Check out three wildly varied new restaurants, step inside one of the world’s most popular immersive artworks, eat burgers with the founder of cult LA chain Eggslut, devote a day to cheese or sour beer, and pick up a few vintage gems for $5 at a huge clothing sale in a Brunswick warehouse. Here’s what Broadsheet Melbourne editor Ellen Fraser will be checking out this month (you can follow along here).
Three huge restaurants landed last week, all with decidedly impressive credentials. Mono-XO, by Joe Jones of Romeo Lane fame, has hyper-real 1980s artwork, meat on sticks and cocktails that taste like creamy soda, all in a tiny Fitzroy space. Chef Nick Stanton (Leonardo’s Pizza Palace, Leonard’s House of Love) completes the Leo’s trilogy with another petite diner, a pizza-by-the-slice shop in South Yarra. Get the ritzy meatlovers and devour it in the even smaller cocktail bar out back. At the other end of the scale, a former Vue de Monde chef is cooking ceviche, swordfish-stuffed jalapenos and other Mexican eats at the enormous, 400-person Bodriggy Brewing Co in Abbotsford. There are also cherry-coffee cocktails and pét-nat on tap. And beer, of course.
If there’s one thing I learned from Cage-a-Thon, it’s that I can’t handle more than four hours of Nicholas Cage. Twelve hours of the strangely hypnotic enigma that is Jeff Goldblum, though? I could give that a whirl. The line-up for the night, a highlight of the Melbourne International Film Festival program, includes one of my all-time faves, Goldie as a man-insect hybrid in David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi masterpiece The Fly.
Melbourne Mexican institution Mamasita and barbeque joint Cheek are joining forces for a one-night-only shindig with dishes that combine Mexican, Southern American and Korean flavours. There’ll be doughnuts stuffed with spicy slow-roasted pork, smoked-short-rib tacos with miso ranch sauce, and bone-marrow tostadas with shiso and jalapeño. And tequila and gochujang cocktails. And mezcal for days.
Dig through a tonne of lust-worthy vintage designer pieces on sale from $45 to $4500 at online treasure trove Hawkeye Vintage’s latest pop-up mega sale. There’ll be classic 2.55 Chanel handbags, vintage Céline and Dior mink coats, and pieces from Louis Vuitton, YSL, Fendi, Gucci, Maxmara, Escada, Hermès and more. On a budget? Try this sale instead, held in a sprawling Brunswick warehouse with more than 20,000 vintage pieces on offer, some from $5.
Make a meal of invasive species at this elaborate feast inspired by artist and curator Kirsha Kaechele’s (sort of) cookbook called Eat the Problem, published by Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art. The sagacious dinner is at ultra-fine diner Vue de Monde, with a menu of street pigeon, tiger prawn and wild rabbit, elevated like never before.
Apparently keeping plants alive is not all that complicated, even though mine always struggle to make it past a few weeks. This workshop could be the solution. $45 includes a free plant to take home to its untimely death.
Learn how one of the world's most iconic fashion houses makes its cult coats (and design your own) at the Burberry Trench Studio. Then add a personalised touch – you can customise your coat with limited-edition buttons from creative director Riccardo Tisci’s archive collection, which have been reproduced for this event.
Aussie cheesemongers Maker & Monger, Yarra Valley Dairy, Meredith Dairy, Harper & Blohm and Bruny Island Cheese Co are among those headlining Mould: A Festival of Cheese. The event is by the same crew that runs all-day boozy affairs Pinot Palooza and Sake Matsuri. Expect fromage overload, with wine, sake and cider to wash it all down with.
More on the very-specific festival front: Blobfish premieres this month. Held at North Melbourne’s Meat Market, it’s a day devoted to unique, unusual, or otherwise interesting sour beers from producers such as Hop Nation, Wildflower, La Sirene, Future Mountain, Garage Project and Sailor’s Grave.
One of the world’s most well-known and heavily Instagrammed immersive artworks is coming to St Kilda. Step into the dark, cavernous space and move through a field of rainfall that shifts as you do, so you never get wet. You’ll need to book ahead for this one.
Back in town, local photographer p1xels documents his stay inside Chernobyl’s exclusion zone in a powerful walk-through exhibition. It will be held in a secret location (details will be released 24 hours before the show opens), and there’ll also be an artist talk, light-and-sound-based works and a bar.
Oysters. Name a more perfect mollusc, I’ll wait. And toward the end of the month you’ve got the chance to down as many as you can at Oyster Frenzy. There’ll be beer with a citrus-y lilt designed to complement the briny little babies, canapes and wine.