien.

Located within Kensington Street’s Old Rum Store, Holy Duck! is a joint effort between the father of Chippendale’s funkiest dining precinct, Dr. Stanley Quek and Kaisern Ching, creator of Sydney’s favourite contemporary Chinese joint, Chefs Gallery.

Kaisern Ching said, “We wanted to add a bit of sophistication to our dinner menu while maintaining that fun contemporary twist to Chinese cooking. We’ve carefully reinvented the new dinner menu and made sure that each item packs a punch.”

A scrumptious selection of dinner entrees continues to honour the humble duck, with an irresistible choice of duck, mushroom and vegetable spring rolls ($5), steamed duck and pork dumplings in Shanghainese spicy sauce ($12), and crispy rice balls with roast Holy Duck and seasonal salad ($12).

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While a rice and noodle menu offers up modernised classics including stir fried rice noodles with wagyu beef ($18) and lightly battered king prawns on ee-fu noodles cooked in lobster bisque garnished with butter, ginger shallot and asparagus ($32).

Continuing to bring Chinese BBQ and roast to 21st century Australia, the new dinner menu boasts delicacies like roast Holy Duck deboned, served with 6 steamed pancakes, orange hoisin sauce, cucumber and shallots ($30), and crispy crackling roast pork belly served in a steamed pancake with Prommery mustard, cucumber and shallots ($5 each).

In China, coming together to dine with many is a treasured experience and Holy Duck! pay homage to this tradition with a specially designed menu of shared dishes, including: Sichuan style hot and numbing chicken wings ($20), Pork san choi bao with yellow pickle, chilli, basil and crispies ($20), Sichuan style crispy battered zucchini with a honey dressing ($16) and crispy whole chicken with ginger, coriander, shallot, chilli and garlic, sweet & sour sauce ($30).

To top off your dining experience, the new dessert menu combines Eastern ingredients with Western confections. White chocolate cheesecake stack with salted duck egg caramel ($12), Vanilla ice cream with banana crepe, banana fritters and Adzuki beans ($15) and Tropical coconut sago trifle with palm sugar shavings ($15) all offer sweet relief to a flavour packed dining experience at Holy Duck!

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So get together a group and take flight to Holy Duck! for a fabulous evening filled with good company and great food. It’s sure to be a quackin’ good time!

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Rockpool Dining Group Opens 2nd Burger Project

On the Dining Strip of Edward Street

Rockpool Dining Group and Neil Perry AM will serve their first house-made burgers on the busy shopping and dining strip of Edward Street on Tuesday, 20 June when Burger Project opens in the heart of the CBD. Neil will be in the kitchen from 11am on launch day, manning the burners and steering hundreds of house made burgers into the hands of customers who have eagerly awaited the expansion of the popular burger brand in Brisbane. 

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The group’s twelfth Burger Project in the country, and second in Brisbane, is similar in look and feel to its counterparts, sporting a smart-casual interior designed by leading architect Grant Cheyne.

Ideally located a stone’s throw from the iconic Stock Exchange Hotel, and open until 9pm Sunday to Wednesday and until late Thursday to Saturday, Burger Project Edward Street accommodates 134 diners, including 64 in a stylish outdoor garden terrace overlooking Charlotte Street.

The venue has an eye-catching glass frontage, large open kitchen, and signature murals that pay tribute to the group’s sustainable philosophy and devotion to the highest quality ingredients.

A quick pick-up counter enables customers ordering ahead via the Burger Project app to skip the queue and collect their meal on the run. 

The menu features 14 hand-crafted burgers showcasing 36-month, grass-fed Cape Grim beef from Tasmania, free-range Lilydale chicken, as well as a delicious vegetarian crumbed confit mushroom option.


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This Wednesday 21st June

Not one to do things by halves – as proved by its loud, live music and huge Margaritas served in 24oz glasses – El Camino Cantina in The Rocks, Sydney will have all 11 TVs tuned in and turned up for State of Origin Two on Wednesday, 21 June. Settle in before the big battle between the Maroons and the Blues kicks off and take advantage of Happy Hour with $7.50 Margaritas, craft beer, house tequila and house wine (5-7pm). Fuel up with 10 cent spicy chicken wings (with a 24oz Margarita or chalice of beer purchase), or a Tex-Mex feast: we’re talking tacos, quesadillas, sizzling fajitas, quesadillas, chicken wings and a selection of platter options that are perfect for league-loving groups.

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Looking for something with more of a German beerhaus-come-sports bar vibe? Then look no further than Munich Brauhaus in Sydney and Melbourne, where friendly rugby rivalry will heat up with $1 spicy chicken wings available throughout the game. Kick start the action with Happy Hour drinks ($5 craft beer, wine and house spirits), before savouring hearty Bavarian classic dishes such as schnitzels, pork knuckles and sausages, or one of the new selection of premium meats including smoked BBQ ribs, heritage pork cutlet and aged beef rib sirloin. Clinking steins of beer – imported international favourites as well as locally crafted brews – will ensure it’s a night of good cheer.


Enjoy the same Bavarian hospitality and live game screening at all eight local Bavarian Bier Cafés in Sydney and Brisbane, and The Bavarians in Sydney.

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Located at the intersection of regional roads to Pazin, Kanfanar, Svetvincenat and Labin, Zminj is a small town in Istria, Croatia.

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Zminj Library is a most beautiful historic house in town. There I met librarian and dedicated poet Nada Galant.

Over the years, Galant published four books of her poems written in Zminj Chakavian dialect, a dialect only use by a community of less than 4,000 people.

National Geographic report Enduring Voices says, “By 2100, more than half of the 7,000 languages spoken on Earth – many of them not yet recorded – may disappear…”

DANAS JE TA DAN is one of Nada’s poems loved by her daughter Ana Galant, a student of Comparative Literature and big fan of mom.

I asked Ana for a literal translation of DANAS JE TA DAN into English.

Here is the beautiful Nada – Ana Duo

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Today is the day – by Nada Galant / English translation by Ana Galant

If there is any whole pocket left,

We should unfold it and stack

In front of us everything that’s in it

Today is the day

(breadcrumbs will be good for the birds, everything else – we can do without)

Today is the day

If we could only find the doors through

which we passed so cursorily

Then we could go back, not backwards,

to slowly and thoroughly,

From scratch,

Be a child, a grandchild, a friend…

Be everything once again

Not so much to change things,

But to slowly be and not run away

Today is that day,

And where was I looking?


To read a copy of the untranslated poem, you may contact Sindy Chan at

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PURE SOUTH DINING – BAR + KITCHEN opens downstairs


Pure South Dining has been a fine dining institution for 13 years. Following their recent renovation and expansion over two levels, the river level of the restaurant has now been reimagined as P.S. Bar + Kitchen.

In what may be the best people-watching spot in the city, P.S. Bar + Kitchen is situated on the river level opposite the Southgate foot bridge overlooking the Yarra River, Melbourne city and promenade. The all-day-eatery is the more casual version of its fine dining sister upstairs. P.S. Bar + Kitchen is the answer to unplanned eating and drinking at anytime, whilst still showcasing the same Tasmanian produce that Pure South Dining is renowned for. The menu ranges from breakfast and lunch to afternoon snacks and dinner.

Pure South’s Phillip Kennedy says of the space, “Tens of thousands plod by the huge open window-walls through the week, but the weekend vibe kicks it up a gear. We are loving the changing moods of the space throughout the day.”

Pure South Dining continues to foster direct relationships with artisan farmers, fishermen and producers on King Island, Flinders Island and Tasmania. The team travels south regularly to find the best produce and to build the relationships and what better way to do that then to have their boots on the ground.

Executive Chef David Hall headed up a Michelin Star kitchen in the UK and continues to weave his culinary magic with premium produce at Pure South Dining and now P.S. Kitchen + Bar. Pure South Dining has been a ‘hatted’ restaurant in the last three Good Food Guides and for most of the last 13 years.


P.S. Bar + Kitchen is open from 7:00am until late Monday – Friday and 8:00am until late on weekends and public holidays.


P.S. Bar + Kitchen, River Level Southgate Melbourne. GR2/3 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006


Bookings are available and walk-ins welcome. For bookings call +61 3 9699 4600

Information & Image Courtesy of Pure South Dining/Fuller PR

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events


Naturally Good Expo Sydney

6 June 2017

Words & Images by Daria Kill

It was evident upon entering the Naturally Good Trade Expo at the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre, things would never be the same. I was greeted with a larger-than-life sign advertising toothpaste, distributors seemingly keen to get their whitening miracle into the world – a sample of which was to be found in the calico gift-bags hanging on stands at the entry. And why not, I say! – but mud and charcoal toothpaste? A parade of honeys, granolas, and milks – camel and the more controversial raw, every-purpose teas, macro and organic chocolates, vegan and gluten-free caramels, nut-free fruits, and salts – from the Dead Sea infused with gold or even to use as a cooking hotplate!

The assortment of stands was astounding and endless.  I took it as a sign of things to come, and before too long it was obvious that that temptress who’d seduced us with her ruffles and curves, and promises of health and vitality, was to be usurped by the new kids on the block. Oh darling kale! How we’ve loved you! But we’re a fickle lot, us health-conscious, eco-aware, organic-vegan-gluten-free-egg-free-dairy-free, non-GMO, paleo-loving consumers! Your frills of emerald, ground into smoothies or baked into crisps are no match for the fleshy tempting, smooth and glossy bulbs that have found their way into our whole-food loving consciousness. TURMERIC HAS ARRIVED! And it was everywhere! Piles of bright orange and fiery red, full fresh, dried and ground; promising that I could drink you in a latte, eat you in a protein ball, or play with you as a face mask – the possibilities for the turmeric revolution are endless! Turmeric is the new super-food, and ably held its own along with the coconuts – oils for cooking, drinking and rubbing; crisps for munching; and yes, even in my new tube of activated charcoal toothpaste! Hold your tubers high, turmeric, you belong there, and a fine health-food rival you made alongside the hemp proteins, activated almonds, and kombuchas.


But your greatest rival of all is our perennial favourite – PEANUT BUTTER! Were there peanut butters! Organic, powdered, chocolate-flavoured, and macro-friendly.


I left the extraordinary selection of 450+ exhibitors and thousands of visitors, warmed with a new-found love and promise for a spicy future with peppery-keen turmeric; but still happy in the knowledge that the more things seem to change, the more they stay the same!

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events

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To celebrate the World Gin Day Waterslide will be be offering 10% off their extensive Gin range. Have it on the rocks, straight or with a mixer. Gin lovers, you have been served!


2.00pm Saturday 10 June


Shop MR3 Mid Level East End, Southgate Melbourne, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, Victoria 3006

How much:            

10% off Waterslide Bar’s Gin range


To book visit the Waterslide website  – Walk-ins welcome



HOPHAUSFleisch Festival

A German Meat Festival in the heart of Melbourne

 Roasted, fried, seared and skewered! This Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Hophaus are hosting their very first SausageFest to celebrate the Wurst (and all other cuts meat).

Join the all you can eat meat feast with a selection of German Tap Biers and Wine for only $60 per person. 

Feast on mini Bratwurst & Kransky sausages served canapé style in buns, lamb and chicken skewers, pulled pork buns, beef sliders, Bitterballen and lamb ribs. Stop by the many food stations with Hophaus’ Rotisserie Carvery of Lamb Shoulder, Beef Rump, Chicken, Suckling Pork and save some room for the Sausage Station and Salad Bar.

Wash it all down with the drinks package that includes all tap bier; Bitburger Pilsner, Budvar Pilsner, Früh Kölsch, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Hophaus Apfel Cider, Konig Ludwig Dunkel and wines that include sparkling, white & red currently offered by the glass. 

Live German Oompah Band ‘Black Forest’ Entertainment and traditional games including Hammerschlagen, some Bretzel tossing will keep revellers in high spirits.

Join the Hophaus Crew and dig out your Lederhosen & Dirndls and get into the festivities. Lasst uns Party machen! Let’s Party! Prost!


6:30pm to 8:30pm Sunday 11 June Queens Birthday Eve


Hophaus German Bar & Grill, Mid Level, Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank VIC 3006

How much:            

$60 per person


Book Online Now or call 03 9682 5900


Information Courtesy of Fuller PR/Southgate Restaurants

Images Courtesy of Waterslide Bar & Hophaus German Bar & Grill

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet – Food/Wine/Events


Words by Sumaiya Rizvi

Photos Courtesy of FoodService Australia

Includes Chef of the Year, Savour Patissier of the Year, Australian Pizza Championships, Australian selection for the Bocuse d’Or, Australian Seafood Summit, National Restaurant Conference.

Foodservice Australia 2017 brought together the hospitality industry of Australia, hosting a premier exhibition and show at the Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building on the 28th, 29th and 30th of May.

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Foodservice Australia, deemed the most exciting industry event of the year, featured over 250 exhibitors, 25 free workshops, four elite chef competitions, two major conferences, and literally thousands of new products and ideas.

 This is the only trade show focused on the hospitality industry, showcasing the ‘best and the latest’ to both the restaurant and catering sector. Annually, buyers and suppliers from around Australia converge to discover and learn about the latest trends in dining and be inspired by leaders and legends of the trade.

 Event Director Tim Collett deemed the show a huge success, stating:

“We had an amazing range of exhibitors and special events, and that helped to draw a record crowd. It was incredibly exciting to see it all come together. The show floor had a real buzz and exhibitors tell us they were doing solid business”.

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