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Hidden away in Armadale’s backstreets lies a very small café which goes by
decided it will take the traditional approach of good, consistent coffee with
the name of Sardine. I cannot tell you for certain, but I do believe that the
no fancy bells or whistles. They are doing an excellent job!
name was employed because of the size of the premises. Let me be the first to tell you not to be fooled by the size of this fine establishment, because this lil’ fish really packs quite a punch. You can locate this little treasure by following the dated King’s Arcade walkway off High Street or alternatively via Morey Street which can be accessed via both Kooyong and High Street. If you need further directions, get a friendly local to point you in the direction of Armadale train station
Most of the sugary delights change all the time, which is great for me as I will always have a different treat with my morning coffee. FYI the chocolate spotted brioche (top plate) is heavenly.
which is located but a stone’s throw away from Sardine. Chipotle baked beans, with Tarago fetta, and a fried egg ($15.00) – This dish is With a mere 24 seating capacity divided equally in and out, you can decide if
one of Sardine’s most popular. From my recollection it has been on the menu
you would prefer to watch train commuters go back and forth to the station
since this shop opened over two years ago. Although the menu regularly
or discuss recipes, movies or restaurants with the likable staff running this
changes I agree with Beilby that the customer favourites need to stay on.
fish. At the helm is Piers Beilby, a fine specimen that has had food and cafés
This breakfast option is always beautifully presented, and that egg on top
running in his blood for as long as he can remember. He is the eldest son
of the serving dish looks so good it almost looks fake. The beans weren’t as
of Melly Beilby, who many locals know as the creator and owner of Prahran
fiery as I would like – rather they were at a mild spice level. The little bits of
institution Spoonful. Sardine is the third venture from the Spoonful empire
toast work well as dipping spoons. Mix the Meredith goat’s cheese cubes as
and has a strong focus on premium ingredients and fresh food.
they melt on the warm beans – a great option.
As you enter, it is hard to miss the beautiful display of sweets, with the
5 grain porridge with baked rhubarb ($10.00) – For all the porridge fans out
majority baked on board the mother ship at Spoonfull and others carefully
there you will love this. It is made to order and can be prepared with milk,
sourced from local bakers and cake specialists. Most of the sugary delights
water or soy – excellent customer service I must say. The porridge is thick
change all the time, which is great for me as I will always have a different
and generously portioned. Add the extra grains of goodness and you have a
treat with my morning coffee. FYI the chocolate spotted brioche (top plate)
super breakfast. The slivered almonds and the sweet rhubarb make for nice
toppings. Further, ask for the maple syrup on the side and drizzle to your heart’s desire.
From left, we have a soy cappuccino ($3.80) and a skinny latte ($3.50). The highly skilled barista works her magic behind a two group Wega. Using beans
Breakfast set – consists of a boiled egg, toast with raspberry jam and a
sourced from Genovese’s signature house blend, the coffees here are superb.
side of rhubarb and Meredith yoghurt in rosewater syrup ($12.50). What
They have not gone down the trendy road of investing an arm and a leg into
an interesting combination of sweet and savoury for breaky. Neverthless,
a Synesso or sourcing Tahiti single origin beans (yet!). The crew here has
customers are enjoying it and we did too. We described it as being similar
Scrambled are the bomb! The Sardine scrambled are light, bright and fluffy and totally scrumptious. Add half an avocado (generous) and a pile of fat-juicy-succulent pieces of freshly prepared chorizo and you’re in a very special place.
cafés and restaurants that we are all aware of. They are so damn crowded and loud. What was thought to be a pleasant experience can be rushed, stressful and tense. Hidden away from all that chaos is Sardine Café in Armadale. A spot where you can sit, chill and sip your coffee while you read the Daily Bugle in a very pleasant and relaxing location. Not to mention, you never get pushed to leave your table. The combination of years of experience and fresh premium produce blended into each dish coming out of the tiny kitchen is amazing. Sardine is one of The Chommery’s favourite cafés in Melbourne.
to a breakfast buffet plate, you take a little of this and a little of that and
Find this little fish and see for yourself.
make that combo you dream of. This option allows you to have the best of both worlds. Two pieces of toast meant one for egg and one for jam. The sweet rhubarb was a delicious top off to the meal. Highly recommended for the undecided. Scrambled eggs ($9.50), with avocado ($3.50) and chorizo ($4.00) – Sardine offers scrambled, fried and boiled eggs. Yes, you read correct, they do not offer poached eggs. You can breathe again, it is okay. You do not have to order them each time you order eggs. Scrambled are the bomb! The Sardine scrambled are light, bright and fluffy and totally scrumptious. Add half an avocado (generous) and a pile of fat-juicy-succulent pieces of freshly prepared chorizo and you’re in a very special place. The lunch menu starts from around 12:00pm. Daily changing soups, tarts
Hidden away from all that chaos is Sardine Café in Armadale. A spot where you can sit, chill and sip your coffee while you read the Daily Bugle in a very pleasant and relaxing location. Not to mention, you never get pushed to leave your table. The combination of years of experience and fresh premium produce blended into each dish coming out of the tiny kitchen is amazing.
and baguettes are available alongside a range of seasonally changing dishes. The green bean salad with goat’s cheese and marinated artichokes is a
Cuisine: Café fare
ridiculously good chomming choice. If you have had it before, you know what
Noise: Gentle background music and locals chatting
I’m talkin’ about!
Suitable for: All – kid friendly Dress: As you desire
We live in such a fast paced world with less and less time to stop and take in
Price: $15 – $20 per head
the moment and occasionally unwind. It is too often I visit some of the A-lister
My View: An excellent café in the backstreets of Armadale
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Holgate Brewhouse 79 High Street, Woodend. Ph: 5427 2510 Words and photos by TipplesBeer
About TipplesBeer TipplesBeer tells the stories of author Leon Sammartino’s beer soaked adventures in Melbourne’s craft beer scene. He can be found propping up the bar at any number of inner city pubs. TipplesBeer rates beer by glass size – from best to worst that would be jug, pint, schooner, pot or butchers.
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There is a lot to like about a trip to Holgate brewery. It is located in ‘The
stepping onto the platform at Woodend, mere metres from the Keating’s
Country’ which is a place that inner city people talk about escaping to
Hotel, home of Holgate.
like it has some magical recuperative powers. The hotel is a pleasant place; sprawling would be a good description. Of course going to ‘The Country’ for most of the inner city crew means loading up your car with an iPad, laptop, mobile phone, hair dryer and
There are four or five different rooms where you can choose to drink
designer straw hat (that is just the right balance of jaunty and stylish)
your beer, including a restaurant with some truly outstanding food – the
and heading down to Portsea to see the same people you see in the city,
beef pie made with Temptress porter was a corker, and dessert was a
sit in cafés that are a facsimile of the ones you frequent in South Yarra
step up again. And just to prove that this is a working brewery you can
and drink the same ‘imported’ beer at the Portsea Pub that you drink at
go have a look at it, placed as it is behind glass on the way to the toilets,
the Royal Saxon.
there are the usual array of stainless steel tanks.
Well I’m here to tell you to put down those imported beers, throw
Unfortunately I was there on a Sunday so there was no activity behind
away your hat (or keep it on I don’t care) and go west (well north
the glass, but I do like the idea of watching the brewers work like they
west). Better still you can throw away the car keys too. Just jump on
are zoo exhibits (I assume that like most zoo animals they would spend
the Bendigo bound train at Spencer Street and an hour later you are
most of their time sleeping).
But the star of the show is the beer and the Holgate guys know how to
ESB: This stands for English Special Bitter. Again I thought it a little under
present it too, for a very reasonable cost (I feel it might have been $15)
carbonated, even for an English style beer. It started sweet, but then the
you can get a tasting paddle of eight brews (and these are not one sip
hops came through to create a well rounded beer – Pint
tastes either, they are more like a third of a pot). UXB: Just like the ESB but bigger and stronger, it is not sessionable at all, There are a few other beers available by the bottle only, here are my
rather it is a beer suited to contemplation, and cheese – Pint
(very brief) thoughts on some of the beers we tried: Road Trip: The stand-out on the paddle, the type of beer you taste before The Pilsener (if you are following along with the pic, the pilsener is on
you drink it and that’s all in the aroma, great big American hop tones. This
the top right, and we are working through the paddle clockwise): This
is really an outstanding beer, it has all of the depth of flavour that hops
had a thin body, a grassy nose and a hint of honey in the taste. It finished
can impart on beer, but not in an overly aggressive manner – Jug
dry and was refreshing but not all that interesting – Schooner Double Trouble: Now the really smart amongst you might think that the Mt Macedon Ale: A pale ale, but actually not what I was expecting. It has
eighth beer on that paddle doesn’t look like a Dubbel Abbey ale, and
almost no aroma and the flavour was outdoorsy, with maybe a hint of
that’s because the eighth beer on there is Temptress, which is a beer I
pine, very sessionable – Pint
love and have reviewed before, so I shant discuss it here except to say this example was hand pumped, which I actually thought made is less
White Ale: If the pale ale had no aroma, this one made up for it. It was
enjoyable than usual. But back to the Double Trouble, the overwhelming
a flowery brew, Holgate claims this appeals to the non-drinker, perhaps
thought on this was that it is very sweet, it was like a Christmas pudding
that’s why I was left unmoved by it – Schooner
in a glass. I found it a little too sweet for my liking though – Schooner.
Big Reg: Marzen is a style I love and this didn’t let me down. It had some
So if you are looking for an awesome afternoon out I’d suggest heading
great biscuity, caramel flavours coming through. It was perhaps a little
to Holgate, it’s easy to get to, they have amazing food and the beer is
light on the carbonation and it runs the risk of getting a little cloyingly
pretty darn good as well. Oh and they do growler fills, so you can go
sweet, but hey I’d be happy to take that risk – Pint
home with two litres of your favourite beer, like I did with the Road Trip.
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After a first date comes a second, and it was this easy blueberry muffin
the crumble and infused blueberry jam takes the muffins from lunchbox
recipe that guaranteed a third.
calibre to a gourmet cafĂŠ style treat.
This blueberry muffin recipe was the first thing we cooked when we
We continued to bond over the muffins, they made a delicious breakfast
shared a kitchen on our second date and we have to profess that it is
(made even better coupled with homemade coffee and an episode or
probably the best blueberry muffin recipe we have tried. The addition of
two of Californication) or a yummy mid morning snack. You might also
receive an added dose of nostalgia if you are sent to work with your
¼ cup butter, cut into cubes
muffin wrapped and told explicitly to eat if for morning tea (remember
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
when a baked good for recess at school made your day?). For the jam Most blueberry muffin recipes we have tried produce a muffin that is
1 cup blueberries
lacking in flavour or sweetness. The blueberries and the bleueberry jam
1 tsp sugar
with crumble on top counteract these issues. This delicious blueberry muffin recipe is very versatile and the blueberries could be substituted
for whatever fruit is in season. Bananas or raspberries could work just as well. Try our best blueberry muffin recipe and see for yourself! Let us
To make the jam
know what you think as we would love to hear.
Bring 1 cup of blueberries and 1 teaspoon of sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.
This is a delicious blueberry muffin recipe with a touch of blueberry jam
Cook the berries, stirring with a spoon to break some of the berries
and cinnamon crumble on top.
open. Stir frequently until mixture is thickened. Transfer to small bowl and cool to room temperature for around 10-15
For the muffins
To make the crumb topping
1½ cups plain flour
Combine the sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Set aside.
¾ cup white sugar ½ tsp of salt
To make the muffins
2 tsp of baking powder
Preheat oven to 200°C.
⅓ cup melted butter
Grease muffin cups or line with muffin cases.
Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder by sifting together
⅓ cup milk
over a large bowl.
2 cups fresh blueberries (You can use frozen blueberries if you wish.
Place the melted butter into a measuring cup or a small bowl.
Don’t thaw the blueberries before added. Keep them frozen until just
Add the egg and the milk to the melted butter.
ready to add to the mixture)
Add the melted butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix together lightly.
For the crumb topping
Fold in the blueberries until just combined.
½ cup white sugar
Fill muffin cases right to the top and sprinkle with the crumb topping.
⅓ plain flour
Bake for 25 minutes.
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Blue Moose Café Ground Floor, 436 St Kilda Road, South Yarra. Ph: 9804 5605 Words and photos by Travelling in Mary Janes
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When you are in a location that is surrounded by high rise buildings filled
efficiency seems to be their middle name. They understand their
with office workers, there are just two things that I believe you need to
clientele and they answer to their customers needs by speed and more
fully grasp for your café/restaurant to stay loved.
speed. Takeaway meals were flying out the doors as I sat there having my lunch and the turnover of tables would have made any Diner Dash
It needs to be:
1. Good and tasty. 2. Fast.
I’m not a regular, and it has long left my memory just how much I paid for my meals, but I remember marvelling at how reasonable the pricing was.
And Blue Moose Café is both. I’ve been a few times now, mostly with K
Especially given the kind of clientele they get, they could have charged
when I used to visit her during lunch hours. I was blown away by how
a lot more and gotten away with it.
busy it was, the little café was practically humming! Good food, good prices, good service – what else can you ask for? Once you taste their food, it’s not hard to see why. An array of meals is offered at the counter for those who are short on time but they do offer
We tucked into our food eagerly, salad, pasta, risotto, pie alike were
a fairly good menu for a la carte as well. I’ve never tried ordering from
all equally tasty. I wouldn’t say that their Asian-inspired risottos tasted
their menu – every time I’ve been, the counter meals have suckered me
much like what they were named after but they certainly were tasty. And
in because they tasted amazing. With names such as Tandoori Risotto,
when you are trying to get a bit of food into you in between meetings,
how could I even begin to resist?
tasty is more important than authenticity, in my very humble opinion!
Their servings are not stingy either. With quite a team of wait staff
So if you are in the area and wondering where to eat, go to Blue Moose
available, they jump to attention when you need their service and
Café, grab a meal and sit back and let it all flow over you. Amazing.
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Cheerio 323 Lennox Street, Richmond. Ph: 9428 0000 Words and photos by Sharking For Chips and Drinks
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Opening just a few weeks ago (late June – early July 2012), Cheerio is an ever-so cute space situated just off the main Swan Street drag. A little larger than a ‘hole in the wall’, it comprises a well-utilised front room that serves up a decent selection of food (check out the $10 lunch sandwiches) and Seven Seeds coffee.
The coffee is well made and served up in pastel-coloured cups and saucers. And using Jonsey’s milk gives them extra marks in my book.
Seating around 20 people at a time, the space is flooded with natural light
feel airy and a lot less narrow than it actually is. The whitewashed brick walls
due to the floor-to-almost-ceiling windows, which helps to make the room
and the banquettes and pastel-coloured stools all help create an illusion of
Restaurant & Events Sunday Family Table, Melbourne’s coolest way to spend a Sunday A word to the wise – the good news about this place is going to get out quick. Many a local wandered past with groceries in hand and double-backed to stick their nose in the door to see what all the fuss was about. So pay a visit before the neighbourhood realises what is has got sitting on its doorstep. space too. Shout out to the trio of flying ducks on the white-woodpanelled back wall too, we like. Not that size matters too much. As the concise menu proves, good things come in small packages, as it offers the usual suspects (granola, pancakes and beans on toast) while shaking things up at the same time (toasted briont – brioche/croissant hybrid, meaty-cheesy sandwiches with homemade slaws). Attention to detail goes through to the lovingly chosen condiments – Beechworth honey, for example. The coffee is well made and served up in pastel-coloured cups and saucers. And using Jonsey’s milk gives them extra marks in my book. Breakfast is served from 7am, but we opted for the lunch sandwiches that were available from 10am and will set you back no more than $10. The garlic roast chicken, lemon aioli, chives and frisee lettuce was spot on the money. A nicely marinated filling with pungent garlic and lettuce tossed in pepper and salt. WordMonkey opted for the pan-fried haloumi, vine tomatoes, greens, gherkin, herb and lemon cream cheese. The fluffy ciabatta had a nice crunchy crust. Satisfying without being jaw-breaking. The haloumi was grilled perfection and the tang of the
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Dolcetti 223 Victoria Street, West Melbourne. Ph: 9328 1688 Words and photos by Consider the Sauce
Consider The Sauce Consider The Sauce’s Kenny Weir believes the best food in Melbourne – maybe anywhere – is made by the friendliest people for the keenest prices in the city’s western suburbs. He abhors food that is “plated” – he likes his food on a plate, or in a bowl; cutlery optional. He is a veteran writer, editor, researcher and disc jockey – and, for the past decade, a father.
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Despite having a deep fondness for Dolcetti we don’t visit as often as we
required to pass judgment on what, after all, is mere food… to be enjoyed,
would like. Perhaps that’s because when we’re in the West Melbourne/
or not, as the case may be. He does, however, seem well pleased.
Victoria Market neighbourhood we are, more often than not, seeking something savoury and substantial. Dolcetti is not big on the savouries,
Based on my sneak taste of the two custards, such an outlook is spot on.
although on our latest visit we note there are some good-looking pizzas
I go for one each of ciascuni ($2.20) and buccelatti ($2.40). The former
has fig, walnut, orange and honey wrapped in an open snake of superb short pastry. It’s rather plain, only mildly sweet and entirely delicious.
When we do visit, what we do get are superbly authentic Sicilian-style sweet treats. Moreover, they’re delivered here with a lightness of touch
The buccelatti also has fig, orange, honey and walnut, along with
and delicacy and refinement of flavours we rarely encounter elsewhere.
chocolate and raisins, but the end result is substantially different, with a more chunky filling. The citrus component is much more pronounced
Happily, this day’s lunchtime chores have been well taken care of by
and does an erotic belly dance with the chocolate. This is so good, so
the simple expedient of doing the Bratwurst Boogie down the road at
outrageously perfect, I buy two to take home just so Bennie can enjoy the
the market. So we are most certainly up for a heaping serve of sweet
same taste hit later in the evening.
satisfaction of the more aesthetic variety. Bennie says his hot chocolate is good; my café latte is better than good. Bennie stays true to form by requesting a simple old-school cannoli of the chocolate/vanilla persuasion ($3.20). Quizzed by his dad, he is a little
As ever at Dolcetti, we leave with food senses utterly romanced but
non-committal about its merits. Maybe because he does get tired of being
tummies and purses in no way tested.
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Pope Joan 77 – 79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East. Ph: 9388 8858 Words and photos by The Culinary Library
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Pope Joan is a small café in Melbourne’s northern suburbs that has been
white truffle ravioli, hazelnuts, roquette and parmesan ($18).
on my list of places to try for a while and I finally got a chance to have a
The parsnip and cauliflower soup was deliciously smooth and creamy
casual lunch there when Di from The Culinary Library was visiting from
and the parsnip crisps on the top added a lovely crunch and flavour.
Adelaide. Pope Joan is on Nicholson Street in East Brunswick and could
They serve their soup in tall and skinny Robert Gordon bowls on wooden
easily be missed if you were not looking out for it. It is owned by Ben
boards that not only make great presentation, but keep your soup
Foster and Matt Wilkinson and their two head chefs are Frank Verschaeve
and Jason Newton. They serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 7.30am to 4pm. The cosy interior is laid out with wooden tables,
The house made ravioli had a soft cheese filling and was served with
flowers and fresh pomegranates and the shelves are stacked with a small
roasted hazelnuts, parmesan and roquette from their vegetable garden.
collection of cookbooks and vintage trinkets.
The pasta was cooked perfectly and the fresh peppery rocket offset the rich parmesan, fontina and truffle. Hazelnuts were a great addition
Their menu is based on seasonal produce and has a good mixture of well
as they compliment both cheese and fresh salad leaves and add a nice
priced small breakfast and lunch options including taleggio and rosemary
crunch to the dish. The ravioli was served on top of what seemed to be
scrambled eggs, pumpkin and haloumi pie, gourmet sandwiches and
a parsnip puree that was equally delicious.
daily specials such as seafood and pasta dishes. They have a small veggie and herb garden out the back from which they pick fresh ingredients to
In the cake cabinet there were lots of lovely looking treats for dessert
complement their dishes.
or as a coffee accompaniment such as raspberry macaroons and lemon and rosemary cakes. The quality of the food and presentation at Pope
For lunch, we chose two items from the specials menu: Parsnip and
Joan shows attention to detail by chefs who clearly care about their
cauliflower soup with toast and parsnip crisps ($12) and Fontina and
food and it is well worth heading back for.
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There’s a big difference between saying somewhere’s the best place
Well sort of anyway, if you can call something you were expecting
you’ve been and saying somewhere’s your favourite. Saying somewhere
to be nice a surprise. White walls and furniture broken up by a few
is the best implies some sort of objective standard against which all
decorations and greenery, it’s much more Country Living or Good
meals must be measured. On the other hand saying somewhere is your
Housekeeping magazine than the industrial or grungy look common in
favourite means that based on your own subjective preferences you liked
the northern suburbs.
somewhere more than anywhere else. While we all try to be objective when blogging about the places we visit it’s obviously impossible to
Early on a Saturday morning it was still fairly quiet, with well spaced
come up with a definitive standard that everyone will agree with. It’s
tables and not overly loud background music and fellow diners who
probably for the best too – imagine trying to get a table if there was one
were happy just sitting there drinking coffee or waiting for their choice
single place that everyone wants to eat at. Taking that in mind I’m willing
from a fairly short and simple breakfast menu.
to make the call that Milkwood isn’t the best café I’ve been to this year Given outside it was a chilly minus several hundred degrees I decided
but it is my favourite.
to go with a warming porridge. Topped with baked orange blossom Why you ask? Because I liked everything about it except it’s so far from
rhubarb and toasted macadamia and brown sugar crumble, what made
home for me. I liked the way it’s so surprisingly nice inside compared
it even better was serving the milk in a small jug on the side. I much
to what you’d expect from the outside. It’s a bit of a theme for Melbourne
prefer it when the milk is served separately so you can decide how wet
cafés, daggy exteriors mean that it’s a nice surprise when you open
you want your porridge (I’m kind of a dryer porridge guy). It’s similar to
maple syrup on pancakes, everyone likes different amounts so why not
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Given outside it was a chilly minus several hundred degrees I decided to go with a warming porridge. Topped with baked orange blossom rhubarb and toasted macadamia and brown sugar crumble, what made it even better was serving the milk in a small jug on the side.
Given we had gone with such healthy choices, breakfast desserts were obviously in order. Honestly, given how good they looked it was hard to decide which way to go. They all had that home baked look to them, were generous in size and very, very tempting. Between us we decided on the caramel slice and the Monte Carlo, a cream and jam filled biscuit. The pick of the two was the Monte Carlo although I thought the rich sweet caramel of the slice ran a close second. One thing unusual about them both, at first bite I thought they were each okay, good but nothing special. However the more I ate the better they got and the more I wanted.
let us add it to our own taste? The macadamia and sugar crumble gave the dish great texture, and the slight tartness of the rhubarb balanced
the overall sweetness very well. It’s just basically yummy warming
I thought it was the nicest place to sit and eat I’ve seen in a café for a
long time, with very good food and efficient, polite staff. Combine that with prices at or below similar cafés closer to town and you have a place
Snooze went with the poached eggs on sourdough with an optional
I’d be more than happy to visit again and again. Now if only they’d open
extra of avocado with lemon oil. It was a simple dish with good clear
a sister café down in the southeast…
distinct flavours, the highlight of which was the avocado and lemon oil. Because it was such a simple dish all the elements need to be spot on,
and while I wouldn’t describe the poached eggs as overcooked, a little
Food – 8
less cooking would’ve improved them. One unusual thing which Snooze
Ambience – 8.5
mentioned was there was a small amount of coarse salt sprinkled over
Service – 8
the eggs, something different which she commented on favourably.
Price – 7.5
wine reviews Words and photo by Krystina Menegazzo
ABOUT KRYSTINA MENEGAZZO La Donna del Vino is the pseudonym of this young lady from Melbourne who completed her winemaking degree whilst being a gypsy working in vintages throughout Australia and Italy. Finally she decided to return home and sell wine instead. In her spare time she cooks, eats, drinks buon vino and is a self-confessed Neb Head (someone really into Nebbiolo).
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SHADOWFAX Minnow 2011
Not one to shy away from unusual grape varieties, she gave the grapes
Estate grown in Werribee South, Victoria. RRP $27.00
24 hours of skin contact before fermenting the juice in large 800 litre
The bottle of Minnow sat on the table with its retro Space Invader-
terracotta amphorae. The result is a deep yellow wine with a delicate
like colours flashing back at me as I stared at it intently. I was trying to
and generous feel in the mouth. It also has some of the most intriguing
figure out the wine before I had even cracked its seal. “Would you be
flavours I have tasted for some time. I was hit with papaya, bay leaf and
small and of little power?” I wondered, “or was there something a little
a prick of chilli with a warm almond finish. With its gossamer-like texture
fishy going on?”
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The team at Shadowfax and winemaker Matt Harrop decided a few years
I had found my charcuterie white match at last. Available in retail at
ago to rip out a section of shiraz vines and graft over them with red
Europa Cellars and Bottega Tasca or even try it at bars like Casa Ciuccio
varieties typically found together in southern France. The new kids on the
block were cinsault, mataro, carignan and grenache. Wine was made from these vines not long after. The blend has proven to be very successful as a
ALAIN GRAILLOT Syrocco Syrah 2009
lighter style made from the rich red soils of Werribee South.
Product of Morocco. RRP $32.95
In the wine glass it is coloured the palest but prettiest ruby. The aromas are
I have wanted to travel to Morocco for a while now but the timing has
a delectable concoction of spices, bay leaf, wild berries and cranberries,
always been a little off. So there was no hesitation on my part when I
with a touch of pink peppercorn from the vast amount of uncrushed
stumbled across this bottle in South Melbourne’s Prince Wine Store…a
whole berries in the ferment. Harrop was adamant from the start that
little something to whet my Moroccan appetite. Morocco might not have
the wine would be matured in old oak. The end result is this magnificent
the most recognised reputation for wine, but when such a reputable
medium-bodied wine that makes for some very easy drinking. So much
name is behind the project, you can be assured it will be a fine example.
so that not long after opening the bottle, it was already empty in my
The reputable name I am referring to is French Rhone winemaker
hand. Aha! I knew something fishy was going on. You have been warned.
Alain Graillot. I would love to say the story unfolded with the classic, ‘A
Available to purchase at Shadowfax cellar door, The Wine House, or even
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by the glass at Taxi Dining Room.
joke here]. However, the actual tale of how the wine was eventually born came about when Graillot went cycling in Morocco and came across the
QUEALY Friulano Amphora 2011
Domaine des Ouleb Thaleb winery. The image of the two men atop a
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. RRP $27.00
tandem bicycle next to a palm tree that adorns the label is a charming
July is salami season. By the time you read this I will have already
representation of this joint venture.
spent one Sunday on the Mornington Peninsula shivering in the early
The Syrocco uses the syrah grape and offers a thick, jooby wine full
morning air and getting my hands dirty producing a variety of cured
of freshly picked blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. The palate is
meats. Fingers crossed my session is a success! The salami season got
relatively soft, but surprisingly dense due to these bolder flavours and
me pondering winter whites. I wanted to find a white wine that could
some blood plums also add depth. Despite the gentle entry, the finish
be eaten with salami and other rich foods. I ended up discovering
has a firm, rustic grip, almost like shaking the old worn hands of a farmer
something that would accompany Italian-style smallgoods so deliciously
like my dear grandfather.
that it would have been folly for me to look any further.
So I may be hopeless at creating jokes, but at least drinking this wine has
Friulano is a staple variety of the north-eastern corner of Italy in the
not deterred me from making the trip to Morocco in the hopefully not-
Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The grape now has one pioneer winemaker,
too-distant future. It is the Moroccan culture, scenery and food that I am
Kathleen Quealy, giving it a turn on Australian soil. Quealy crafted the
ultimately after, but who knows, I may find myself trying more of their
Friulano wine in the Mornington Peninsula at her Balnarring vineyard.
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