Episode 08: 7 April
In this episode of Postcards, Rebecca Judd spends a day exploring South Yarra and Glen Moriarty dines out at Little Hunter, Trunk Diner and The Smith. Meanwhile Brodie Harper spends some time on the Mornington Peninsula at the fabulous new Red Hill Epicurean centre and Lauren Phillips goes back in time at Kryal Castle, an old Victorian favourite that's been given a new lease on life.
Little Hunter, Trunk Bar & Restaurant and The Smith
Planning a night out and looking for a new dinner spot? Little Hunter on Little Collins Street is a newcomer to the Melbourne dining scene, but the accolades are already rolling in. The secret weapon in the kitchen is their Bradley smoker, which can produce a whole range of tasty flavours. Head off around the corner to Trunk Bar & Restaurant on Exhibition Street, a place that has it all. Choose between the outdoor diner with its retractable roof and the main restaurant that was once one of Melbourne's oldest synagogues. Looking for more? Try The Smith for a night of international flavours and fine dining without the attitude, courtesy of head chef and owner Michael Lambie.
Down the stairs, 195 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9654 0090
Trunk Bar & Restaurant
275 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Ph 03 9663 7994
213 High Street, Prahran
Ph 03 9514 2444
Just over an hour's drive from town, Kryal Castle sits on the outskirts of Ballarat and, after a multi-million dollar makeover, the castle is looking better than ever. All areas of the original castle have been restored including the moat, drawbridge and castle towers. With more than 15 new attractions and experiences, including thrilling jousting championships, the whole family is sure to be amused and entertained. Watch noble knights battle it out, relive the romance and glory of medieval times, and then relax in the opulent surrounds of one of the 17 refurbished luxury suites, complete with all the mod-cons and spacious ensuite.
121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek, Ballarat
Ph 03 5334 7388
Red Hill Epicurean, Red Hill Cheese and Flinders Shellfish
Make your way to Flinders Pier, an hour out of Melbourne, to meet Michael Harris or 'Harry Mussel' as he's known to locals. Harry brings his famous Flinders mussels fresh from the farm, located one and a half kilometers out in Westernport Bay, and sells them on the pier every weekend. Drive on to Red Hill Cheese, just off Arthurs Seat Road in Red Hill. Sample distinctive, handcrafted regional cheeses like the multi-award-winning Mountain Goat Blue in the farm gate shop. Next up is the Red Hill Epicurean. Housed in a heritage listed cool store, originally built in 1919 and used as an apple packing shed, the Italian cuccina creates a seasonal menu featuring traditional wood fired pizzas and whatever else is fresh on the day.
Ph 0412 220 031
Red Hill Cheese
81 William Rd, Red Hill
Ph 03 5989 2035
Red Hill Epicurean
165 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South
Ph 03 5989 4000
The Como Melbourne and Claremont Tonic
When the Hotel Como first opened in 1989 it was the hippest place around and, since then, it's lost none of its Mojo. Located on fashionable Chapel Street, this South Yarra property has recently undergone a makeover. Choose from an array of penthouses, guest rooms as well as a range of suites. Pop into The Brasserie for a buffet breakfast or stop by the vibrant Sobar, host to many international celebrities over the years. While you're in one of Melbourne's best locations, take a walk to some of South Yarra's newest eateries. Dig into the pan Asian flavours of Claremont Tonic on Claremont Street, a place decorated with bric-a-brac from around the world.
The Como Melbourne
630 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Ph 03 9825 2222
15a corner Claremont Street and Yarra Lane, South Yarra
Ph 03 9827 0399
Yarra Valley Food & Wine Festival
If you love good food and drop of vino, don't miss this year's Yarra Valley Food & Wine Festival, kicking off this coming Thursday the 11th of April and running until April 14.
Where: Yarra Valley
When: April 11–14
Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music
Prefer a bit of music instead? Head off down to the Southern Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music for four days of incredible music at churches across the region. Festival begins on April 18th.
Where: Hamilton and surrounds
When: April 18–21
Drouin Lions Antique & Collectables Fair
Calling all antique lovers! Take a trip to Drouin next Sunday for the 7th Annual Antique and Collectables Fair, one of the region's largest and best.
Where: Drouin Secondary College, Main South Road, Drouin
When: April 14th 2013, 9am – 4pm