News

“Lotus Root” Radish & Cheese Dumpling

Jade Temple – Sydney

Saturday 28th October is gearing up to be a real treat for food and wine lovers, with a Special Customer Yum Cha Lunch at Sydney’s Jade Temple.

There will be plenty of experience on hand when it comes to the pairing of wines with Cantonese food, including dumplings. Jade Temple Head Sommelier, Gary Armstrong, is the man in the know … and can discuss the specifics of Riesling pairings, including the Kabinett and Spätlese styles, as well as other possible wine matches.

What: Joh. Jos. Prüm yum cha lunch

Details: A selection of dumplings, roast duck and side dishes paired with Kabinett and Spätlese-style Riesling wines by German winemaker Joh. Jos. Prüm

Date: Saturday 28th October, 12.30pm

Where: Jade Temple, 11 Bridge Street, Sydney

Cost: $165 per person

Bookings: http://www.jadetemple.com.au/sydney/reservations/

Crystal Dumpling with Truffled Mushroom
Crystal Dumpling with Truffled Mushroom

MENU

J.J.PRÜM YUM CHA

Sat 28th October 2017

$165 per person

Prawn Har Gow

Pork & Prawn Siu Mai

Crystal Dumpling with Truffled Mushroom

2015 Joh. Jos Prüm Kabinett

Pork Xiao Long Bao with Red Vinegar & Ginger

“Guangdong” with Dried Shrimp, Pork & Chive

“The Stone Pot’’ Pork, Bamboo and Mushroom Seared Bun

“Lotus Root’’ Radish and Cheese Dumpling

2014 Joh. Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett

2007 Joh. Jos Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett

Roast Duck with Plum Sauce

Gai Lan with Oyster Sauce

Fried Rice

2014 Joh. Jos Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese

2011 Joh. Jos Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

Molten Duck Egg Custard Bao

2013 Joh. Jos Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Auslese

"The Stone Pot" Pork, Bamboo & M
“The Stone Pot” Pork & Seared Bun
Siu-mai
Siu-mai

Information & Images Courtesy of Jade Temple/Rockpool Dining Group – Rachel Lebihan

————————————————————————————————

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: http://connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: http://www.editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

Wagyu Puff
Wagyu Puff
Water Chestnut Dumpling
Water Chestnut Dumpling
Fashion Aid (297 of 475)

FASHION+AID held their first ever FASHION+AID Sydney event at the exclusive Hyatt Regency last Saturday 14th October, hosted by renowned media icon James Mathison and Real Housewives of Sydney star Melissa Tkautz. 

The night was an infusion of incredible live music and entertainment, alongside show stopping fashion creations making their statement on the runway.

Fashion Aid (300 of 475)Fashion Aid (20 of 475)

Guests dined on a luxurious three-course meal, paired with some of the finest wines available, with the Leukaemia Foundation being this year’s charity beneficiary.

Fashion Aid (278 of 475)Fashion Aid (360 of 475)

After dinner guests were invited to the official ‘after party’ to continue celebrating fashion’s ‘night of nights’.

FASHION+AID’s first year on Sydney’s shores proved to be an historically unforgettable occasion.

**Information & Images Supplied Courtesy of Helen Reizer hrpr

Fashion Aid (176 of 475)Fashion Aid (108 of 475)

Fashion Aid (254 of 475)Fashion Aid (258 of 475)

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

Fashion Aid (73 of 475)Fashion Aid (412 of 475)

Look here for additional FASHION+AID SYDNEY pics…

Continue reading

29th Wednesday's launch (65 of 69)

MELBOURNE – Review of 29th Apartment’s Launch Party of ‘We Love Wednesdays’

Words by Will Hamilton-Coates

Images Courtesy of Keti Kezunovic @29thapartment

It’s Wednesday and you get to work and tell your friends that it’s “hump day” but you don’t do anything about it. Sometimes Wednesday is just that night you work late, don’t go to the gym, and end up watching the Bachelor with your parents. 29th Apartment is out to fix that!

This quirky cocktail lounge has revived Wednesday nights with last week’s launch of “We Love Wednesdays”. This Bar is already well known for its New York apartment style decor with every room accounted for. There are lounge suites where you can play giant Jenga, a ‘fire escape styled’ balcony where the acoustic two piece band are belting out tasty covers, a bathtub, DJ setup, and a pinball machine.

29th Wednesday's launch (54 of 69)

With so much going on it is hard to know where to start. For just $10 entry you can soak up a Wednesday in comfort and New York’n style, with a first complimentary drink and ‘all you can eat pizzas’.

We turn up and sample a well crafted Spicy Fireball cocktail with whiskey, ginger and cinnamon. It’s hard to choose from the list including the New York Rose, that tastes so bitter, sweet and fruity all combined, and the Buffalo Soldier that’s like a boozy salted caramel milkshake. A variety of hand-stretched, authentic Italian pizzas are handed around by genial staff more than welcome to accommodate ‘the hungries’.

WLW1

 It’s definitely easy to feel right at home in this lavish bar. Sounds of laughter fill the space when players nobly lunge for that risky Jenga block only to see it topple. There’s a wall with an image of an old school tv, where a projector blasts all your favourite movies, from  Dirty Harry classics, to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind…that mid 80’s sci fi bouncing with quotes like: “I’m exactly where I wanna be”.

Wednesdays should be a little celebration of what’s behind us, what’s to come, and  reasons to just ‘Love Wednesdays”. 29th Apartment has something for every Wednesday mood. Whether your ‘thing’ is to listen to a rocking live act while sipping a tempting cocktail, or getting all competitive over a game of scrabble, 29th Apartment caters for all. 

29th Wednesday's launch (61 of 69)

**Will Hamilton-Coates was a guest of 29th Apartment and this is an independent account of his experience.

29th Apartmentwww.29thapartment.com.au

@29thapartment

29th Wednesday's launch (64 of 69)

——————————————————————————————————————-

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

————————————————————————————————

**Keti and Steve Thomas also own StoryVille and Pawn and Co.

StoryVille – www.storyvillemelbourne.com.au

@storyvillemelbourne

Pawn and Co.pawnandco.com.au

@pawnandco

ADDITIONAL PICS…

Continue reading

El Camino Cantina - Group Photos (2)

The Argyle and El Camino Cantina celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead

Sydney – The Argyle – Friday 27th October to Saturday 28th October

Sydney – El Camino Cantina – Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November

Gather at the alters of hedonism at neighbouring late-night destinations The Argyle and El Camino Cantina as they celebrate successive festivals of the dead in the historic hub of The Rocks.

————————————————————————————————————————–

THE ARGYLE

With Halloween on the horizon, The Argyle precinct will transform into The Argyle Asylum from Friday 27th October to Saturday 28th October, with tricks and treats in store for guests.

The Argyle
The Argyle

Two floors, six bars and the cobblestone courtyard will be dramatically themed as an abandoned asylum with roving performers, including fire breathers and stilt walkers mingling with guests. There will be $10 Asylum cocktails each night until 10pm, served in syringes. Try them if you dare!

The Argyle
The Argyle

Thrill seekers who admit themselves to The Argyle Asylum on Friday 27th October will see performances by Jesabel, DJ I-Dee, The Faders and MINX. Guests can go truly insane on Saturday 28th October when the DJ line-up includes Brooklyn, TASS, Yoji and Mike Champion.

Entry is free before 9pm on the guest list.

Join the guest list or buy tickets here.

———————————————————————————————————————

EL CAMINO CANTINA

The rituals and revelry continue at Tex-Mex hangout El Camino Cantina from Tuesday 31st October to Saturday 4th November when there will be Day of the Dead feasting and festivities every day, fuelled by some exclusive tequila-based drinks.

El Camino Cantina
El Camino Cantina

Jose Cuervo is crafting the exclusive line-up, including the tequilas behind a $29 taco and tequila flight (three tacos paired with three tequilas) on Tuesday 31st October, a boilermaker (a beer with a shot of tequila) that pairs with a dozen Buffalo wings for $19 on Wednesday 1st November, Day of the Dead-inspired cocktails available on Friday 3rd November, and a Bloody Maria cocktail that can be included in a Bottomless Brunch package available on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November.

There will also be a lucky door prize every weekday evening of a bottle of Jose Cuervo 1800 Essentials Tequila.

El Camino’s headline event is the Day of the Dead party on Thursday 2nd November, with a mariachi band performing from 6.30pm and a DJ from 8pm. The three-course Fajita Fiesta menu ($49pp) is the star of the show, which is served platter-style for sharing.

View full menu.

Guests can also select from the a la carte menu.

The best Day of the Dead-costumed male and female guest will each win a $50 bar tab. 

Partying continues on Saturday 4th November with another round of prizes for the best costumed guests.

In addition to the exclusive Day of the Dead drinks and events, guests can take advantage of El Camino’s daily special deals, which are always available, including:

·         Happy hour: weekdays from 5pm to 7pm, with $7.50 Margaritas, beers and wine.

·         Taco Tuesday: when tacos are deliciously priced at $2 each

·         Wing Wednesday: with 10-cent buffalo wings on the menu

·         All-you-can-eat Taco Fridays: includes appetisers, infinite tacos and churros, $52pp

·         Bottomless Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm, from $15 with optional bottomless beverage package $19pp

Find more information and menus here.

El Camino Cantina - Group Photos (1) 

Information & Images Courtesy of The Argyle and El Camino Cantina/Rockpool Dining Group -Rachel Lebihan

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

**Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

wlw13

Melbourne’s 29TH APARTMENT SHARES THE LOVE WITH A TASTY SLICE OF NYC CULTURE

Words by Keti Kezunovic

As one of the more titillating and culturally underground venues in all of Australia, 29th Apartment, launched “We Love Wednesdays” last week. Over the last 8 years 29th Wednesdays has grown in popularity and built a loyal following among students and backpackers looking for a night of NYC inspired artwork, music, food and drinks. So, 29th Apartment are sharing the love with their customers and introducing “We Love Wednesdays”, which for just $10 entry includes a drink and ‘all you can eat pizzas’ (free slices of their fantastic hand stretched authentic Italian pizzas) between 8 -10pm, accompanied by live music performances.

WLW1

On the club’s decision to launch their “We love Wednesday’s” Keti Kezunovic said:

“We’ve got a great crowd who love coming to 29th Wednesdays to enjoy our signature handmade pizzas served with a mash up of party anthems and modern house classics… and we just wanted to share the love. With the 11th October launch behind us, we’re looking to build on our already successful format by offering more live music as well as an extra tasty slice of NYC culture. I know that “We Love Wednesdays” will prove to be a huge success and be warmly welcomed by all our customers, old and new alike.”

The Venue

29 Fitzroy St
St Kilda VIC 3182

http://www.29thapartment.com.au

————————————————————————————————————————-

**The Australia Times Gourmet News had a great night at the launch, as a guest of Keti Kezunovic, (who is also  part of our Melbourne team of writers covering food/wine/events).

Information and Images Courtesy of Keti Kezunovic

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

wlw14 wlw15

READ ON FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON 29th APARTMENT… Continue reading

Wine_Island_JT-6130


‘ENJOY A DROP IN THE HARBOUR THIS NOVEMBER WHEN WINE ISLAND RETURNS TO DROP ANCHOR’

Now in its third year, Australia’s most tropical and unique wine festival, Wine Island, returns to Clark Island, Sydney Harbour from Friday 10 November – Sunday 12 November, 2017.

This is the place where you can feel like you’re leaving the city while entering the very heart of it. So, pack your bags, throw away your cares and discover a piece of paradise filled with great wine, food, music, silent discos, masterclasses, treasure hunts and more!

Wine_Island_JT-5527Wine_Island_JT-5547

Your holiday begins aboard the Luxe Estate Bubbles Boats with a glass of sparkling for the short journey over to the island. Once ashore, you’ll sip your way through a selection of over 100 new wave and classic wines from De Lisio, Taylor Made Wines, Yarra Social, 6ft6, Riot Wine Co. and many more. Also making its way back to Wine Island is the world famous Frosé, joined by other delicious wine-based cocktails including an exotic Malbec Sangria and Prosecco Margaritas.

Wine_Island_JT-5632Wine_Island_JT-5690

This exquisite yet relatively untouched piece of paradise is a small island so only a limited number of ‘holiday- makers’ can attend the event – giving Wine Island its famed first-class feel. This also allows for visitors to chat one-on-one to the friendly winemakers, or simply lie back and soak in the view with some of the top drops from around Australia and abroad.

Wine_Island_JT-6690

Ensuring no one goes hungry on this deserted island, Chur will be popping up in paradise to satisfy every foodies dreams. Former fine dining (Assiette, Banc) and award-winning chef Warren Turnbull, the mastermind behind the cult Chur Burger, is curating a bespoke tropical menu of freshly shucked oysters, cheese platters, Hawaiian poke, fish tacos, spit-roasted lamb pitas and of course, his mouth-watering burgers.

Wine_Island_JT-6111

Masterclasses presented by Wine Selectors will have you pairing music with wine in our smash hit of 2016, the Silent Disco Drops, along with Dessert Island where our sweet-toothed holiday-makers will enjoy leading dessert wines with delicious sweets. There’ll also be some Vino Trivia and Cold Blooded Reds to indulge in – it’s the next big wine trend so get the lowdown on the best reds for chillin’ while you’re chillin’ this summer.

Wine_Island_JT-5675Wine_Island_JT-6613

Get ‘Down To Earth’ at the Cracka Wines Club House at Wine Island: a cellar door-meets-day spa experience for holiday-makers. Lie back on day beds and try a range of biodynamic wines whilst getting a foot scrub, then take home a grape vine to plant happy memories until next years’ event rolls around.

Packages to paradise begin at $99 for the 5 Star experience and include your ferry transfers, a glass of sparkling for the journey across, 5 wine tastings, a Wine Island tumbler and access to masterclasses (excluding Dessert Island which can be purchased for an additional $30).

For $199, our 7 Star experience is extra indulgent with ferry transfers, unlimited wine tastings, exclusive access to the 7 Star Bar with a premium viewing point to enjoy a picnic, chow down on a Chur picnic pack, sip top drops and watch the world float by.

Having a taste for the finer things in life, the most exciting addition to 2017 is our Wine Island Superyacht. Guests looking for a 10 Star experience will set sail with friends across the harbour in luxury before dropping anchor on Wine Island. Once ashore, the superyacht will form a base for private masterclasses and exclusive culinary experiences. Starting at $399 per head, guests will enjoy all that comes with living a life of luxury from cheese & oyster bars and canapés throughout the entire event (also catered by Warren Turnbull) unlimited wine tastings, access to 7 Star Bar and exclusive gift bag. Limited tickets are available.

Wine_Island_JT-644831357176491_758bf96b48_b

ON SALE NOW AT:  http://www.wineisland.com.au                                                 
For more information on ticket inclusions, please refer to the Wine Island website.
Instagram & Twitter: @wine_island
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WineIslandFestival

#wineisland

—————————————————————————————————————-

*Wine Island 2015 was awarded the title of Best New Event 2015 by Concrete Playground (www.concreteplayground.com)

  • Wine Island 2016 won the Experiential Award for Best Festival by the Plus Ones & The Socialites

—————————————————————————————————————————

Information and Images Courtesy of Wine Island/The Modern Society Agency

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

**Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

Wine_Island_JT-6729

IMG_4011

Nena and Pasadena Launch Party…

Words by Keti Kezunovic

Images Courtesy of ZS Design- additonal images Keti Kezunovic & Sam Tabone

Nena & Pasadena launched their Flagship Melbourne store last week in the fine company of flowing champagne, pacy tunes and of course their labelled NXP streetwear, a nod to their philosophy of freedom and chasing life adventures.

IMG_3907-2 copyIMG_3989

The launch of the Melbourne store featured their new collection, along with their famous flight pant, which has gained cult-like status amongst its wearers.

IMG_3840

This innovative fashion label, created by a group of best friends in 2010, is now appreciated by a range of iconic retailers both in Australia and around the globe. 

Nena and Pasadena.  Streetwear ‘created for freedom’.

http://nenaandpasedena.com

IMG_4196IMG_3931

Footnote:

There were a number of high profile guests soaking up the launch party vibes, including:

Campbell Brown (AFL)

Kurt Coleman (model)

Kylie Gulliver (model)

Leigh Montagna  (AFL)

Kieran Collins (AFL Western Bulldogs) & Cara Gates (Model)

Koby Stevens  (AFL St Kilda/Model)

Tahan Lew (BB / Model)

Stephanie Dixon  (The Bachelor & Model)

Sarah Maree-Cameron  (Fox FM)

Sarah Czarnuch (Model)

Sam Ludeman (The Voice)

Montana Farrah Seaton (model)

IMG_3851 IMG_4358

 ——————————————————————————————————————–

**Keti was a guest of Helen Reizer hrpr

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E:  connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: http://www.editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

READ ON FOR ADDITIONAL PICS…

Continue reading

Diawali - Dandenong Market 2

Event this Sunday – Melbourne!


Dandenong Market will host its second Diwali Family Day on Sunday 22 October as part of the annual Hindu festival that celebrates good fortune, family, friendships and the belief that good will triumph evil.

The free community event is one of Dandenong Market’s most popular – with attendance figures expected to reach over 27,000. The festival will offer a pop-up food bazaar, vibrant entertainment and plenty of kid’s activities making it the ultimate family day out.

babajiskitchen-Instagram-5

An additional 12 Indian street-food vendors and food trucks have been added to the existing 200-strong market stall line-up, including Babaji’s Kitchen (South Indian Pancakes), Bombay Bitez (Mumbai Street Food), Delhi Bites (Tandoori Chicken and Biryani), Taka Taka (Sri Lankan Street Food) and Tibetan Momo Kitchen (Authentic Tibetan).

14089164_1730034353928500_6220493152271932268_n

Entertainment will include live performances all day from market favourites Bollydazzlers, Sikander and The Fifths. Free henna hand art and turban styling will also be on offer.

20604705_1454593234619942_2114637256321238442_n

Jennifer Hibbs, General Manager of Dandenong Market, says the Diwali Family Day is a key highlight in the market’s extensive calendar and showcases the diversity of the community who shop and work at Dandenong Market.

“Being the most multicultural market in Melbourne, we love celebrating important cultural events including our Diwali Day Festival. This year we have really stepped it up a notch.

“Diwali Family Day one of our most popular events and we invite food lovers and families to pay us a visit during the festivities and discover the Market’s unique offering in Indian, Sri Lankan and Tibetan and Asian cuisine,” said Hibbs.

kulfibar-Instagram-11

Event information

What: Diwali Family Day at Dandenong Market
Date: Sunday 22 October, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong

Cost: Free Entry

Parking: Parking is free for the event


Dandenong Market:
http://dandenongmarket.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DandenongMarket

——————————————————————————————

Information & Images Courtesy of Kate & Co/Hayley Edwards

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

W: editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

READ ON FOR INFO ON DANDENONG MARKET plus additional pics…

     13576746_602723049905908_26520019901999366_oDiawali - Dandenong Market 5 Continue reading

Naked Life range flat lay bright (1)

NAKED DRINKING…here we come Summer!

    Sugar free and 100% natural option set to shake up the soft drink industry

Anyone trying to live a healthier life knows that one of the first treats to be shunned is soft drink – but it can be one of the most difficult to give up. Trying to find a tasty, refreshing beverage when you’re trying to give up sugar and artificial additives isn’t easy, and it’s a challenge long shared by the rising number of diabetics and allergy-sufferers around the country.

Responding to this gap in the market, and the needs of all of these groups is Naked Life Sparkling. Guaranteeing healthier – but still delicious – times ahead for Australians, the sugar free and 100% natural soft drink launches nation wide just in time for summer. With just 9 calories or less per bottle, Naked Life finally packs all the flavour of a soft drink without any of the usual sugars or additives. Which means if you’re mixing up a gin & tonic with Naked Life Sparkling at your next BBQ, you’ll literally consume 17 times less calories than if you use a standard tonic water. Summer bodies here we come!

Created to respond to a family member’s fructose intolerance, this premium soft drink ensures that finally there is a healthy soft drink choice that not only tastes great, but is also suitable for diabetics and allergy sufferers. The range offers four unique flavours each with a sparkle of difference, including Ginger with Pomegranate, Lemonade with Cucumber, Lemon Citrus Squash and Natural Cola.  Perfect alone or as a party mixer, a variety of natural extracts such as lemon, lemon zest, lime, mint, cucumber, ginger, and pomegranate are used to create a completely natural soft drink that still packs a massive punch of taste.

Naked Life Sparkling is a 100% natural blend of Stevia extract, Monk fruit extract, and erythritol (derived from fermenting starches in fruit and vegies) that gives a flavour profile just like sugar. All of the products are low GI and can be safely consumed by the diabetic community – of which there is an estimated 1.7 million Australians, with 280 new cases of diabetes developing every day, a key reason that Naked Life is now stocked in major hospital cafes around the country.

David Andrew, Director of Naked Life Sparkling, says, “We are very excited to launch Naked Life Sparkling to help to return choice to not only health conscious Australians, but importantly for those Aussies who thought they’d never be able to enjoy soft drinks again due to health concerns.”

http://www.nakedlifesparkling.com.au/ 

IMG_1745_Fotor

Information & Images Courtesy of Evil Twin PR

—————————————————————————————————————————-

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au 

 Whttp://www.editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag

PLEASE CREDIT 2017 JIM LEE PHOTO

Melbourne – The Hof Downtown Relaunch

Words by Celeste Iuliano

Images Courtesy of Jim Lee & Thomas Bindley

Celeste headed to the Relaunch gig at Melbourne’s The Hof Downtown last week and tucked into Bavarian beer and bretzels…and as the pics suggest, a whole lot more!

October is officially underway with Melburnians plunging into the spirit of Oktoberfest! What better time could there be for the relaunch of The Hof Downtown? The German bar and restaurant is the trendy little sister of Melbourne institution The Hofbräuhaus. Perched in the heart of the Docklands, The Hof was abuzz with footy fans and the after-work crowd before forced to close for flood renovations in March.

 

Thomas Bindley
Thomas Bindley
 2017 JIM LEE
2017 JIM LEE

That same festive atmosphere was definitely present at the reboot last week, when I turned up to find the party in full swing. With one foot barely in the door, I predictably gravitated to the giant wall of bretzels, warm and chewy – a dream come true – and made sure to grab a stein of weissbier to wash mine down. The Hof boasts ten imported Bavarian boutique beers on tap so, of course, I took the opportunity to follow it up with a dark weissbier for comparison. It smelt surprisingly like toffee!

 2017 JIM LEE
2017 JIM LEE
Thomas Bindley
Thomas Bindley

The evening’s menu showcased the hearty German fare and European-inspired staples that The Hof is known for. Rich chicken liver pâté and cheeses, crispy schnitzel and lemon wedges, beef consommé served with style in a shot glass, salmon with mint and roe, fresh oysters, and flourless chocolate cake to finish. My favourite dish was the mixed skewer of grilled, traditional sausages. A mini version of the sausage platter (yes, there are that many types of German sausages!), it features two types of bratwurst and a kasekrainer. Be sure to have a serviette on hand, though – the kasekrainer is filled with liquid cheese, and things can get a little messy!

 

Thomas Bindley
Thomas Bindley

Bavarian beer halls are famed meeting grounds for friends, and The Hof’s regular menu certainly encourages a sharing culture. If you head over for lunch or dinner, you can tackle the 1.5kg roast pork knuckle with sauerkraut and mashed potato or the käsespätzle, rich, baked egg noodles with cheese.

Considering the lively vibe, you may even make some new friends to help you out.

 

Prost!

PLEASE CREDIT 2017 JIM LEE PHOTO
2017 JIM LEE
 2017 JIM LEE
2017 JIM LEE

————————————————————————————-

**Celeste was a guest of Helen Reizer hrpr/The Hof Downtown

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

E: literallyconnie@gmail.com

E: connie.lambeth@theaustraliatimes.com.au

www.editorcsl.com

Follow us on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tatgourmetmag  

MORE PICS…

Continue reading