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Word on the street: foodie news

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On this week’s episode of ‘there’s a place and time for everything’, it’s always appropriate for new foodie ventures including Greek restaurants, new menus, and teasers of things to come, all of which you can find below…



Step aside Dancing Zorba’s, Elia is the new Greek restaurant set to steal the spotlight. Opening at Marina Mirage on June 24, Elia will serve authentic Greek eats at portion sizes nabbing yiayia’s nod of approval, with a charcoal oven amping up the flavour of your lamb souvla and signature braised baby goat with potatoes. Vegans and vegos will have plenty to choose from, plus desserts and drinks for the whole family to end things on a sweet note. Go for the food, and stay for the 6x2m mural of Santorini – that’ll show your mates who have shot off for an actual Greek holiday, yeah?

Already missing Aria? Head chef of 10 years Ben Russell kinda is, but he’s more excited to change things up with his very own project in the works! Nothing more than the confirmation of something to come has been announced, but he’ll be back with news surrounding his surprise very soon. Stay tuned for more info!

Ballandean Estate’s The Barrelroom are hooking up with old flames Matt and Bobbi-Lee Wells, who ran the restaurant for six years prior to its current ownership. They’re coming back, back, back again from July 1 with new eats including the likes of mushroom and truffle soup, spinach and ricotta rotolo and lamb rump with puy lentils, jus and garlic and caramelised onion jam. Who says going back to an ex never works?



Feel like forking out more dosh for Splendour in the Grass? With a pop-up dinner from Sydney’s acclaimed restaurant Icebergs, you’re going to have to. A three-course meal prepped by Sydney’s finest (with help from Byron’s neighbouring Three Blue Ducks team) will include odini di mozzarella, grilled pickled octopus, risotto with saffron, crab and celeriac, twice-cooked free-range chicken with ginger sauce and candied macadamia and chocolate tiramisu (with vegan/vego options available). Drinks include Smirnoff Infusions and Hoegaarden brews, with ticket-holders also gaining access to Splendour’s Italo Dining and Disco Club party. Tickets are available here – and we’ll be at the checkout in t-minus 5 mins.

Ever partied for one week straight? Tsuru Japanese Café is about to, with a series of events lined up in celebration of their 10th birthday! From June 27 to July 2, the café will get its party hat on (being 100 white lanterns hanging throughout the venue) and pull out everything from a 20kg sushi cake sharing session to a free gyoza-making class. A total of eight events will be up for attending, and you can find out about every last one here!


Got something delicious to share? Drop us a line at editor@gourmandandgourmet.com.au and let us in on the secret.