A Pop-Up Sweets Museum is Coming to Sydney

After hitting Melbourne and Brisbane, the pop-up dessert museum is finally coming to Sydney.

Sugar Republic is bringing a range of events to make every sweet tooth’s childhood dream come true: a day full of chocolate, confectionery and desserts with a fairy floss room, a giant birthday cake to jump out of, a life-sized gum ball machine, a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge, an interactive sprinkles wall and many more. It’s like a Willy Wonka factory, without the trickeries.

Tickets will go on sale next month for the event, which will hit a Myer store in February 2019.

Event: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts’ 4th Birthday Celebration

Looking for a good bite this weekend? Shortstop Coffee & Donuts are giving away free dough rings to celebrate their birthday.

In celebration of the joint’s fourth birthday, Shortstop is giving away 1,000 free doughnuts from its Sydney and Melbourne stores on Saturday. The offering, which you can get with every purchase, is a vanilla-bean cake doughnut with sprinkles and a vanilla glaze, reminiscent of childhood ice-cream birthday cakes.

Get your freebie from 8.30am to 6.30pm, or until sold out. For more information, visit here.

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.

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

Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne

As the city with the highest number of people with Italian ancestry in Australia, Melbourne is famous for the cuisine. From Sicilian to Calabrian, Melbourne has all the joints that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Here are five best Italian restaurants in Melbourne:

Rosetta Ristorante

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8 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

With immaculate interior and great service, this restaurant by Neil Perry indeed satisfies all of our expectations. Enjoy the grilled prawns as you look over the Yarra river, and finish your meal with Torrone al Cioccolato.

 

Il Solito Posto

113 Collins St, CBD

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Once you enter the premises, the atmosphere will make you feel as if you are in Europe. With great service and buzzing vibe, it’s a great place for dinner with your friends. Don’t forget to order the beef ragu and the linguine frutti.

 

Pasta Adagio (formerly known as Osteria la Passione)

486 Bridge Road, Richmond

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With fresh, organic produce, Adagio’s range of antipasti and pasta should not be missed.

 

Bar Idda

132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

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This homey Sicilian spot will make you feel as though you are visiting your grandmother’s house for dinner. It is one restaurant in Lygon Street that you should not miss – with affordable price and a great range of quality wines, you could not go wrong.

 

Tipo 00

361 Little Bourke Street, CBD

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What keeps the place packed with enthusiastic customers is the succulent range of pasta. The highlight is the squid ink pasta, which is cooked to al dente perfection with rich, bold flavour. Don’t forget to order the coffee at the end of your meal – the robust, bitter taste will serve as a great finish.

Best Fish and Chips Spots in Melbourne

Who doesn’t love the classic fish and chips? In the summer heat, eating fish and chips with cold drinks is always a great thing to do – be it by the beach, in a cool bistro, or inside a tuck shop. However, where in Victoria’s capital can we find the tastiest of this combo? Here’s a list for the best fish and chips in Melbourne.

Tank

149 Lygon Street, Melbourne

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One of Lygon Street’s institutions, Tank has also opened a new joint in Emporium. Although it might be on the expensive side, the juicy scallops and the great service are worth it.

 

Hunky Dory

181 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

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Simple as the place may be, Hunky Dory will leave you wanting more with one of the best beer-battered fish in the city.

 

Tommy Ruff

1/3 Carre Street, Elsternwick

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This relaxed and casual Elsternwick shop is always buzzing with customers. The food and deep fried goods come at a very affordable price, too – aside from the fish and chips, don’t forget to order the oysters as well as salt and pepper calamari.

 

Hooked

172 Chapel Street, Windsor

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For your ideal fish and chips – crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside – look no further than Hooked. For a twist, also order the panko-crumbed fish burgers and the salt and pepper calamari on the side. It’s advisable to come in during lunch time for special deals.

 

Blu by Australian Seafood Fish and Chippery

146 Gaffney Street, Coburg

Source: Blu by Australian Seafood Fish & Chippery

Fish or salad? At Blu, you can have the best of both worlds, with fresh ingredients and generous portioning.