Simon Winfield, Tom McIntosh, Daniel Southern, Leroy Smith, Ben Avramidis

Trendy South Yarra is about to lay claim to a new hip local eatery, with the launch of dining and social venue, Sth Central, set to open in Yarra Street in early December.

Sth Central is heralded as a neighbourhood-dining destination, where the focus is on timeless, friendly hospitality in a laid-back environment. Sth Central is a surefire location for locals, those arriving at South Yarra station, or wanderers on the hunt for a relaxed terminus to enjoy top-notch food and handpicked tipple.

An engaging social hub, Sth Central is the hospitality vision of partners Tommy McIntosh and Ben Avramides (of Tommy Collins ilk), chef Simon Winfield and front- man Leroy Smith, who drew together their love and knowledge of the industry to create a space where people can gather, kick back and enjoy an effortless dining experience.

Inspired by fellow industry stalwarts, The Town Mouse and Cumulus Inc., food offerings will have a modern Australian slant focusing on local meats, fish and vegetables with fire and wood grilling. The wine list, summoned from the owners’ own passion for a decent drop, will be Australian-centric to showcase the nation’s stellar producers, with a few international varieties included to please the punters.

Daniel Southern (Est Est Est, Circa, Comme) is on board as Head Chef and has tailored a contemporary Australian menu, creating dishes with a ‘meat and three veg’ focus using progressive techniques. Small-to-medium plates offering lashings of flavour and plenty of understated finesse will be on the chef’s bill.

Injecting a good dose of activity into the Yarra Lane precinct, Sth Central will offer Parisian-style, street-front outdoor seating that’s sure to create a festive atmosphere for the impending summer months.

Situated directly opposite South Yarra station, Sth Central’s location is a big draw-card. Close to the Toorak Road shopping strip and the main public transport vein, there will be no excuse for driving to the suburb’s hottest new venue.

Open for lunch and dinner 7 days, 12.00pm – 12.00am 4 Yarra St, South Yarra



Bottomless Brunch pic

Taking inspiration from a trend that’s currently all the rage in New York and London, Saigon Sally has revolutionized the Sunday morning meal to present their unique version of the Bottomless Brunch. Appealing to fans of a lazy Sunday lunch as well as those continuing their Saturday night mischief, the exciting new offering will involve a Vietnamese Yum Cha banquet and a continuing supply of beverages.

Launching on Sunday, 22 November 2015, the Windsor favourite will serve a selection of their most popular dishes, such as the Saigon Chilli
Crabs or the Sticky Lamb Ribs. For $75pp, diners can select six of these for the table, to be accompanied by a never-ending supply of bubbles and Beer Hanoi. Bloody Marys will also be available to order.

“We wanted to change up our offering for Sundays and try something that no one else is doing in Melbourne. The Bottomless Brunch is insanely popular in the States and the UK and we’re hoping to kickstart its Australian reign right here in Windsor,” says Saigon Sally Partner, Simon Blacher.

Bottomless Brunchers will enjoy tunes from a live DJ who will play throughout the afternoon. Those who prefer a booze-free brunch may simply order the Yum Cha selection for $39.

Saigon Sally will be taking bookings for groups of all sizes.

Location: 2 Duke Street, Windsor
Time: Two sittings – 11:30am-1:30pm and 2pm-4pm Price: $75pp for 6 shared dishes, bubbles and Beer Hanoi Bookings: 03 9939 5181
Date: every Sunday, starting 22 November





Lot.1 Sydney is a three level establishment that fuses the affluence and luxury of decadent interiors with Chef Swanson’s modern take on Italian favourites and impeccably attentive service to bring a timeless style to Sydney’s CBD. This 400 capacity venues ethos of comfort and pleasure will ensure that every nook and hidden room embodies a complete experience that focuses on contemporary dining, quality spirits, liquors and cocktails (as well as a fully stocked cigar bar for those that appreciate a Cuban every once in a while).

The kitchen is being headed by famed chef Adam Swanson, who has created a menu of traditional Italian dishes using, local seasonal ingredients with a refined modern twist. Dishes will be served on share plates akin to tapas, all of which have been designed to mix and match to take you on a sensory journey guided by the knowledgeable staff.

Diners can expect fresh summertime dishes perfect for long leisurely meals such as Chef Swanson’s Kingfish Carpaccio with homemade Campari infused granita, dehydrated ruby grapefruit and crispy thin homemade Italian bread, as well as some heartier options such as Chef Swanson’s traditional Polpette a Pomodoro (the family recipe handed down from his Nonna); a fusion of pork, veal, beef, Nonna’s secret herb mix and rich 24 month aged raw milk regiano parmigiano. For those with a sweet tooth, look out for the Torta Caprese, a dense soft centred chocolate delight from the Amalfi coast with  Salsa Mou (Italian salted caramel) & black cherry sorbet.

If you are after a quick bite, the Espresso Bar provides for a more casual setting that is perfect for time-poor customers that are after quality food quickly. Pop in for an organic chicken 3 bean salad or a freshly made Vedura Panini with smoked eggplant, eggplant chips, ricotta and fresh basil.

From 5-5:30pm daily, Lot.1 Sydney will be host to the best aperitivo this side of Milan. The bar areas will be laden with moreish Italian snacks for your complimentary grazing as you sip on one of their Banana Aperol Spritzes, Negroni’s or their selected speciality cocktails.

Lot 1 – 18 – 20 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (Ph) 02 9279 3555

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Katherine Ng

Katherine is not your typical Beauty Editor. Finance consultant by day and beauty and fashion addict at all other times, Katherine spends her hard-earned money helping the Australian and international economy with her never ending pursuit of everything pretty. A keen traveller, Katherine still holds dear her Melbourne roots with an overflowing wardrobe filled with black clothes, shoes and handbags. Katherine also has a deep love of food and wine, and you can find those adventures on instagram at @thegreedykat Email: [email protected] Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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