A Moveable Feast: This Week In Food – September 23
COOMBE ON DOWN – Remember Dame Nellie Melba’s house? Well, now it is Coombe Yarra Valley – home to a cellar door and stunning restaurant/cafe. They’ve just launched a Food and Wine Flight experience called “Petite Degustation” in the Cellar Door – basically a selection of four of their finest wines paired with carefully curated regional bites think 2015 Pinot Noir matched with local quail, beetroot coulis, black pudding and parsley coulis. Unbelievable value at $25 for four tastings with matching dishes. http://coombeyarravalley.com.
PARK IT RIGHT HERE – Carlton’s Green Park has had a re-boot – the new Park Street Dining is still a fabulous community-feel cafe during the day, with fab brunch items joined by lunch offerings including a pie or house-made pasta of the day, and fresh, ever-changing salad options. At night though, locals have scored themselves a pasta joint – a great Italian menu with seriously fun sounding ciccheti (think Italian tapas). www.parkstreetdining.com.au
‘ATTA BOY – Tell you what, the new flavour of the month in Melbourne is Indian. We had Piquancy pop up in Hawthorn, then Bhang in Brunswick, and the new kid on the block is Atta in Albert Park. These are great, modern flavours in a gorgeous setting. Do not leave without trying the Murgh Tikka or the Sikadari Raan. www.attarestaurant.com.au
SCHOOL HOL SHOUT-OUT – Want some foodie fun for the kids for the holidays? The Langham has you covered. First, the fabulous Melba restaurant will have a “Kid’s Corner: every weekday lunch from Monday 25 Sept until Friday 6 Oct – htere’s be child-friendly dishes like bear-shaped sushi, bite-sized cheeseburgers and spag bol in a bag. Kids aged 4-12 dine for $29.50. Plus, for a real treat, don’t miss the Barbie High Tea at the Aria Lounge – from sweet macarons and daisy muffins to ruffle cupcakes and Barbie bow cookies, the menu is full of fashion-inspired treats that are on trend in a palette of pastel hues. www.melbarestaurant.com.au or www.ariabar.com.au
FOOTY FREE-FOR-ALL – Another option for the granny – newly opened The Cliveden Bar & Dining has you covered with a Grand Final Footy Lovers Buffet, and 64 inch TV screens to watch the action. Just a stone’s throw away from The G at the Pullman on the Park, you can enjoy classics like: ‘The G Roast Roll’ – a tribute to the classic MCG Beef Roll we all know and love; Mini Wagyu beef burgers & BBQ Merguez sausages. The buffet is just $39.50pp, and you can get all-inclusive beer, wine and soft drinks for an extra $30 pp. Available from 11.00am on Grand Final Day. https://theclivedenbaranddinin
NOOSA NOTES – I spent last weekend in Noosa, a couple of quick tips – for breakfast, get away from the Hastings St havoc and brunch in Noosa Junction at 32East; and for a brand new option, the crew who used to run very popular Gaston have just opened Bombetta – casual Italian eatery and bar. https://32east.com.au/ http://www.bombetta.com.au/