Weekender 28 September
7 things you need to know this weekend
Mamak | 366 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne| (03) 9670 3137 | 7 days 11.30am-2.30pm & 5.30pm-10pm | mamak.com.au
You don’t visit newly opened Mamak for the vast, cafeteria hall space; you visit for the roti. Already a successful Malaysian hot spot in Sydney, Mamak just opened on Lonsdale Street and it already has the crowds packing in. The expertly made roti with everything from satay to sambal is nothing less than addictive, and all the more delicious thanks to the cheap eats price tag. There are other Malaysian dishes such as fish curry, noodles and nasi lemak and you can subdue the spice with a glass of teh tarik, milk tea made with condensed milk. If you’re not all roti’d-out, finish with a sugary cone of buttery dessert roti.
Oldie but a goldie
Danny’s Burgers | 360 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North| (03) 9481 5847
Danny’s Burgers were cool long before the dude food movement took over the world. They’ve been banging out burgers since 1945, so they’ve obviously nailed the formula. This retro burger joint will bring back nostalgic memories for anyone who used to binge on burgers in the good ol’ days. Chose from beef or chicken, then add all the usual suspects like cheese, tomato, egg, bacon, pineapple and onion. Did we mention they do “double lot” and “triple lot” hamburgers? Bring a bib.
Do & See
Monochrome| No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane | Oct 4-14 | nickthomm.com
After showcasing his unique style in London and Hong Kong, young talent Nick Thomm is bringing it home in his first solo exhibition in the city. His work blends digital, print and traditional mediums to create a colourful collection of mixed media artwork. The name of the exhibit is ironic indeed: expect large scale neon pieces, limited edition prints and sculptural installations. The official opening is at 6.30pm this Thursday. All the cool kids will be there.
Unplugged at Touché Hombre| Cnr Lonsdale Street and Tattersalls Lane, CBD| Sept 24-29 from 8pm-late | (03) 9663 0811 | touchehombre.com.au
One of our favourite Mexican restaurants (and easily the coolest), Touché Hombre, is going all ‘community’ on us, in a good way. Tonight and tomorrow night are your last chance to check out the second series of Unplugged, which supports local musicians. Tonight you can get your groove on to Gaz Kempster on percussion, while tomorrow Son3 will be in the taquería. Tunes, tacos and tequila… what’s not to love?
Out of town
Yarra Valley Spring Graze Farmers Lunch | Oakridge Wines 864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream | Sept 29, 12.30pm-4pm | (03) 9738 9900 | $55 per person | oakridgewines.com.au
If you want to escape footy fever in Melbourne this weekend, head to the Yarra Valley for the Spring Graze Farmers Lunch. Perhaps you prefer regional produce matched to Oakridge Wines to meat pies and cans of VB? Either way, we won’t judge. On the menu are seasonal tasting platters followed by locally bred beef from the Little Creek Cattle Company & rare breed pork from The Good Life farm initiative in Chum Creek. Finish with house made petit fours, and no checking the footy score on your phone during lunch, thank you very much. Bookings essential.
LuxBiteBrunch: 2 people $15 | plus 50% off macaron | Buy now|
When Yen Yee and Bernard of LuxBite do something they do it well. This sweet filled South Yarra favourite has recently renovated and with that renovation we bring you this exclusive offer – valid for the 1st 100 buyers only and designed to show off their inspired treats of both the sweet and savoury kind.
Why we love it:
Jorg is a joint venture between the ex-head chef of Jacques Reymond, Michael Smith, and ex sous chef of Church Street Enoteca, Bryce Bernhardt.
The share-style entrees here are very impressive. Winner dishes include zucchini flowers, flior di latte, white anchovy, heirloom tomato salad as well as the fig carpaccio, prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola panna cotta and crystalised walnuts. For mains, the twice cooked half duck with porcini fregola, cherry jus and caloro nero is the pick. Finish off with the dessert of bomboloni, with lemon custard and stewed plums.