One of Australia’s favourite Gelateria’s Gelato Messina opened its second Melbourne store in Richmond on 11 June. Located on Swan street, next to the new Dimmey’s redevelopment, it means that those south of the river can get their hands on the delicious gelato flavours that many have lined up for in Fitzroy!


Gelato Messina Richmond

164 Swan Street, Richmond 3121

Image from Gelato Messina




One of Melbourne’s buzziest food strips welcomes back a local icon as The Astor on Carlton’s Lygon Street reopens with an innovative new restaurant and bar concept. Within The Astor is The Roving Marrow dining room is the new restaurant by restaurateur Darran Smith and head chef Hayden McMillan. The Roving Marrow pairs produce-driven, contemporary European cuisine with interactive, yum cha-style service.

With over 30 years’ experience between them, working in top restaurants around the globe, Smith and McMillan delivers a unique dining experience that aims to break down the formality of fine dining and bring the fun back to food. The menu is designed to share with a wide assortment of smaller dishes served via trolley and tray and more substantial mains, as well as cheese and dessert, à La Carte.

The Astor is open for lunch and dinner service at The Roving Marrow or customers can stop by just for a drink at the front bar where an inspiring collection of wines, cocktails and ten draught beers will be on offer. Joining the wine and cocktail lists is a carefully curated tea menu which aims to honour the traditional role tea plays in yum cha service as a palate cleanser and digestive but with an unexpected twist. All tea styles will be covered, including a cold brewed kombucha iced tea, and The Astor’s exclusive house-blend black tea created in collaboration with tea specialist Heirs + Graces.


The Astor featuring The Roving Marrow Dining Room

418 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053

(03) 9347 7419



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Convenience and quality are the focus of Saint Kilda’s newest takeaway attraction – the Saint Kilda Burger Bar (STKBB), which will open on June 15 in the Grosvenor Hotel drive-through. The first of its kind to be situated in a pub drive through in Melbourne, the STKBB will serve a range of burgers, including a vegetarian option (Mr Fun Guy) and a junior burger, all served on Lievito milk buns and priced from $12 – $15. Their signature burger – The Grosvenor – was created by Head Chef Paul Tyas, and features his grandma’s ketchup recipe and a secret white sauce.

This burger is the most popular burger inside the pub, selling close to 200 per week. In line with the Grosvenor Hotel’s commitment to sourcing, ageing and preparing premium cuts of beef, the burgers will be made of 100 per cent certified grass fed Angus beef.

The burger bar is the latest addition to the growing Grosvenor empire, which already consists of a flourishing pub offering, a diverse and exciting range of icy cold beer, due to a brilliant beer system, a wood fired oven, and a range of dining areas for casual meals and private events; alongside the Grosvenor Grocery and Bottle Shop drive through store which has been operational since December.

On-line, St Kilda Burger Bar will be positioned as the official home of burgers in Melbourne, thanks to its unique domain name:

10 Brighton Road,  St. Kilda VIC open 3pm till late daily.

(03) 9531 1542


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