We’re taking this lockdown in our stride people! In this edition of Monday Munchies, we’re bringing you a couple of time passing solutions from some of our favourite lockdown legends who are doing their part to make the next two weeks fly by (fingers crossed). During times like these, we always remind everyone to EAT LOCAL, support your local restaurants, give them a ring and order some takeaway and do everything you can to help hospo. Who knows, you might find your next favourite restaurant is just around the corner! Let’s get into it.
Cozy up with Koko Black’s new Hot Chocolate Collection
Australian artisan chocolatier Koko Black is giving Aussies all the warmth they’ll need this winter lockdown with the launch of their new limited edition hot chocolate range. Melt Away with Chocolate is an indulgent new selection of hot chocolate and edible seasonal delights that are available online for your lockdown convenience.
“Our new range of hot chocolate products and flavours is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen this winter and indulge with only the finest ingredients by melting away with chocolate,” said Head Chocolatier and Product Innovation Manager Remco Brigou.
The new range includes their brand new Hot Chocolate Bombs – the chance for Australians to be their own chocolatier and follow the simple steps to temper chocolate and create the meltiest, dreamiest moments at home, reimagining the way we indulge hot chocolate.
- Koko Black / Hot Chocolate Bomb Kit – AU$49
- Koko Black / Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa (Milk Chocolate, 300g) – AU$19.90
- Koko Black / Mocha Hot Cocoa (54% Dark Chocolate, 300g) – AU$19.90
- Koko Black / Winter Warmers Hamper – AU$149.00
Dear Sainte Eloise and Fabbrica Open for Business
Like many of Sydney’s favourite restaurants, Dear Sainte Eloise and Fabbrica are open for business this lockdown. Offering special menus designed to take your at-home dining experience to the next level. Available on UberEats, Fabbrica is serving up a range of pasta packs, cheeses, and their famous pasta by the gram selection which includes gluten-free options. They’re also slinging pieces from the pantry that promise to take your iso-cooking to the next level. With genuine San Marzano tomatoes, olives, capers, and MVD butter.
Sister wine bar and restaurant Dear Sainte Eloise will also be open daily from 12-8pm offering takeaway wine and food. Including, a down and out burger, fried chicken, lasagne, burrata, and for dessert a Leche flan with bitter yuzu caramel.
Address: 5/29 Orwell St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 9326 9745
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-8pm
Big Sam Young ‘BSY’ – Delivery
This is one strictly for our Sydneysiders. If you’re a die-hard foodie like us, then chances are you’ve probably seen or heard of Big Sam Young. When putting together a list of our favourite chefs in Australia BSY would have to be towards the top. His most recent placement at Lotus 2.0 had us coming back for fourths and fifths, the man knows how to mix truffles, wagyu, and umami, unlike many others.
After the famous Lotus 2.0 popup shut its doors towards the end of last year, BSY has been busy building his private dining experience in the Sydney region. And now, you can take in the experience from the comfort of your own home this lockdown. Offering delivery of some of his most famous meals, including truffle pasta and lasagne with full blood wagyu mince.
To stay up to date with whats on offer, we recommend following Big Sam Young on Instagram, where you’ll find cooking instructions, and checking his website regularly for updates. We recommend extra truffles with your pasta, because why the hell not?!
Deeds Brewing Opens New 150 Seat Taproom
Now this one is making us jealous of our Victorian friends. Last Saturday, Australian independent craft brewery Deeds Brewing opened their doors to its first public venue, Deeds Taproom and Kitchen in Glen Iris, Victoria. Tucked along a side street next to the platforms of Glen Iris train station, the 2,600sqm site has been home to Deeds Brewing since 2015.
Following a six-month build, the 150-capacity venue has officially opened and is home to a 20 metre-long bar and a full commercial kitchen on the ground level, additional booth seating on the mezzanine level, plus function spaces available.
The drinks menu features 22 unique beers poured from the bar’s 28 taps, with local wine, cocktails and Australian spirits also on offer. The seasonal menu toes the line between serious and approachable while showcasing a range of techniques for the use of beer and beer ingredients in fine cookery. We’re more than a little jealous.
Melbourne’s Most Truffle’d Cheese Toastie
Another one that’s got us bloody jealous of our Melbourne friends. There’s been a PSA issued for all truffle lovers from the world’s first all-Australian cheese shop, RIPE Cheese. Located at the iconic Queen Victoria Market, RIPE has launched the most delectable and deliciously funky Truffle’d Cheese Toastie, in conjunction with the annual QVM Truffle Festival.
The RIPE Truffle’d Cheese Toastie includes:
- 12-15 grams of freshly shaved Australian black truffle
- A spread of black honey truffle from Truffle Paddock
- A sprinkle of black truffle salt from Gewurzhaus
- Oozy gooey mozzarella and vintage cheddar sandwiched between buttered sourdough bread