Category Archives: April 2011

Half Moon-Broadsheet, 19th April 2011

Photography: Josh Robenstone

A Starry New Setting at Half Moon in Brighton
They don’t do things by halves at this revamped Brighton icon.

Following a 12 month renovation, iconic Church Street pub Half Moon has re-opened its doors, providing classic pub fare with a sophisticated twist for hungry Bayside locals.

Originally opened in the mid 60s under the moniker Hotel Central, the new Half Moon opened its doors some six weeks ago as a modern hotspot that still pays homage to its original open layout. Run by Colonial Leisure Group (purveyor of many other known Melbourne restaurants including The Botanical and Lamaro’s), the space retains its original façade while the interior has been gutted and replaced with six drinking and dining areas spanning two levels, rather like a playground for grown-ups.

To compliment the extensive and impressive wine and beer list is an amazing array of food, available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The selection is much loved pub grub, made using fresh, premium, local and regional produce. The original parma is created using organic chicken, free range black pig leg ham and buffalo mozzarella; crumbed flat head fillets are served with a side of mushy peas and crinkle cut chips; and of course a traditional steak, consisting of char grilled Hopkins River scotch fillet with mixed sautéed mushrooms, onion rings and Béarnaise sauce.

Half Moon-Broadsheet, 19th April 2011

St Edmonds-Broadsheet, 20th April 2011

Photography: Kirsten Edwards

St Edmonds All Day Eatery Opens Off Greville

The garage door is always open at this new Prahran hotspot.

The philosophy behind hospitality whiz Adam Wilkinson’s latest venture St Edmonds off Prahran’s Greville Street is simple-a place his mates could gather for a good beer and a bite to eat without the hefty price tag and pompous fanfare.

Converted from an old garage, Wilkinson, previous owner of Armadale’s Woodstock and Small World in the CBD, has embraced the honesty of the original space and this is showcased throughout. The old garage roller door remains on the left hand wall, lights are some 50 years old and are those used originally to see under the hood of a car, and old petrol stains mark the now polished concrete floor. Even the denim staff aprons (designed by Scanlan & Theodore no less), are inspired by the overalls worn by garage technicians.

Meals are offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and combine old favourites with new ones. Dine indoors or out and feast on a spanner crab and chili omelette for brekkie, classic calamari for lunch and a wagyu mini burger or hiramasa kingfish cerviche for dinner, all washed down with an Asahi on tap or a glass of wine from France.

St Edmonds-Broadsheet, 20th April 2011

Wee Jeanie-Broadsheet, April 2011

Photography: Kirsten Edwards

Wee Jeanie

Just a short ride across the Westgate, or a hop, skip and a jump from the Yarraville train station, lies Wee Jeanie, a sibling to popular nearby eatery Cornershop.

Owned and run by friendly Scotsman and hospitality veteran Iain Munro, Wee Jeanie is perfect for a quick caffeine hit or a relaxed sit-down with the paper and a cuppa. Named after lollie-loving wee Jeanie of a popular Scottish song (whose image adorns the menus), the cafe is abuzz with the chatter of friends and families.

The vibe of Wee Jeanie’s is one of laidback cool and total relaxation, likened by Munro to sitting in your own kitchen with the sunshine streaming in – and the description is spot on.

Fitting with the theme, the mood and food reflect the comfortable aesthetic. An exposed brick wall houses a cosy fireplace, and a large communal table rests in the small outside courtyard. The cuisine is homely and homemade, and features a variety of salads, soups, quiches and sweeter treats. A specialty of the house is the Welsh rarebit, a ploughman’s lunch-like favourite made with cheddar cheese, Guinness, cayenne pepper, mustard and Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins preferred). Jeanie would be proud.

Wee Jeanie-Broadsheet, April 2011

Crepes a la Carte-Broadsheet, 14th April 2011

Photography: Ben Vaughan and Liz Brumby

Crepes a la Carte at Melbourne Uni
Two conscientious students are filling the bellies of their counterparts – French style.

Melbourne University students Ben Vaughan and Liz Brumby are the kind of proactive go-getters you’d always hoped you’d be at uni. The two have recently opened a fully fledged business in the form of a French creperie – aptly titled Crepes a la Carte – all whilst completing a masters in Marketing Management and a Media Communications/Commerce double degree respectively.

One of the most impressive elements of the cart is its social awareness and a commitment to a sustainable and environmentally conscious business model. The stall itself is built from sustainably harvestable material with little environmental impact during construction; cups, bowls, napkins and cutlery are biodegradable and recyclable; local and regional produce is promoted; and bottled water is eschewed in favour of nearby water coolers to re-fill your own bottles.

Crepes a la Carte shows how small business can provide a positive impact rather than operating simply as a money-making machine. On top of this, the creperie is a strong supporter of students, and all staff members are studying at Melbourne Uni.

And what of the crepes themselves? The menu offers several options from sweet lemon and sugar or honey, banana and cinnamon to something savoury in cheese, ham and egg or the tiger special – cheese and vegemite. The Nutella classic has a crisp exterior and fleshy interior laden with hazelnut goodness that is quite simply heaven. Student or not, pop on in and check out this labour of love for yourself.

Crepes a la Carte-Broadsheet, 14th April 2011

Amsterdam Street Cafe-Broadsheet, April 2011

Photography: Mia Mala McDonald

Amsterdam Street Cafe

Although its name comes from the street it resides on, the Amsterdam Street Cafe embodies a tranquillity and understated cool found throughout the Dutch capital.

The façade itself is a standout. A cherry-red entrance literally glows amid the otherwise industrial surrounds. Inside, the cafe features timber walls and floors, duos of pendant lights, banquette-style seating and huge west-facing windows, bathing the space in sunshine.

Open from morning to afternoon, the cafe offers a breakfast and lunch menu at a reasonable price. Dishes include homemade green eggs with a choice of sides, mouth-watering burgers or wraps (with a tofu option) and an assortment of baguettes, cakes and salads for food in a flash.

Personal touches add to the relaxed atmosphere, with quirky knickknacks lined high above the counter and smiling staff polaroids adorning the drinks fridge.

Amsterdam Street Cafe-Broadsheet, April 2011

Cooper and Milla’s-Broadsheet, April 2011

Photography: Kirsten Edwards

Cooper and Milla’s

To stroll past the windows Cooper and Milla’s (in Armadale and Toorak) is to instantly salivate. Trays of mouth-watering salads, pies and sweet treats beckon you in like a siren song.

Situated on High Street with another shop not far in Malvern Road, amongst several well-established cafes (Cafe Latte and Husk to name but two), Cooper and Milla’s well and truly holds its own. Free of gimmicks, the cafe prides itself on providing great food made from quality ingredients. The crisp, white walls are bare, save for a bold vintage poster and wooden shelves bearing jams and spreads. Pleasant pop streams from the stereo and the windowsill is lined with potted plants.

Food hails from the Middle East (freekeh and labna salad) to Asia (prawn pad Thai), via classic comfort fare (hearty sausage rolls). Customers also have the option of compiling their favourite dishes in a take-home hamper, perfect for lunch on the run or gifts for a friend.

Cooper and Milla’s-Broadsheet, April 2011

The Orchard-Broadsheet, April 2011

Photography: Josie Withers

The Orchard Food & Wine Bar

After sauntering through the rustic dining area and into the courtyard at The Orchard Food & Wine Bar, one would not be surprised to come across its namesake, such is the character of the space.

The interior, too, fits nicely with the theme. Ornamental gardening tools decorate one wall, while the other plays host to an enticing specials board. Customers are invited to sit at sturdy wooden tables laden with dishes of sugar cubes and rock salt, and fresh country blooms sprouting from striking tin jugs.

The restaurant offers lunch until 5pm, and opens for dinner until 11pm. On Saturdays they open an extra hour early to accommodate the weekend breakfast crowd.

Specials change daily at The Orchard and might include broccoli and gorgonzola soup or white anchovy and peperonata bruschetta. There are plenty of highlights on the permanent menu as well, including the brioche doughnuts with double cream and strawberry jam.

The cafe/wine bar, which boasts an impressive wine and beer list, also has happy hour between 5pm and 7pm and plays host to occasional events such as the degustation evenings held in the dining room.

The Orchard Food and Wine Bar