This month, we’re ordering cheesy Italian sangas and bone-marrow garlic bread from a new takeaway-only joint (by a former Marion and Cumulus Inc chef); delivering delicious things (and big, bold bouquets) to mum for Mother’s Day; buying quirky 1960s furniture from a new online store; discovering the Aussie chefs to follow on Instagram for the best cooking tips; watching all the best food shows on Netflix; and making our own limoncello, coffee, kombucha and more.
Here’s what Broadsheet Melbourne editor Ellen Fraser is checking out this month – albeit mostly without leaving the house.
It’s been a while since we used the term “first look”, but we’re excited to say it’s back. A former Marion and Cumulus Inc chef has opened Rocco’s Italian Discoteca, serving rolls stuffed with fried bologna or eggplant. Order yours with a serve of bone-marrow garlic bread to truly indulge.
It’s Mother’s Day on May 10, and whether you plan to splurge or go for something a little simpler, Broadsheet’s got you covered with our gift guide for every budget, and our list of the best Mother’s Day takeaway and gift hampers in town.
And check out this swish new flower delivery service doing big, bold blooms – it’s linked up with some excellent local suppliers for add-ons, such as Four Pillars gin, Hunted & Gathered cookies, Hey Tiger chocolate and Grown Alchemist skincare.
If you’re spending isolation sprucing up your home, CCSS is a Melbourne-based vintage furniture shop stocking the ’60s red-velvet modular couches and retro sea-green marble dining tables of our grown-up interior-decorating dreams. And there’s nothing over $100 at this new art shop created by two Victorian photographers. Works include a dark visual take on the Happy Meal; kid-friendly illustrations of joeys and wombats; a graphic interpretation of an iconic Seinfeld scene; and striking images of the Australian landscape.
Some of the country’s top chefs are turning Instagram into a makeshift cooking channel, and many of them are doing inventive, fun, multistep (but not intimidating) dishes that assume you have a little competency already, which is nice. They’ll have you adding soy sauce to your bolognaise, making your own prawn toast and more.
For simpler recipes delivered in a much more unconventional way, this Aussie comedian is making hilarious but actually very useful cooking videos with a metal edge. Even Dave Grohl is a fan.
If you’d rather have someone else do the work, check out our regularly updated list of the city’s best takeaway options. We’re loving the at-home experiences Embla, Minimashima, Leonardo’s Pizza Palace and Industry Beans are offering, but there are dozens of others to choose from.
Holy Crumpets has temporarily closed its tiny CBD shop, but its new delivery service is getting baked-to-order sourdough crumpet to the masses by the dozen.
Now’s a good time to start transitioning to your winter wardrobe – whether that’s workwear, loungewear or everyday essentials – and the same goes for kidlets. We’re loving this new Melbourne label making tiny acid-wash jeans, cockatoo-print jumpers and retro colour-blocked parkas that transform into little vests.
It certainly is a new era for DIY, whether that’s brewing coffee at home, making your own limoncello or getting into home-fermentation with kombucha. (Something about the word “scoby” has always put me off, but it turns out it’s super simple.)
Some of the world’s biggest film festivals are going virtual – Cannes, Sundance and Venice among them – as is pub trivia.
And Welcome to Thornbury just reopened as a drive-in operation (you can bike in and stroll in to pick up your snacks too).