What we covered in Melbourne food and drink this week
• A surprise closure, a cancelled wedding, a heartfelt Instagram reel and a statement from a CEO. What’s going on at ACMI restaurant Hero?
• Marrybrown, the fried chicken chain selling out spicy Malaysian ayam goreng, nasi lemak and more in Burwood.
• A first look at Moonee Ponds’ new sandwich shop where a Katz’s Deli Reuben, Harlem-inspired chopped cheese and New Jersey-famous Italian beef sandwich are all on offer.
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• Canterbury’s new Lennox Wine brings an exclusively Aussie wine list to a charming Edwardian shopping strip.
• Remembering Kevin Donovan, a wine fanboy and beacon of positivity who made Melbourne dining better.
• We talk to ASRC founder Kon Karapanagiotidis about his debut cookbook and what it was like to collaborate with his mum.
• The newly revamped and reopened Hop Nation Taproom in Footscray is heaven for beer lovers and pizza nerds.
• Chefs Jung Eun Chae and Shannon Martinez team up for a one-night-only dinner at Smith & Daughters.
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• Where to eat (and drink) right now: Australia’s best openings in September.
• This week on Broadsheet’s podcast Around Town, we talk Moonee Ponds’ new American-deli-inspired sandwich shop, Pretty Boy Floyd’s, and learn about the fascinating past life of a Fitzroy North favourite.
• Bake Off-winner Laura Foo is hosting a pop-up at Co Bake Space in Richmond this Saturday from 9.30am until sold out. There’ll be Milo marble cake, passionfruit macarons, savoury galettes, char siu sou (pastry puffs) and complimentary coffee from Market Lane.
• Welcome Merchant, an initiative that supports businesses run by refugees and asylum seekers, is hosting a three-course Palestinian dinner from chef Aheda Amro at Molly Rose Brewing next Tuesday, October 10. Tickets are $80 and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians.
• Sushi master and Nobu head sushi chef Masami Ouchi is in Melbourne for the first time in 15 years. At Nobu Melbourne on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from October 9 to November 5, the chef will be preparing an omakase dinner with dishes inspired by his 32-year career. $350 per person, bookings essential.
• Raw cheese boxes from the Mould Cheese Collective are available this month only. The boxes are $70 and include four different raw cheeses including a hard cheese from Bruny Island and a semi-hard from South Gippsland.
• Supernormal on Flinders Lane is now offering teishoku (a Japanese meal set) for weekday lunches, with ushio-jiru (clear clam soup), glazed eggplant, an asparagus and sugar snap pea salad, a soy egg and rice for $24.
As seen on the web
• Meet sweet garleek, a new allium created by chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York state, via Ella Quittner for Grub Street.