This month, we’re ordering Korean fried chicken with gochujang and kewpie at a spot hidden behind a drive-thru bottle-o; tackling the best walks in Melbourne; scoring 70 cent hot-jam doughnuts from a city institution; stocking up on winter coats at a new appointment-only store; and gathering our mates for a night at the drive-in. Here’s what Broadsheet Melbourne editor Ellen Fraser is checking out in Melbourne this month.
After weeks in lockdown, we can finally dine out again in Melbourne. The restrictions mean we’re looking at a strange new normal, and reopening won’t be viable for every venue, but here are the cafes and restaurants welcoming us – cautiously, optimistically – back in.
If you’re staying in, put on your nicest pyjamas and open a bottle of something spesh – you can now get some of Melbourne’s most iconic dishes to take away. Mamasita’s famed Mexican corn, Bar Margaux’s bordelaise burger, Supernormal’s low-key-luxe lobster roll and Grossi Florentino’s boozy tiramisu are all on the menu.
We’ve rounded up all our favourite takeaway offerings of the past few weeks here, too.
Pull up to new Asian street-food pop-up Soi 10 for pork belly bao buns, “drunken” dumplings and Korean fried chicken with fries, spiced gochujang and kewpie mayo. Tucked away at the end of a St Kilda East drive-thru bottle shop, it’s by a former Stokehouse chef.
Taking more of a DIY approach to dinner? Add a big thwack of garlicky flavour to your meal with this impossibly creamy, dairy-free Lebanese condiment.
National Doughnut Day is happening on June 5, and if you needed any more of an excuse to get yourself a few golden-fried, sugar-coated treats, Queen Victoria Market’s American Doughnut Kitchen is celebrating its 70th birthday – and it’s dropping the price of its hot-jam doughnuts to 70 cents.
These walking trails will get you back to nature – and they’re all less than 40 minutes’ drive from the CBD. One meanders through patches of native forest, another takes you along clifftops and sandy beaches, past rockpools.
More ambitious is this breathtaking new 160-kilometre trail in the Grampians. It’ll take two weeks to walk it once it’s completed later this year, but some sections are already open for day hikes.
300 Grams, the burger joint inspired by memories of Clifton Hill McDonald’s, has opened a second spot. For now, it’s takeaway-only, serving Oreo shakes, cheeseburgers and spicy fried-chicken burgers.
While regular cinemas can now open again under the new guidelines, drive-in cinemas already feel well-suited to pandemic precautions. Coburg Drive-In will start screening again from June 3, and you can BYO snacks or pick up burgers and choc-tops from the 1950s-style on-site diner.
This new Richmond store will take care of all your winter-coat needs. It’s appointment-only for now, stocked full of outerwear staples from Melbourne label Friends With Frank. There are classic cuts in wool-cashmere blends and reversible jackets made from faux shearling.
And whether lockdown has had you joining the puzzle frenzy or the home improvement sect, we’re going to assume you’ve earned a drink. Our picks this month? Sixpacks of previously restaurant-only wines – expect colour, fizz and funk – from a supergroup of indie Victorian winemakers, or hard seltzer – low sugar, grown-up takes on the Vodka Cruiser – a trend that’s swept the US and is now appearing in Aussie bottle-os.