We’re almost there, into the last working week of the year. Christmas events are running wild, the belt has gone down a notch, and it’s all looking pretty grim for the summer bod.
This article will not help in that regard. Here are all the morsels of food news in Melbourne you may have missed this week.
- Chapel Street’s Woods Of Windsor has just launched a new cocktail menu. Expect secret books containing flasks, smoky teapot cocktails, pipes, and alcoholic perfume. Wild.
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is getting into the spirit of Christmas in a way only Heston can. The Christmas-themed cocktail flight features the Pineapple 75 (caramel cognac, pineapple, verjus, Champagne), Cascara Wine (Vermouth, cascara, star anise, tangerine peel), Bourbon, Barley Butter, Apple Cordial Lambswool (bourbon, barley butter, apple cordial), along with a couple of snacks in the duck and beetroot crackers, and scotched quail’s egg. It’s $80 per person and available from 5:30pm every day.
- If you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas or something for the work KK, look no further than Koko Black’s pop-up at 220 Collins Street. The pop-up features the whole Christmas range from Koko Black along with Christmas-themed messages.
- Forget the Christmas ham and cloves this year, because Fancy Hank’s has got Christmas lunch sorted with their take-home Christmas brisket packs. Grab a 1kg or 2kg piece of smoked beef brisket with your choice of Fancy Hank’s Original BBQ, or Fancy Hank’s hot sauces for $110 - $220 depending on the size. The brisket is black pepper-rubbed, and they come vacuum-sealed with instructions on how to serve.
- Melbourne institution Brunetti has launched a Spritz menu for their Flinders Lane location with 12 different flavours. Choose from the likes of the “ero” Spritz made with Fabbri Marendry and black gum, or the “ioletta” made with Fabbri Violetta.
- Zeus Street Greek has launched a summer menu to help get you through the warmer months. Check out the Apollo pita with pork neck, pickled cucumber, tomato, baby cos, and house-made mustard mayo, or the Cousin Nikki pita with a lightly fried zucchini felafel, roasted red cap, baby cos, tomato, onion, paprika, and eggplant dip among many other delicious additions.
- Gelato bar Pidapippo has launched a new sundaes range in their CBD store. There are four unique flavours on the “Coppa Gelato” menu including the banana split, ultra fragola, classico, and caramel malt.
- If you’re looking for a big feed over the break, get into Bluebonnet in East Brunswick. They’re serving up a bottomless barbecue for just $65 per person (excluding drinks), that will offer up a free-flowing supply of slow-cooked brisket, ribs, sausages, sides, and more. Seatings run for 2 hours, and bookings are advised.
- Cargo in Docklands is doing more good this year for Melbourne’s less fortunate. For the fifth year running they will close their doors to regular guests and feed approx. 300 of Melbourne’s homeless. This year they’re partnering with Pay A Sack Forward to help raise money for survival sacks to be given out to help out beyond Christmas Day, you can donate via their Go Fund Me page here.
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Image credit: Koko Black