HEINEKEN CITY SHAPER’S FESTIVAL
The Heineken City Shaper’s Festival is a new exciting event which will be held in Melbourne on 4 August. Heineken fans can win their way into the festival for a worldly adventure through some of the most unique experiences the world’s most vibrant cities have to offer.
Heineken fans are invited on a special journey alongside some familiar Australian faces, starting at Southern Cross train station. Guests will board an exclusive Heineken train before being transported to a secret location, where Heineken will transform an unassuming venue into a dynamic festival space, full of intrigue and world discovery. There will be a number of unique experiences at the event, from the vibe of bustling Asian cities to a trendy jazz club in New York and dazzling performances. Guests will be in for an epic night as Heineken finishes with a performance from a surprise international act.
You can enter here for your chance to win tickets and be part of the exciting Heineken City Shapers Festival on 4 August 2016.
FRATELLI FRESH AND THE CUT STEAKHOUSE OPEN AT THE ALFRED
Melbourne’s first FratelliFresh restaurant and The Cut Steakhouse has opened over two spectacular heritage-featured floors at The Alfred. From the alfresco laneway dining façade at 7 Alfred Place, a grand foyer, spectacular dry aging room and ground floor Fratelli Fresh, to the dramatic staircase that leads guests to The Cut’s classic New York steakhouse inspired space and adjoining bar, the two-storey heritage building is as rich in culinary credentials as it is in stylish spaces for public dining or private hire.
Diners can enjoy the casual charm and good value for which Fratelli is famed from a light-filled, laid-back dining room with signature red and white décor. The menu boasts over 25 dishes for under $20 and a six-course menu for $55. Seated at the horse shoe-shaped, marble-topped pizza counter guests can watch 48-hour, natural fermented, hand stretched, thin-crust pizzas topped with premium ingredients pulled from the warm glow of the wood-fired oven. The produce-driven opening menu spans everything from antipasti, to pasta and risotto, and wood-grilled premium meats and fish. Guests can ease their way into dinner at Fratelli Bar during aperitivo hour from 3pm-6pm, when $5 wine, beer and spirits are on offer, alongside $10 Spritzers and Negroni on tap.
From the foyer, a grand staircase leads to a first-floor vestibule where guests can enjoy a casual drink. From here, enter The Cut and be transported to an elegant New York-style steakhouse with parquetry and black and white marble tiled floors; rich, deep-green, leather-upholstered, custom-made banquettes and chairs and luxurious curtains. The menu excels in char as much as the restaurant does in charm. There are 10 cuts of beef from five top-tier farms, including boutique Victorian producer Seven Creeks Wagyu that supplies The Cut exclusively with premium scotch fillet and flank steak. Hand-selected cuts from 36-month grass-fed cattle from Cape Grim in Tasmania, 270-day grain-fed Black Market Rangers beef, 150-day grain-fed John Dee scotch fillet, and full-blood wagyu from Robbins Island, Tasmania complete a portfolio of Australia’s beefiest pleasures.
Steaks can be paired with one of nine sauces and condiments and 10 different sides, including buttermilk onion rings, hand-cut chips, roasted mushrooms and slow-roasted leeks. The menu also features Dorper lamb, Great Ocean free-range duck and oysters from boutique producers, including limited-release Hidden Cove oysters from Tasmania.
An adjoining bar called The Library is just the place to relax with one of The Cut’s quintessential cocktails. Guests can also globe-trot the impressive 300-strong wine list that includes natural produced local Victorian wines; a collection of over 80 of the world’s finest whiskies, including those from Australia and Tasmania; and local and international craft and bottled beers.
Fratelli Fresh and The Cut, 7 Alfred Pl, Melbourne VIC 3004
Melbournians seeking a taste of old-world glamour and sophisticated style can now enter into the world of ‘Runya’s Room’, the latest arrival at Melbourne’s newest fashion and dining destination, St Collins Lane.
This champagne bar and high-tea saloon fusion is the perfect place to take a break or relax after a hard day’s work shopping at the likes of cult overseas brands REISS, Sandro Paris, The Kooples and Maje, whom have all recently opened at the luxury fashion flagship.
Open seven days per week and named after the owner’s late wife, who unfortunately was unable to see her vision reach its completion, Runya’s Room will be serving the finest champagne and delectable delights, including their famed selection of macarons and Petit Fours.
Even though Victorian-era dresses, lacy hats and matching parasols of the bygone high-tea bars are no longer; patrons can immerse in this sense of adorable glamour inside Runya’s Room and enjoy a traditional high-tea sitting.