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Railway Hotel Restaurant, Castlemaine, Victorian Goldfields

amazing meals!

http://railwayhotelcastlemaine.com.au/

railway hotel menu:

http://railwayhotelcastlemaine.com.au/wp-content/uploads/rhcspringmenu-2015.pdf

whats on and facebook

https://www.facebook.com/RailwayHotelCastlemaine

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From the grill :
prawns, scallops, squid and fresh sh
w/ coconut bouillabaisse, mussels, bread and fresh oysters
for 2
(can be GF)
Spicy brazilian chicken croquette Coxinha (4x)
$12
Spring Lamb rump (dinner time only)
freekeh, soy milk, macadamia, pepitas, mount pepper, olives,
beets and harrisa
Muscovy aged duck breast (dinner time only)
white mulberry, muscat, grilled skate wing, chimarrão herb and
purple carrots
(GF) *cooked mediu
the chef cathces his own trout!

The Melbourne Supper Club- Melbourne CBD

Melbourne supper club is all about the casual, stylish, old world surroundings, where you can sink down onto a The Melbourne Supper Clubstudded maroon moran chesterfield couch, and soak up the ambiance, while you order from the excellently stocked bar, and selection of tapas and delicious desserts.
The vibe of this establishment is somewhere between old english business club, and a trendy vintage bar.

http://theeuropean.com.au/functions.html

Ganache Chocolate shop and Café – Melbourne CBD

Ganache is one of the quintessential must visit cake and coffee shops within the environs of the melbourne CBD.

http://www.ganache.com.au/contact.html

On offer are stylish artisan chocolates, delicious, chocolatey moussy cakes and excellent coffee.

Ganache is not jsut located in the CBD, but also a sister store in South Yarra on Toorak Road, where the majority of the manufacturing and baking takes place.

Ganache also runs a sort of cooking school where you can join their master confectioners and learn to make truffles, nougat, custom chocolate bars and the trendy macaron.

http://www.ganache.com.au/chocolate-school.html

Now, onto the CAKE and the coffee!-

Cake and coffee is at the price you would expect for a specialty melboune cafe- or… chocoalte lounge, as they prefer to call it. your wallet will be lightened by around $13 in most cases for a quick trip for a sugar fix.

 

Le Petit Gateau – Melbourne CBD

Situated in the Melbourne CBD, on 458 little Collins street, is a very special little cake shop that should be high on the list of must visits for all chocolate fans and cake connoisseurs.

http://www.lepetitgateau.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Le+Petit+Gateau/about

le petit gataux melbourne CBDHere you can be serenaded by sugar and all things nice, which are the artful creations of international pastry chef Pierrick Boyer.

The cakes are that little bit unusual and adventurous in their bold combinations of flavours, and give off the illusion of vaguely boisterous and oddball asian dessert influences, where fruit, cream, coffee caramel, nuts, chocolate and cocoa strive valiantly to push the boundaries of traditionally accepted flavour infusions.

Chocolate brownie with passionfruit? not super unusual, but fruit and dense, heavy chocolate- it doesn’t typically come to mind

The place runs as a cafe-come-bakery and churns our delicious cakes and very decent coffee all day.

The showcase cabinet proffers around ten different small cakes, and after 2:30pm, they have a special where coffee and cake are around ~$10 for both- pretty good value for a premium product in the CBD, dont you think?

The “menu” – or really sugar-drug list for fellow addicts like myself, can be found here, with prices:

http://www.lepetitgateau.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Le+Petit+Gateau/menu

The cakes are pricey, but no more than any other place of quality in the melbourne CBD and its surrounds. A small cake comes in at $37, which feeds 8+, and the large is ~$52, which feeds over 16 people in my experience, depending on how it is cut. The cakes are very rich, sweet and filling, so you can get away with stingily small looking slices and people will still be happy.

Regardless to say, I thoroughly recommend this establishment, and its fine fare and caffeinated beverages.

 

 

Gingerboy Restaurant- Melbourne CBD

Ginerrboy was a delicious restaurant. though situated down a dingy alley, and with an unassuming facade, inside was a classy, and stylish, chilled atmosphere, with slick polished tables, mirrored surfaces and dangly, shiny chanderliers that had a distinct funky charm about them, while managing to be decadent and elegant.

THe cocktails, at $20 each, were damn pricey.. but also sooo sooo good. We enjoyed them immensely. The gingergirl, and to one with chilli in it were excellent treats whiel we chewed the fat and caught up before our meal came in.

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Organic Japanese Cafe- Melbourne CBD

Such an unassuming looking little place hides such wonders and delights!

Organic Japanese Cafe melbourneFor under $13, one can get a very tasty japanese curry and soup, or salad set which makes a teriffic dinner for the busy melbournian worker on the go!

I usually go here fairly religiously  every fortnight or so, when i have things on in the city after work.

The service is quick, and the staff are pretty super friendly.

The curry and rice, which comes in vegetarian, beef, or chicken is particularly good, with a thick, tasty, perfectly textured, rich brown gravy like curry sauce, generous chunks of meat or vegies, and the bed of rice is a perfectly steamed mix of wild rice varieties and white rice, all of which is allegedly organic.

A friend recently took me to another place, “don Don” which also did cheap japanese curries.. but i’d rather pay a few extra dollars to go to this place!

While i typically go for the cheap and cheerful, studenty sort of meals, there is a rather extensive full menu which is a bit pricier. As yet, i have not explored it myself, but other customers are all happily tucking into their meals, which look and smell quite terrific, so i can only assume the rest of the menus selections are as equallly promising!

Apparently, the place’s real name is actually “Brim CC” – japanese organic cafe.

you can check out their website below:
http://www.brimcc.com.au/

in particular, their innovative and quirky experimental projects, especially the dessert menu look worth investigating!

http://www.brimcc.com.au/brimss.html

Free Melbourne concerts @ Sydney myer music bowl FEB 2016

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Free concerts of 2016 for our listening enjoyment!

Dvořák Under the Stars: Wednesday 17 February @19:30 PM, 2 hours. gates open @16:30

https://www.facebook.com/events/841699515927829/

Joshua Weilerstein: conductor
Stefan Cassomenos: piano

Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Gershwin Piano Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No.7

When Dvořák contracted composer’s block while writing his Symphony No.7, he wrote to his publisher in February 1885, ‘I don’t want to let Brahms down’. He didn’t. A mere month later, the Symphony was done and dusted. Even faster, in composing time and brevity, is John Adams’ brilliant Short Ride in a Fast Machine, which the American composer said, ‘You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?’ American conductor Joshua Weilerstein, making his MSO debut, also directs another American classic, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with Melbourne soloist Stefan Cassomenos.

Summer Carnival:  Saturday 20 Feb, 2016 – @19:30 PM – 2 hour Duration with 20 minute interval, gates open at 16:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/762910303812914/

Joshua Weilerstein: conductor
Dale Barltrop: violin

Dvořák Carnival
Barber Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5

In his second Sidney Myer Free Concert, Joshua Weilerstein conducts more Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5. These flank the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, with soloist, MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop. Barber’s lyrical and (dare we say?) romantic concerto is embedded in the modern repertoire, but was not always thus. In 1940, as Barber was struggling with the score, renowned violin teacher Albert Meiff called it ‘far from the requirements of a modern violinist’ and that the score ‘required surgical operation by a specialist’, offering to wield the scalpel himself. Fortunately, Barber ignored this gratuitous offer.

 

Tang of the Tango- Saturday, 27 feb, 2016 @19:30 PM – 2 hour Duration with 20 minute interval, gates open at 16:30PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/693560357445590/

Benjamin Northey: conductor
Slava Grigoryan: guitar
Leonard Grigoryan: guitar


Falla The Three-Cornered Hat: Suite No.2
Rodrigo Concierto madrigal
Gershwin Cuban Overture
Piazzolla Selected tangos
Ginastera Estancia: Four Dances

The brothers Grigoryan — Slava and Leonard — join Benjamin Northey and the MSO in a Spanish-South American program that includes tangos by Astor Piazzolla, a Concerto for two guitars by Joaquin Rodrigo, and works by Ginastera, Falla and Gershwin. The perfect summery way to conclude the Sidney Myer Free Concerts for 2016.

 

Doughboys Donuts, Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Doughboys Doughnuts have a very special place in my heart and soul, and contributed considerably to my falling in love with our beautiful city, melbourne. 180120161479

My first authentic doughboys experience was courtesy of my wonderful first flatmate on the auspicious day we were undertaking the painful, time consuming and annoying activity of moving house.

I’d been in East Malvern for a grand total of four weeks at that point, living in a happy and fun, but ramshackle slightly lopsided cottage which was the epitome of the stereotype of the worst house in the best of streets, surrounded by the grandeur of looming mansions, hidden behind the green filtered light of ancient and benevolent tre180120161478es.

But the lease had come to an end, and the head tenant had decided not to renew, so we were out on our ears. Moving, packing, panicking, desperately looking for a new place to live.. Such is the grind and stress that is synonymous with being a scummy, landless tenant.

We had just picked up a big, unwieldy, but manly and powerful diesel Hilux flat tray for the job from the Ute rental place nearby, and the prospect of driving in melbourne traffic must have already made me look frazzled and in need of a hug..  My flatmate demanded we go get a big yeasty, crispy, soft, sugary hug, with creamy lime filling (aka, a key lime pie doughnut) from across the road at doughboys.

Back then, Doughboys, as I knew it, was just a wooden counter in the corner of Fancy Hanks BBQ restaurant near vic markets, not far from my work,  But I could never seem to get there in time before they sold out.

Meanwh180120161475ile, Doughboys seemed to be taunting and tempting me (and everyone else in melbourne) with their hateful “Doughboys Coming Soon” sign printed on the glass balcony in front of 535 Bourke street since March 2015. When was soon? they had been promising SOON for months, maybe a YEAR. unacceptably cruel!

But in December… they finally stopped teasing and finally gave up the goods. They opened! Praise melbourne!!

… And i was reunited with my one true love, the Key Lime Pie filled doughnut. mmmmmm!!!

http://www.doughboysdoughnuts.com.au/hours

The new shop was filled with excited doughnut sugary goodness fans such as me, queuing up to get a well earnt fix after toiling the morning behind desks, in front of courts, and smiling at customers.180120161477

There were even a couple other fellow food bloggers, snapping away with fancy zooming SLR’s as the doughnut artisans, looking very smart and industrious in their white uniforms made delicious creations right before our eyes on the counters before us, as we watched though the glass and perspex dividers.

The new shop, doughboys first looks slick, stylish clean, and, I think the best word to use, is inclusive. The fact we can see the doughnuts bei180120161476ng made by the chefs there and then, with the kitchen sort of integrated into the serving and coffee making area was a fantastic stroke of brilliance, connecting the customer deeply to the product.

They served two things, specialty Doughnuts of various types made with all organic ingredients, and coffee. Both of which they do very, very well. Options of both take away, and dine in are available. Take aways come in a stiff cardboard box to protect the soft iced creations from the jostling of the melbourne CBD foottraffic on the way back to the office to share with favourite workmate, or on trains and trams, smuggled home to loved ones.

If eating in, there are a few places to sit, but not many- and the doughnuts an coffee are served in bespoke, funky, locally made crockery, apparently specially made for doughboys. The coffee, I am yet to try.

180120161480   Other reviews are as positive and enthusiastic about Doughboys as I am- It really is one of Melbourne’s favourite food entrepreneur sons, and it is great to see how the time, preparation, thought and care that was clearly put into this first flagship standalone store has paid off with a really iconic and well executed launch.

https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/article/when-doughboys-become-doughmen

For the peckish and curious, there are many, many more photos of doughboys delicious donuts in bourke street on google:

More photos of delicious Doughboys Doughnuts

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