Saké Restaurant & Bar is celebrating the arrival of spring and the stunning sakura, or cherry blossom, with an exclusive Champagne dinner and special cocktails available throughout September. Saké The Rocks in Sydney, Saké Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane and Saké Hamer Hall in Melbourne are also ushering in spring with stunning floral displays in each bar in a breathtaking ode to the sakura.

Guests can enjoy cherry blossom soirées beneath canopies of pink petals and choose from five cocktails inspired by these fabled Japanese flowers. Cherry Blossom cocktails are also available at Saké Flinders Lane and Saké Double Bay.

 In Bloom ($22) blends sakura-infused Roku gin, lychee liqueur, lime juice, lychees, cherry and sakura flower syrup
 Signature Cherry ($23) is a decadent combination of vodka, Sakura Vermouth and cherry shrub
 Japanese Cobbler ($21) combines Shiso Umeshu, Ketel One Citroen, sakura syrup, yuzu juice and cherry blossom
 Blushing Blossom ($22) mixes whisky, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Choya Uji Green Tea Umeshu, honey water, yuzu
juice, passionfruit and egg white
 Red Kuchibiru ($22) combines shochu kome with cherry shrub and glühwein mix

Cherry Blossom Champagne dinners ($290pp) will be held at Saké Eagle Street Pier (Tuesday, 11 September), Saké Hamer Hall (Wednesday, 12 September) and Saké The Rocks (Tuesday, 18 September) from 6.30pm. The menu is a collaboration of Saké’s Head Chefs who each contributed a dish to the exquisite six-course menu.

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 The team at Richmond favourite Hanoi Hannah New Quarter are taking everything Melburnians love about the ‘yum cha’ tradition and putting a Vietnamese spin on it.

With small bites flying out of the kitchen, guests are encouraged to stay for both a long time and a good time.

Top menu picks to satiate a Sunday stomach include:

●      Pho cuon; lemongrass beef rolled in rice noodle sheets with thai basil and house made pickles

●      Crispy pork belly on soft vermicelli served with a green nuoc mam

●      Crispy soft shell crab salad, green apple, chilli caramel and garlic crumb

●      Everchanging Sunday bao bun

Daredevil diners can sink their teeth into off-menu items, with the kitchen team to use Sunday service to test new dishes on willing participants.

Weekend warriors wishing to party on or those in need of the hair of the dog can sip bottomless* beer, Aperol Spritz’ and Mimosas is an (optional) extra for $39pp.

Coloured plates will indicate the cost of each dish with prices ranging from $6 – $12.


●      Sunday, 2 September, and every Sunday thereafter

●      Noon – 5pm

●      Hanoi Hannah New Quarter, 79 Swan Street, Richmond, 3121

●      Pay as high as you plate, with dishes priced from $6 – $12 on offer alongside a limited core menu and (optional) bottomless booze available; free flowing* Aperol Spritz, Beers and Mimosas for two hours at $39pp

More details, including booking information is available via and



Asado, the latest venture from the team behind South American favourites San Telmo, Pastuso and Palermo brings contemporary Argentinian barbeque to Southbank, with a menu from Executive Chef Ollie Gould.

An open fire pit and three metre bespoke charcoal parrilla grill will be the spiritual and culinary centre of Asado – Argentinian patois denoting both the style and occasion of slow-cooked barbeque. The cowboy cousin in this restaurant family follows the philosophy of its sibling venues, with a menu showcasing premium meats including O’Connors beef, lamb from Gippsland and Western Plains pork.

Where Palermo has Italian leanings, Asado spices things up with Spanish flair. Aperitivo afternoons at Asado are no sleepy siesta – diners can pair jamon boards, high-grade imported tinned seafood and pintxos-style small bites with deep glasses of sangria, Andalusian sherry or Patagonian Pilsner.

Coming soon, Asado’s accompanying Sandwicheria will offer casual bites to service surrounding offices and Southbank strollers, separate from the main dining room.

6 Riverside Quay Southbank 3006

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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: Twitter: @kath_couturing Instagram: @kath_ng

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