The News Feed: Messina in Vegas, hot Korean and McConnell movements

By
Claire Davie
Added
25 June, 2014

Messina opening in Vegas

Gelato virtuoso Nick Palumbo and his Gelato Messina team are expanding to the US with a Las Vegas store set to open in late 2014. The empire currently incudes four stores in Sydney, one in Melbourne and their first international foray in Hangzhou province in China, with more Sydney and US stores planned for the not-too-distant future.

Korean all the rage across Australia

Reckon you know your gochujang from your ssamjang? It comes as no great surprise that Korean cuisine is the hot new thing in restaurants across Australian cities, given the dining public’s seemingly insatiable appetite for spicy/umami flavours, fermented vegetables and barbecued meat. Sydney has seen three modern Korean restaurants open recently to widespread acclaim: Moon Park in Redfern, Kim in Potts Point and Danjee in the CBD. In Perth, Bbox is now serving wood-grilled pork belly with kimchi in Mt Lawley. And in Melbourne the hype has reached fever pitch for Kong, the latest restaurant from Chris Lucas (the man behind the hugely successful Chin Chin and Baby Pizza). Also new in Melbourne is the excellently-named Frying Colours, from Korean-born owner/chef Min Hui Lee.

Melbourne McConnell movements

Speaking of Melbourne restaurant news, there have been some new openings from chef/restaurateur Andrew McConnell (Cumulus Inc, Cutler & Co, Moon Under Water). His latest Flinders Lane restaurant is Supernormal, an elegant Asian diner with a menu that borrows from Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines, and a private dining room downstairs with karaoke. Meanwhile, his St Kilda restaurant Golden Fields has closed and in its place is Luxembourg, a European bar and bistro run by head chef Chris Watson in partnership with McConnell. The spiced quince mille-feuille on the current dessert menu looks the business.

Chez Panisse chef coming to Sydney

Chez Panisse, the Berkeley, California restaurant of chef, author and food activist Alice Waters, has been one of America's most influential and beloved restaurants over the last forty years, with alumni that include April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), Dan Barber (Blue Hill) and David Lebovitz (My Sweet Life in Paris). So it's exciting to hear that Sydney restaurant group Merivale has signed another alumna, Cuban-American chef Danielle Alvarez, for the (as yet unnamed) restaurant they'll be opening on Oxford Street in Paddington later this year. Alvarez, whose CV also includes a stint at the French Laundry, was a chef at Chez Panisse for three and a half years, and will be bringing a similar farm-to-table approach to her restaurant down under. (Source: Gourmet Traveller)

Hatching a free-range egg standard

And in fair trading news: Australia may soon have an official definition for free range eggs and minimum labelling requirements for egg product packaging, as the NSW Department of Fair Trading has announced that it is developing a draft National Information Standard on free-range eggs. (Source: Australian Food News)

Claire Davie writes the blog Melbourne Gastronome. She tweets @melbgastronome and her favourite thing to cook right now is Greg and Lucy Malouf’s slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with jewelled-rice stuffing.


YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    No results found
    No more results
      No results found
      No more results
        No results found
        No more results
          No results found
          No more results
            No results found
            No more results
              No results found
              No more results
              Please start typing to begin your search
              We're sorry but we had trouble running your search. Please try again