ORRONG HOTEL REOPENS
Standing proud on the corner of Orrong Road and High Street is Armadale’s iconic Orrong Hotel; which after three years of closure has officially reopened its doors with new owners and given a breath of fresh life. With a status amongst the local community that precedes its 150-year tenure, the beloved pub is now run by publicans Matt Vero and Scott Connolly, who both individually have strong ties with pubs; with Matt also a co-owner of Marquis of Lorne, Union House and Mt Erica Hotel; and Scott owner of the Moore St Tavern, Moe and comes from a long line of publicans (his great-grandmother was the second woman in Victoria to get a liquor license).
Leading the kitchen is Head Chef Phillip Latta, previously of Pure South and Wolfe & Malone, who has designed a menu reflective of great pub food that has been well executed, with all the classics making an appearance. Everything from the famed chicken schnitzel, an Orrong angus beef burger, philly cheese steak sandwich and “Fable” mushroom burger, each, along with every dish on the menu, given an Orrong Hotel twist.
Taking cues from the great, traditional pubs in Australia, Orrong Hotel is deep and moody, and offers a variety of spaces for whatever the mood. There’s the Public Bar with its commanding original bar with TV screens throughout, patrons can catch a game at the Sports Bar, both make for the perfect place to settle in, any time of day and season of the year, and let life pass by, with hours seeming like seconds.
Like any good pub, Orrong Hotel have a line-up of weeknight specials, from a $19 Burger & Pot on a Tuesday; $20 Pot and Parma on a Wednesday; Thursday night is steak night where for $24 you can enjoy a rump with chips and your choice of sauce; and if a wing is more your thing, you can start the weekend with 1⁄2 a kilo of hot wings for $15 on a Friday. There is also the return of the classic Sunday roast, changing each week and coming with all the trimmings for just $25.
Orrong Hotel is open from 11.30am, 7 days a week.
Address: 709 High St, Armadale
Opening Hours: 11.30am every day, Monday to Sunday
PRAHRAN MARKET’S SIZZLEFEST RETURNS
Prahran Market is excited to announce that things will be getting a little hotter at the Market next month with the return of Sizzlefest. Held from 18th to 20th March, the event will celebrate everything BBQ with pop-up food stalls in Market Square, Deed’s Brewery beer garden, demonstrations, entertainment and, of course the annual Sausage Tasting Competition. Over the three days, Market Square will be the ultimate destination for the best BBQ food and grilled eats to satisfy any appetite, including Berbeo Bros, The Que Club and Hoy Pinoy. Guests can relax in the Deed’s Brewing Beer Garden on the mezzanine while listening to live music.
The Friday evening session on 18th March will be ticketed, with tickets priced $10 and guests receiving a reusable cutlery pack on entry to use at the event and take home. Roving close-up magic from Anthony De Masi and fire twirling by Mariko will keep everyone entertained. On Saturday Market-goers can learn some tips from the experts with demonstrations all afternoon. Bente Grysbaek will show how to cook with fire with two sessions in Market Square, while Gary’s Meats, The Que Club and Berbeo Bros will be demonstrating in the Market Kitchen in the centre of Harvest Hall. The Annual Sausage Tasting Competition will take place on the Sunday, but with a different format to previous years which have seen crowds of over 200 people queuing to taste the snags created by the butchers of Bracher Arcade. The tasting will be ticketed across three sessions starting at 1pm and the Sausage of the Year will be announced at 3pm. Tickets are priced $5, the proceeds of which will be donated to Secondbite and all tasters will receive a Prahran Market bag to take home. There are only 100 tickets available so those eager to take part and vote for the winning sausage should get in quick.
Tickets for the Friday evening session and the annual Sausage Tasting Competition are available via the Prahran Market website https://www.prahranmarket.com.au/event/sizzlefest-2022/
Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra