What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
• Michael Harden had one final meal at Lygon Street institution Cafe Notturno, and writes that Melbourne may have just lost something irreplaceable.
• A couple of blocks down Lygon, a spot dedicated to noodles and martabak – one of Indonesia’s favourite pancakes – has set up shop.
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• At the other end of Carlton, the former Tanaka space has transformed into one-month pasta pop-up Super Norma – get in while you can for rigatoni, ragu and Italo-disco with “Melbourne’s youngest nonnas”.
• Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has announced the latest inductees to its Legends Hall of Fame – it’s an overachieving crew that has made this city a more delicious place to live.
• The people behind some of Melbourne’s favourite pubs, including members of the team that revamped the Royal Oak Hotel and the Marquis of Lorne, have taken over Brunswick’s Charles Weston. The Sporting Club Hotel is open now.
• Japanese fine diner Warabi has a new head chef with extensive omakase experience. We caught up to learn about his plans for the menu.
• Elsewhere in the CBD, two friends who also have Japanese fine-dining experience have opened Ilza – a casual spot on Little Collins with a fun Japan-meets-Korea menu.
• Guy Grossi has opened Puttanesca at the Clifton Hotel, an Italian restaurant on his home turf in Kew, with a menu that’s all about feel-good Italian eating.
• Thai barbeque spot Khaosan Lane has opened next to the GPO with cocktail buckets, very generous platters, and live music every night of the week.
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• Across Oakridge Wines, Fed Square’s tiny home and urban living project Future Food System, and her restaurant Little Pickett, Jo Barrett has become one of Australia’s leading proponents of eco-cooking. We spoke with Barrett about her new cookbook, Sustain, which teaches you how to (achievably) make your home cooking more sustainable.
• This week on Around Town we celebrate 15 years of That’s Amore Cheese, talk to Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp about new festival Now or Never, and get to know a cafe with a menu designed by 10 of Melbourne’s best chefs.
• When you make as many cannoli as Cannoleria does, you end up with lot of shell pieces that go to waste. Enter Cannoleria’s new cannoli chocolate bars. The tasty solution is available in-store and online.
• Melbourne Cocktail Festival is back for its fourth year later this month, and over 40 of the best bars in town are joining in – a $20 ticket gets you unlimited $15 cocktails at participating bars for the whole week.
• To celebrate Melbourne distillery The Gospel’s new range of whiskey-infused condiments, Leonard’s House of Love is running a special Father’s Day menu using the stuff. Stop by for picklebacks, chicken ribs with barrel-aged whiskey hot sauce, and more.
• Lune has gone back into its croissant archives for its latest limited release – the Apple Pie Twice Baked Croissant. It’s only available this Father’s Day weekend, though, so be sure to get queuing early.