Photography: Josie Withers
Olie&Ari Cafe Opens in Brighton
A new cafe in Brighton brings the industrial chic of Windsor to the Were Street strip in Brighton.
Ararat Avakian is undoubtedly a jack-of-all-trades. The Armenian descendant and former owner of 80 Spaces in Windsor has just opened new cafe Olie&Ari, and his fingerprints are all over the space.
Operating on Brighton’s Were Street, Olie&Ari was renovated entirely by Ararat and cousin Sevan. The industrial style fit-out features raw, exposed brick walls, caged pendant lights sourced from Japan, a cosy courtyard complete with modgrass floor (perfect for warm summer outings), and beautiful, wooden hanging lamps by industrial designer Sevan.
Currently open for breakfast and lunch (with plans to expand to dinner in the coming months), the menu offers such delights as brioche French toast with citrus salad and orange blossom crème fraiche; Armenian breakfast pizza with pastirma, kasseri cheese and egg; hot pressed flat breads filled with lamb and pistachio meatloaf or roasted pumpkin; and a range of delicious baguettes, soups and salads.
The Olie&Ari team also operates a small retail space in the café filled with Spacecraft products, as well as a soon-to-be-opened function space for intimate dining events.
Olie&Ari-Broadsheet, 24th June 2011
Photography: Josie Withers
Former Hotel Max Owners Launch a New Restaurant in Richmond
Bess offers customers fine European dining in a sleek setting.
Kate Krauss-Mitchell and husband Brendon Mitchell are no strangers to delicious dining. The latest incarnation from the former owners of Hotel Max in Commercial Road, Bess is a causal yet elegant brasserie in Swan Street Richmond, offering European cuisine in a number of guises.
Kate, who is also head chef, has created an inspired menu that reflects her stints living in France and Belgium, as well as European delights encountered on overseas sojourns with Brendon. Dishes range from homemade gnocchi, charcuterie plates, classic vitello-tonnato of veal and taramosalata, and the house favourite, spaghetti marinara. An elegant wine list is also available to compliment all meals.
The restaurant itself is housed in an old bank and has a cosy ambience, which is enhanced by high ceilings, a huge brass bar and roaring fireplace. Bess’s branding is clean and cool and was created by Marilyn & Sons, the creative agency behind the identities of Richmond’s Sophie Gannon Gallery and Australian thriller flick Red Hill.
Bess-Broadsheet, 16th June, 2011
Biodynamic Wine at Grove & Vine
Grove & Vine Providore opens on Yarra Lane showcasing the bounty of boutique winemakers producing organic and biodynamic wine.
It’s easy to see that proprietors Sherri Dickinson and Roger Duncan of new wine store Grove & Vine Providore in South Yarra’s up-and-coming Yarra Lane enjoy a glass of wine. The couple speak of shiraz and sparkling with a twinkle in their eye.
The former owners of Superfino Delicatessen in the CBD have opened Grove & Vine to celebrate the work of boutique wineries and vineyards that embrace organic and biodynamic grape growing from all over Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Unlike many bottle shops, the offering is small, but each bottle has been selected with the utmost care and attention to detail, drawing on an assortment of old world wines made in an old-school fashion and wines of the new world that take the traditional techniques and adapt them to modern times. Regionally themed wine tastings are on every day.
Sherri and Roger are always up for a chat about their wines and are happy to offer suggestions on bottles best paired with their selection of delicious gourmet produce also available on site, such as Martelli pasta and Saskia Beer free range bacon.
Grove and Vine-Broadsheet, 8th June, 2011
Photography: Her Pony
To Market, To Market
Taking its cues from a London icon, a new weekend market opens in South Yarra.
As marketplaces go, this new Melbourne incarnation has the potential to be one of the greats. Modelled on London’s famed Spitalfields Market and hidden in Oak Place near bustling Chapel Street, the compact South Yarra Market houses a number of stalls showcasing contemporary craft by up and coming local makers, all available to purchase.
Unlike some markets, awash with cheap trinkets and garments well beyond their use-by date, South Yarra’s stallholders offer a range of high quality goods including fashion, art, vinyl and vintage that may be well loved but is still in good nick. The market opens for business at the civilised hour of 11am, so buyers can enjoy a luxurious sleep-in before trawling through tables with like-minded bargain hunters.
There’s a food stall set up alongside a mishmash of lounge chairs, where visitors can enjoy soup or poffertje (mini Dutch pancakes), washed down with a comforting mulled wine or mug of Columbian coffee.
Whilst the opening weekend saw the market get off to a leisurely start we predict rapid growth ahead. Best to get in before the secret gets out.
To arrange a stall, visit the South Yarra Market website.
South Yarra Market-Broadsheet, 8th June, 2011