Marrickville’s Barzaari to Open a Second Restaurant in Chippendale

Inner West’s beloved Eastern Mediterranean restaurant Barzaari is opening a new branch in Chippendale.

The Marrickville joint will open the doors of its new branch at the former Kensington Street Social space in the Old Clare Hotel on October 30.

Barzaari Chippendale will be a 120-seater with “raw and exposed” interior.

Just like the original Addison Road place, the Chippendale eatery will bring a modern take on Cyprus, Syrian, Lebanese, and Egyptian cuisines with a menu of shared small and large plates. The bar will also have its own menu, covering snacks such as oysters, sliced bottarga and stinging nettle and white-pepper parcels.

“People can pop in for snacks or drinks and then move to the table for a larger meal,” Darryl Martin, executive chef and co-owner of Barzaari with Andrew Jordanou and hotelier Loh Lik Peng told Broadsheet.

Kensington Street Social will be closing on October 21, around six months after the departure of British chef Jason Atherton.


Recipes: Best Soups

Sometimes you just want a hug in a bowl. Soups are one of the most comforting foods – a nutritious feed perfect for cold weathers and bad days. Here are my favourite soup recipes that will you’re your stomach and heart…

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Soup by Robust Recipes

With oven-roasted tomatoes and pan-charred peppers, this soup is great on its own or served with bread.


Creamy Roasted Mushroom and Brie Soup by Closet Cooking

The earthy flavour of mushrooms meets the creaminess of brie and milk and the freshness of garlic and thyme. Delish!


Cauliflower Sweet Potato Turmeric Soup by Running on Real Food

Although it’s good (and packed with nutrition) on its own, the roasted chickpea topping gives the dish a yummy crunch.


Pea and Broccoli Miso Soup by Nourish Everyday

Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this. The creamy pea pairs really well with the savory flavour of miso.


Chicken Noodle Soup by Confetti and Bliss

The fulfilling chicken content – from the stock, bouillon and the shredded breast meat – will keep you satiated and warm for a while.

Betty’s Burgers is Giving Out A Year Worth of Burger Supply

How would you like a year of free burgers? You might want to check out this competition this weekend.

To celebrate National Burger Day on the coming Monday, Betty’s Burgers will give one $30 meal for free every week for a year to a lucky winner.

Want to enter? Upload a picture of your Betty’s Burger on Instagram between April 25-27, give it a proper hashtag (#yearofbettys) and tag and follow Betty’s Burgers account. The most creative image will get the coveted prize!

This offer is available from all Betty’s stores across Australia. For more information, visit Betty’s Burgers website.

Melbourne’s 8bit Burger is Coming to Sydney

Sydney’s burger enthusiasts rejoice – another franchise is coming to town.

Melbourne’s video game-themed burger joint 8bit is opening in Darling Harbour’s new eatery street, Steam Mill Lane. Chef Shayne McCallum, who co-founded the joint in 2014 in Footscray with Alan Sam, said the new outpost brought 8bit to a new level. “This is our biggest and baddest store,” McCallum told Broadsheet. “It’s massive compared to Footscray and I think it’s looking pretty fantastic.”

The Sydney store maintains the 8bit blue, yellow and orange pixel design, added with thematic décor that pays attribute to the final level of Super Mario Bros. It boasts 130 seats as well as two arcade machines for fun times all around.

In terms of food, expect to see 8bit’s classic burger menu, such as Zelda (chickpea, corn and quinoa patty), Golden Axe (fried chicken, cheese, sriracha mayo and slaw) and Fatal Fury (hotdog with a chilli and cheese kransky, cheese sauce, chilli beef and jalapeños).

8bit opens daily from 11am-11pm.

Recipes: Best Salmon Mains

When it comes to healthy fish, we all know salmon is the top contender. Being an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, salmon helps reduce risks of heart disease and high blood pressure. However, it might get a bit boring to just serve salmon plainly. Here are a few ideas to spice up your salmon dinners…


Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles by Chopstick Chronicles

As the salmon is marinated overnight with miso, mirin and sake, this dish will bring deep Japanese flavour to the table.


Salmon and Quinoa Bowls with Kale and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe

Hop on the health train with this recipe! The lightly seared salmon is paired with kale and tahini, carrots and Greek yogurt-based sauce.


Salmon Gratin by Contemplating Sweets

Make your salmon more indulgent with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and milk-based sauce.


Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon by The Healthy Foodie

Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. The blend of walnuts and salmon skin creates a texture to remember.


Quick Salmon Patties by Zen and Spice

If you don’t have the fresh kind, this is a great way to peruse canned salmon. Put them in burger buns, serve with rice or eat as is!


Salmon Quiche by Frugal Mom Eh

It’s a great comfort food all-around – egg-y, creamy but still full of nutrition. Experiment with the depth of the quiche for thicker, more fulfilling portion.


Pan Seared Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce by Eatwell101

Fragrant and rich in flavours, this will be a big hit at dinner parties.

Singapore’s Hawker Chan is Coming to Melbourne

The famous Singaporean food stall Hawker Chan is coming to Melbourne in October.

Hawker Chan is the brainchild of chef Chan Hon Meng, whose Hong Kong-style street food was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Meng has partnered with Hersing Culinary group to create branches of quick-service restaurants in numerous countries, including Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Melbourne branch will be a 100-seater at Lonsdale Street, featuring an almost identical menu to the original stall in Singapore such as soy chicken, char siu, rice and noodles. Meng will also fly out to Australia for the opening night.

Sources: GoodFood, Delicious

Recipes: Best Vegan Pasta Dishes

Pasta is one of those rare dishes that are fulfilling, indulgent and yet still full of healthy nutrition. However, often pasta dishes are not very accessible to vegans, thanks to the frequent use of cheese, cream and meat. Fortunately, there are a lot of tricks that you can do to make your pasta delicious and vegan. Check out these recipes to get inspired!

Ratatouille Spaghetti

Source: Wallflower Kitchen

Give your pasta a bit of a French taste with this one. You can use regular spaghetti or change it up with chickpea/corn spaghetti to make the dish gluten-free.


Mushroom Stroganoff

Source: Natural Girl Modern World

When it comes to pasta topping, nothing beats some juicy button mushrooms.


Mediterranean One Pot Pasta

Source: My Vibrant Kitchen

Tomatoes, olives, capers… With all these rich flavours, who needs meat?


White Mac and Cheese

Source: This Savory Vegan

Mac and cheese needs not be a carnivore meal. Add some red pepper flakes if you need an extra ‘kick’.


Vegan Cannelloni

Source: Cilantro and Citronella

The pasta is not filled with meat like usual, but root vegetables (sweet potato, carrots and turnips) and romesco sauce.


Which one will you be cooking this week?