It’s safe to say, Melbourne is a city of foodies. Willing to wait for up to two hours to eat at some of the hottest dining spots in town, whether it’s Italian, Japanese or Spanish food, Melburnians love it all. Aware of Melbourne’s love of food, MasterChef Indonesia’s Arnold Poernomo thought there was no better place to bring his love of Indonesian cooking. He has teamed up with Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar Head Chef Christy Tania, to create an exciting pop-up restaurant collaboration at the famed restaurant located in the heart of the Adelphi Hotel.

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No stranger to MasterChef herself after appearing on the Australian version, Tania has quickly developed a reputation as one of country’s top chefs. The partnership with Poernomo is set to create culinary magic. Poernomo and Tania’s collaboration makes the first under The Kitchen Collective banner, a concept which is to be carried on over the next year.

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First up, the 5 course degustation consisting of mains created by Poernomo and desserts by Tania will be:

* Amuse bouche matched with Napolean & Co Pear Cider (Methode Traditional)

* Puffed wild rice with yellow tail tartare, spiced dabu dabu water, smoked salmon roe and Thai basil oil paired matched with 2013 Chalmers Vermentino

* Salt baked fish, scampi, white clams with Indonesian gulai curry broth matched with a 2012 Punt Road Chardonnay

* Seared beef with black garlic and kecap manis glaze, charred baby eggplant, shallots and Indonesian sambal matched with a 2011 Paxton ‘Granciano’ Grenache

* Caramelised banana, sweet potato & coconut broth with caramel coconut sugar, pandan and sweet spiced ice cream matched with Earl of Eastside (Gin, Elderflower, Cucumber, Earl Grey Syrup, Lime, Mint)

* Rosewater granita, avocado, coconut, pomegranate and jackfruit matched with a 2013 Foster e Rocco Rose

* Petit four with tea and coffee

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Speaking about the collaboration, Tania said “Arnold and I have been experimenting with Indonesian flavours in these dishes to ensure the savoury and sweet aspects of each course complement each other perfectly. It is an exciting concept for both our customers and the chefs – and there is nothing better than a happy chef.”

Arnold said “Often outshined by Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean flavours, it is my mission to bring the unique modern Indonesian style to the palates of Australians.”

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Poernomo’s collaboration will continue till the end of the year, then going forward, every three months, a new head chef will collaborate with Tania to design a new menu for Om Nom.

Om Nom Kitchen & Dessert Bar is located at the Adelphi Hotel which has intimate seating for 40 people so making a booking is advisable.

You can book online at the Adelphi website or call (03) 8080 8888.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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