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Word on the street: foodie news

Welcome to your first serving of foodie news for 2022!

Lords of coffee, sweets and brunching Dandelion and Driftwood are now offering high tea to enjoy at home! Available for pick-up or delivery within 4km of the cafe, the boxes include ribbon sandwiches, mini savouries, dainty pastries, specialty cupcakes, signature fluffy scones served with gourmet raspberry jam and double cream plus barista-brewed tea or coffee for just $50pp, with the option to add a bottle of prosecco, rosé or champagne! Learn more and place your order (or maybe one for your mate in iso?) here.

Over in Newstead, fans of Mrs Browns Bar & Kitchen will be loving the news that the team is opening a second venue! Popping up next to The Triffid at the end of Feb, Stratton Bar & Kitchen will serve up a similar East-meets-West menu alongside a serious cocktail menu and, yes, those big ol’ 250ml wines we all love. As well as the restaurant and bar, there’ll be a dedicated functions space and courtyard at the new site. We’re counting down!

Like a side of art with your sip? Bombay Sapphire has partnered with Aussie artist Ellen Porteus to create a series of cocktail bedecked in sippable art inspired by the range of gins used in the Bombay Sour, Bramble Sour and Sunset Sour available at Brissie venues including Covent Garden, Boom Boom Room and The Fox. Even sweeter? Bombay Sapphire will be donating $1 per cocktail sold over the summer to charities TipJar, and the Arts Project Australia.

As much as we mourned the loss of Vespa Pizza, newcomer Clarence is set to fill the space with a modern Australian bistro, and we can’t wait! Bringing serious chops from owners Franklin Heaney (Momofuku New York) and chef Ben McShane (The Star Gold Coast), Clarence will be veggie-heavy, showcasing global techniques and influences as well as local and sustainable proteins. With only 34 seats nestled among the exposed brickwork, we’d be nabbing yours here ASAP ahead of Clarence’s opening on Jan 27.

Yet another addition to West Village’s foodie precinct, Kurtosh is serving up Hungarian-style chimney cakes, slab cakes and sweets sold by weight, and savouries including golden sausage rolls and ricotta pockets. If you’re not familiar, the eponymous sweet (full name: kürtőskalács) sees yeasted dough coiled, coated in sugar and baked before being rolled in nuts, cinnamon and more. Add to the must-try list!


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