29 January, 2015

Fifty Acres

Fifty Acres is what I like to call suave - charming, confident, and elegant. Designed by Sue Palmer from Liquid Creativity and Georgia Nowak and Dhiren Das from Tone and Co, the fit out is simple, sleek and sophisticated. Found on the far end of Bridge road, Fifty Acres is the perfect spot to hit up after shopping up a storm.

Myself, I skip the shopping and kept my eyes on the prize. I head straight to Fifty Acres to meet up with the lovely Eve from Evelovelle for brunch.


Chorizo Scotch Eggs

I must say, cutting into a perfectly cooked egg must be one of life’s simple pleasures. But to bundle all that joy with the king of sausages, chorizo ? That my friend is a game-changer. The end result is a golden orb of beauty - gorgeously soft, velvety and meaty. Finished with avocado wedges, fresh spinach leaves, creamy seeded mustard mayo and a generous dose of sharp manchego cheese, I can say confidently that with no hesitation would I happily go through fifty acres for this, again and again.

Yoghurt Panna Cotta

Eve chose to go for a much lighter dish with her Yoghurt Panna Cotta. Surrounded by a forest of fresh fruits and toasted muesli, the panna cotta was velvety smooth, creamy and delightfully wobbly. Wobble wobble.

Simply put, Fifty Acres ticked all the right boxes and only furthers my love for Richmond. Joining the likes of Top Paddock, Kong BBQ, Pillar of Salt, Jinda Thai, and Three Bags Full... the list is never-ending. 3121 is where it’s at.

Fifty Acres
65 Bridge Road
Richmond, VIC 3121

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24 January, 2015

Royal Croquet Club

The Royal Croquet Club has transformed the banks of the Yarra below Fed Square. Complete with a giant croquet pitch, DJs, bars with plenty of Pimms, tennis on the big screen and food curated by Broadsheet, there is everything to like about this place.

Food wise, we're talking Meatmother, MissChu, Mr Claws and DOC, serving up an innovative range of tantalising dishes, with St ALi and Gelato Messina sweetening the deal. 

Crispy Hanoi Vegetarian Net Spring Rolls

Light and crispy, Miss Chu's spring rolls were an excellent starter to the night.

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Chunky Spicy Lobster Roll

Chunky Buttermilk Lobster Roll

Reunited with Mr Claws, we devoured not just one, but three of these succulent lobster rolls. Toasted soft brioche buns filled with sustainably fished lobster meat with a a choice of three dressings: miso wasabi, Sriracha-spiced mayonnaise or buttermilk ranch. 

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Panino Porchetta

Polpette Della Nonna

From the Italians, we tried the Panino Porchetta - roast pork roll with wild fennel and tarragon and Polpette Della Nonna - think Grandma's meatballs with tomato sumo and a healthy having of parmigiano reggiano.

DOC Pizza on Urbanspoon

BBQ Lamb Cutlets

Burnt Ends

The guys at Meatmother won my heart with their smoky American BBQ flavours. True to the classic Aussie BBQ, we enjoyed lamb cutlets dressed with mint over a bed of caper and cornichon potato salad. 

The show stopper for me was definitely their buns though. Firing things up with their 10-hour oak smoked brisket, cubed and crisped burnt ends, and jalapeño slaw slathered in Meatmother's BBQ sauce, this was my favourite dish of the night.

Meatmother on Urbanspoon

American Chow Down

Black Forest Bisque

Gelato Messina never fails to please. Every aspect, they just seem to take above and beyond. This time around, we were graced with Messina's International Soup Kitchen - a soup kitchen concept serving up dessert in a Campbell Soup’s iconic tin cans. 

Choose from Black Forest Bisque – chocolate-fondant gelato, cherry jam, kirsch cream with kirsch-soaked sponge or the Vietnamese inspired Faux Pho – salted-coconut sorbet, kaffir-lime marshmallow, lychee coconut cream with chilli-cashew crunch.  Or perhaps the Zuppa Duppa – hazelnut gelato, wild-strawberry preserve with an addictive pistachio crunch and Amaretti biscotti or the American Chow Down – peanut gelato, Oreo custard, cream-cheese mousse and pretzel crunch.  You can't really go wrong either way.

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

Still sorting out plans for Australia Day ? No worries, the Royal Croquet Club has got you covered with their Truck-A-Palooza festival. For Australia Day only, the food trucks joining the Royal Croquet Club line-up are Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck, Cornucopia, Hammer & Tong, The Little Mushroom Co, Nuoc Mama, Toasta, Trailer Made, Round The Way Bagels and The Brulee Cart. Get excited.

Go on. Head on over for a hit of the croquet mallet, a spot of barbeque and a few drinks. It's the place to be seen this summer.

confessions of a little piggy was invited to dine as a guest of ID Collective and Royal Croquet Club

What: Royal Croquet Club
Where: Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square), Melbourne 
Cost: Free entry event from Sunday through to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays are $5 after 7pm.
When: Friday 16th January to Sunday 1st February

18 January, 2015

Lune Croissanterie

It’s 5.00am on a Saturday morning and Melbourne is snoring away. And no, not that light sleep that you’re thinking about, I’m talking deep slumber to the point where they seem to be dead to the world. I take a peep out of my window and it’s pretty much pitch black. Why am I awake ?

It’s because I’m loon. Loon for Lune that is.

Let me take you through my morning.

5.00am - Wake up. 
5.30am - Pick up friend-just-as-crazy-as-me.
6.00am - Arrive at Lune Croissanterie to queue up.
8.30am - Sing hallelujah as we get out hands on our croissants.
8.35am - Brag all about it on Instagram (this one is mandatory).

Kouign Amann


 Jam & Cream Cruffin

Almond Twice Baked


Kate pleases the morning crowd with traditional plain croissants, pain au chocolat, choc-almonds, kouign amanns, ham and gruyere croissants, and weekly changing flavours in the shape of cruffins and twice baked croissants. This week we saw Jam & Cream and Tiramisu filled cruffins, and Almond, Coconut Pandan and Snickers (to really satisfy) for the twice baked croissants.

My favourite pick goes to Kate’s renowned Kouign Amann (pronounced ‘Queen Aman’), a traditional pastry from the Bretagne region of France. Think caramelised swirls of flaky, buttery layers upon layer of delicate pastry. It tasted exactly what 2.5 hours of lining up should taste like. Absolute bliss.

No doubt Lune Croissants are good, like damn good. Will I line up at ungodly hours for them again though ? Honestly, no I don't think so - I love my sleep too much. But, persuading a friend to deliver a few of these goodies to my door ? Yeah, I'm working on that one.  

Lune Croissanterie
29-31 Scott Street  

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