New Openings || AUGUST

In the past couple of weeks I've veered off my usual turf and uncovered a few gems in other parts of town for Good Food Epicure. Here they are..

Image: LadyBoy

Image: LadyBoy

LadyBoy, Richmond - only open a couple of weeks, it's a cheeky take on mod-Thai with ex-Longrain and Easy Tiger chefs on the pans (win). The rum-glazed pork hock was worth fighting over and the kaffir lime meringue tart is just plain illegal. Eat. It. Now. Read more in this week's Epicure (print only).

So & So, Travancore - this is what happens when two nice hospo pros decide to open a simple-but-good cafe in their local neighbourhood. Warren and Rodrigo have a wealth of experience behind them that includes time at places like Gill's Diner, Rockpool and London's Pied a Terre, among others. What's more, Rodrigo's wife is from my Dad's hometown (Terang). and Warren's Chinese-born parents named him after my own hometown (Warrnambool) - where they once ran a Chinese restaurant. How cool is that?

Warren and Rodrigo from So & So Cafe in Travancore

Warren and Rodrigo from So & So Cafe in Travancore

il Melograno, Westgarth - OK, so this one is in my 'hood, but I simply must mention it. il Melograno (Italian for pomegranate) is a proper, Sicilian-style artisan gelateria, with a proper Sicilian (called Marco) on the churn. It's is a rarity in this town; Carpigiani-style commercial gelato from Bologna is much more common, and along with that usually comes all manner of syrups, concentrates and artificial flavours. Not so with the Sicilian variation. These dudes keep it fresh, seasonal and senza additives.

Italian-Australian owner, Carl Fodera poached third-gen gelataio, Marco Enea from his parents' clutches while on a reconnaissance mission in Sicily last year, and while his mama is probably still weeping into her affogato every night, we now get to eat the good stuff. Read my Epicure piece here.

Hello Sailor, Hawthorn - Noisette pastries, Seven Seeds coffee, fancy Eades & Bergman fit out plus a super friendly ex-naval medic running the show - what more do you want?! Spicy gingerbread milkshakes? Yup, you can have one of those too. Read my Epicure bite here.