Welcome back to Monday Munchies. The weekly food round-up of your dreams with a shortlist of must-try restaurants, meals, drinks and more! We’re happy to share some more lockdown related goodness this week, and if you’re looking for more, don’t forget to check out our last few editions (linked below) which include more options than you can poke a stick at. This week, we’re rounding up everything from alcohol-free beer from the legends at NORT, to some more easy-DIY lockdown meal kits from the legends over at Ragazzi. Let’s get into it.
NORT Beer Lockdown Survival Kits
Struth is this lockdown the pits or what?! It’s going to be a push for Sydneysiders to make it to the end of August, but we can do it, people! Especially with a little love from NORT – the first female-founded 0% beer brand in Australia. They’ve created the lockdown survival kit to help Aussies balance the booze while they enjoy lockdown activities guilt-free like daily exercise, Zoom drinks with friends or beer yoga at home (that’s drinking a beer while doing yoga, obvs).
The packs include NORT’s four varieties including the award-winning 0% Refreshing Ale and three new SKUs including the world’s first 0% Pacific Ale, Tropical XPA and All Day XPA. As NORT drinkers ourselves, we can vouch for these new brews, and they’re definitely worth giving a shot if you’re looking for a healthier alternative to a few schooeys after work. On the first sip, we actually couldn’t believe the taste, proper XPA flavour without the headaches. The packs are $35 and can be purchased online via the website linked below. Instagram followers can also win a free pack, follow @nortbeer for info.
Ragazzi at Home Launches in Sydney
Boy, do we love Ragazzi Wine and Pasta. It’s been far too long since we ducked in for some arancini, but like the light shining down from heaven, Italian CBD restaurant Ragazzi has just launched an at-home offering for the remainder of Sydney lockdown. Featuring four finish-at-home Ragazzi favourites with new dishes available each week, Monday-Saturday is looking mighty fine. The packs are available for pick up from sister shop Fabbrica, via UberEats and for same-delivery to within 7km of the CBD. Menus are updated weekly via the Ragazzi Instagram so keep an eye out! For this week we’re being treated to;
Ravioli of burrata, sage brown butter – $32
- “Classic and simple, buffalo milk burrata is torn apart and seasoned with chives and lemon before being stuffed inside our egg pasta. Keeping on the Italian track with the sage butter sauce. Recommend buying a little Pecorino Romano to grate over the top and maybe a little chilli oil if that’s your thing.” (V)
Agnolotti dal plin of house-made mortadella, pistachio butter – $36
- “The mortadella is made in the restaurant from the jowls and bellies of Wessex saddleback pigs from Tathra Place in Taralga. Agnolotti dal plin is a Piemontese specialty and the greatest of the stuffed pasta shapes. Pick up some Parmigiano Reggiano to shave over the top if you want to pimp it up a little.”
Rotolo of roast Maremma duck, chard, duck broth – $45
- “It’s not a Ragazzi menu without a Rotolo. Maremma free-range ducks are dry-aged and roasted before being rolled with braised chard, a little Reggiano and served with a roast duck broth. Buy a loaf of Fabbrica sourdough to mop up the sauce.”
Cavatelli, cime di rappa and anchovy ragu – $32
- “Hand-rolled semolina shape, hailing from Puglia and paired with a very Pugliese sauce. Cime di rappa is looking as good as it ever has at the moment. Add some ricotta salata and pangrattato to your shopping basket.”
Spicy Szechuan Sour’s and Chinese Foie Gras at Old Beijing
We’re more than a little jealous of you Melbournians. We’re bringing a little refresher to those in Melbourne with some of the new dining experiences available at Old Beijing. This restaurant brings a slice of imperial China to Melbourne’s CBD, inviting guests to feast like a king and enjoy the rich, ancient flavours of the North. Fans can enjoy snappy and punchy fried noodles and dumplings for under $20 or relax and unwind among the mandarin and persimmon trees and indulge in Foie Gras in Moutai Brine and marinated Duck Tongue in balloon flower with mustard sauce.
Our mouths watering just writing about it. Other must-try dishes include delicious, delicate and soupy Xiao Long Bao and classic crispy skin Peking Duck. Pair your banquette with a refreshing beverage from the curated cocktail list by Cocktail Mixologists. It’s a ducking good time.
Service options: Dine-in · Takeaway
Located in: QV Melbourne
Address: 31-37 Artemis Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9943 1363