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Soko – Abbotsford

Soko is a high-end Japanese restaurant hide-out in Abbotsford where you can dine and be inspired by their beautiful, delicate plating and their Scandinavian-style décor. Spoil your taste buds with traditional Japanese dishes and delicious Malaysian fusion rice bowls. Soko is owned by two talented businessmen from Japan and Malaysia (hence the Malaysian fusion), which serves up mainly cold dishes like sashimi and sushi, plus Sinzuku ramen & craft beer. The chefs at Soko are all trained in Japan. Their sushi chef worked in Japan for 8 years and their ramen master has worked in Japan for 10, so the quality and taste is of the highest, traditional level. We recently visited Soko to check out their fabulous menu and fell in love with the intricate, artistic plating and relaxed, minimalist ambiance. Our favourite item of the menu was Soko’s Kingfish Carpaccio, which comes with kingfish sashimi, radish, cucumber, and a cucumber and wasabi sorbet. It was extremely refreshing and every mouthful was full of flavour, their inclusion of the cucumber and wasabi sorbet definitely …

Proud to Be a Chef Awards

Do you love cheese as much as we do? Is dairy THE diet you can’t go without? Fonterra, a global co-operatively owned company which sources high-quality milk products recently hosted the annual Proud To Be A Chef Awards, and we were lucky to be invited to their gala dinner this year. The program has been running for 18 years and this year, with no surprise, was an amazing success for both Fonterra and the contestants. Each year, Fonterra Foodservice provide a not-to-be-missed opportunity for 30+ young and ambitious apprentice chefs to go on an incredible culinary experience. Giles Gabutina, the winner of Proud To Be A Chef 2017 is a young inspiring pastry chef based in Sydney. He got his first job in the kitchen when he was 16 and is keen to work hard to achieve his culinary dreams. In his own words “I hope to “bake” the world a better place by inspiring people to follow their dreams in the same way my inspirations have done for me.” And here he is today, not only the winner of Proud To Be A Chef …

Eat, drink, make & learn

Are you passionate about coffee making? Is it pasta you crave at the end of your long day? Ever wanted to master your home made coffee brewing skills? Or is indulging in cheese one of your daily routines? The Craft & Co, a collective leaning centre in Collingwood offers classes in all of these areas and more for those with an interest in the culinary and arts. The Craft & Co works with local producers in Melbourne and offers classes ranging from salami making, pasta making, coffee cupping, brewing for beginners, cheese making,  learning why bees matter so much or exploring the magic behind craft distillation. All classes are $75, 3-hours long and including a tasting, one in-house brewing beverage, questionnaires and hands-on experience. If you are unsure what class you should take, you can even try out their free pasta or wine making demo class on Sundays to get a feel for the courses. Here is a sneak peak of what you get from the classes: Pasta Making: All attendees enjoy freshly made pasta, …

Free Asia Pop Courtyard

Be a part of Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) this February at the Immigration Museum. Every Friday evenings this February from 5pm – 9pm, the courtyard area will come to life with free Asia Pop, food, drinks and general fun. The event will feature DJ Japandaman and Sihouette d’Amore, The Pink Tiles, K-pop Melbourne dancers, a karaoke lounge and Kung Fu motion installation. The bonus, you can enter all of these exhibitions for free! Definitely a fun way to explore cultures from over 200 countries and be inspired by their stories at the Immigration Museum, and a great alternative to the usual Friday night drinks.             Where: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 When: Friday evenings, this February from 5pm – 9pm More information: Check their website.

Are these Melbourne’s Best Dumplings?

Tucked away down Market Lane lies one of Melbourne’s best dumpling restaurants, HuTong Dumpling Bar. With a cult following, HuTong Dumpling Bar first made it’s mark on the Melbourne dumpling scene back in 2008. Going from strength to strength, the dumpling bar still solidly books out on most nights which is a testament to just how delicious their dumplings are. With three levels of dining on offer, this restaurant offers everything from Shanghai street food to spicy Sichuan and northern China specialities. There’s an extensive menu with a range of dumplings, soups, seafood, local and seasonal dishes, including the fiery, red-hot oil dishes. The scalding Shao Long Bao meat and soup dumplings are a specialty and if you don’t already know the rules on how to eat this we suggest you follow this guide. We put our skills to the test last week following this guide and after a couple of failed attempts we think we nailed it. The textures of the dumpling itself was on point, slightly chewy but not tough. The pork inside was …

Summer Menu at Nieuw Amsterdam

Although Hardware Lane is a regular for many tourists to Melbourne, as locals our visits to this famous laneway in the recent years has been far and few between. However, it seems that just in the last couple of years, it has undergone a revival with the opening of many restaurants and cafes that we keep returning to. One such restaurant is Nieuw Amsterdam, located at the very top of Hardware Lane. A New York style bar and eatery, Nieuw Amsterdam is set over 2 levels with the light-filled restaurant on the top floor and the late night bar downstairs open till 5am. Having recently launched their new menu, the We Know Melbourne team went along to try it out.  We started off the evening with the Jammy Hendricks cocktail –  Hendrick’s Gin, Rose Liqueur, Lemon Cucumber Jam, with a splash of Prosecco – with perfect fresh summer flavours, this drink could easily be drunk on it’s own or complemented with some lighter dishes. For starters we had the Zucchini Flower Poppers, Chicken Nuggets and …

Connoisseur Food and Design Weekend

This November, Broadsheet are joining forces with ice cream aficionados, Connoisseur for a one-off weekend food and design market. Make your way to this Brooklyn inspired market  and indulge in food from Melbourne’s favourite Brooklyn-inspired restaurants (Bowery to Williamsburg, 5 and Dime Bagel, Nieuw Amsterdam, Shawcross Pizza) and  ice-cream flavours from New York ice-cream lords OddFellows – who have recently collaborated with Connoisseur to serving variations of their world-famous ice-cream sandwiches. All icecream sandwiches will be made with biscuits from Tuck Shop Take Away and flavours include Bed Stuy: peanut butter & pretzel with sweet cream, Coney Island: golden syrup with a butter swirl and corn nuts, Flatbush: chocolate brownie with chocolate custard, and Williamsburg:matcha green tea with white chocolate waffle cone. In true flea market fashion, there’ll also be a range of stalls where you can pick up beautiful crafted homewares and accessories from some of the best local designers such as  Arro Home , Alchemy Produx,  Cool Cactus Co,  Kitiya Palaskas,  Emily Green, plus more. The market even caters from pooches – pick up artisan dog collars from the fashionable Nice Digs. When: November 19 – November 20 …