InterContinental The Rialto: High Coffee


Disclosure: I attended courtesy of InterContinental The Rialto and Run Forrest.

I’m sure there are Melburnians out there who don’t like coffee.

Not that I know of very many. They are a rare breed.

So it’s a surprise that no one else has done this yet. Instead of having a normal afternoon/high tea – replace the tea with coffee. Brilliant. High Coffee was born.

I was invited to experience it a couple of weeks ago and trotted along to the InterContinental Rialto one Sunday afternoon with Alastair.


Gong Cha

Gong Cha

I have an obsession, and it is Gong Cha.

I don’t think I’ve ever been so addicted to – what is basically – a milk / bubble tea place.


Speigeltent: Jazz High Tea


Disclosure: My guest and I attended courtesy of Arts Centre Melbourne

Speigeltents were originally constructed in the late 19th century as mobile dance halls. And if you spend any time around the Arts Centre, you’ll see that one shows up in Melbourne between February – April, hosting a varied program of events. This one is the Famous Speigeltent, originally built in 1920 in Belgium, and it’s transported from venue to venue and constructed on site.


Suzuki Night Market

Full disclosure: most of our eats were funded by Taz, who won a competition for “VIP” access and food vouchers. Thanks for sharing your competition winnings with us, Taz!

What are you doing tonight? Do you have plans? If not – why not head to the Suzuki night market?

Run every summer at the Queen Victoria Market on Wednesday nights, the night market has hawker style food stalls, craft stalls selling clothing and jewellery, plus live entertainment.

I hadn’t visited the night market for a couple of years and it seems to have gotten bigger and busier – certainly it felt like half of Melbourne was there last week. It helped that it was a gloriously balmy night.


Hutong Dumpling Bar

People rave about the dumplings at Hutong since they opened a couple of years ago – particularly their xiao long bao. The place is so popular that you need to book if you want to eat there, and they have two sittings a night. For a dumpling restaurant. Insanity! Even crazier – it was my first ever visit there recently.

Celeste was in town for a conference, and a catch up dinner was organised with Haz, Taz, Shellie and Kat. After a billion emails back and forth trying to decide on a dinner location, Taz thankfully took control and booked us into the 6pm sitting at Hutong.


Mr Huang Jin

Remember when Melbourne was xiao long bao mad a couple of years ago?

That’s one food trend I’m happy to consume. And when Sarah posted about Mr Huang Jin’s XLBs recently, I was keen to check them out after an average XLB experience the previous week.

Mr Huang Jin are located in the Rialto tower on Collins Street, and haven’t been open for terribly long. And I feel the need to get this out of the way first: they’re not your typical dumpling restaurant where you can eat until you burst for $10. A serve of dumplings at Mr Huang Jin is $18-$20. Is it worth the extra money when you can go to a cheap cheerful place for much, much less? Well: read on.

I rocked up with Alastair and Bro on a warm Wednesday evening. We were the only table, so service was attentive, and very sweet.


Gami Chicken and Beer

A life without fried chicken is a life not worth living.

It’s true.

It’s a shame that fried chicken has been marred by the trashiness of KFC because when it’s done well, it’s a thing of delicious, delicious beauty.

At Gami, which I *finally* visited the other week, they serve Korean fried chicken and beer. While there are other dishes on the menu, with a name like Gami Chicken and Beer, what else would you be there for?


WTC Wharf Progressive Dinner + a competition

Sponsored by Nuffnang.

Why take a regular taxi to dinner when you can go via water taxi?

You can do that down at WTC Wharf, one of the latest precincts to pop up in Melbourne recently. WTC Wharf is accessible by Siddeley Street, and is located on the riverside of Melbourne’s World Trade Centre.

A bit of work has gone into making the precinct easily accessible: as well as the WTC Water Taxi service there’s also a new footbridge that links it from Spencer Street, around Crowne Plaza.

Several restaurants have opened in the precinct, and I went to check out three of the dining venues as part of a progressive dinner with a small group of other bloggers.


Electrolux Cooking School: Peter Gilmore masterclass

Disclosure: I attended the class courtesy of Electrolux.

If you want to cook like a master, you have to learn from a master, right?

Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to attend a masterclass hosted by Chef Peter Gilmore.

That’s right. THE Peter Gilmore from Quay in Sydney and one of Australia’s best chefs. Yeaaaaah.

I rocked up to the Electrolux Cooking School at the Queen Victoria Market on a beautiful Friday afternoon and was greeted with a cold glass of bubbles. Peter Gilmore was already in the kitchen, prepping away.