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HOT: Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club Birrarung Marr Melbourne 15 HOT: Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club is a pop up food, entertainment, sporting and lifestyle festival open for just 2 weeks until Sunday 1 February. I reckon it’s the hottest place to hang out this summer.

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Picking up where the Night Noodle Market left off, the area by the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr features some of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants – along with a full size croquet pitch. I was invited along for a tasting.

 

Food-wise you’ll find the Broadsheet Summer BBQ featuring D.O.C, Mr Claws, Meatmother, Miss Chu, St Ali and Gelato Messina. So much choice, so little stomach room….so if you don’t mind eating dessert first then my tip is to head straight to one of the Desserts in a Can by Gelato Messina ($9)! You’ll skip the queues and have enough room to enjoy the highlight of my meal.

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What is the Gelato Messina International Soup Kitchen? Basically the famous gelateria has devised some ingenious dessert concoctions all served up in a fake Campbells soup can – very Andy Warhol. I tried the Zuppa Duppa, with hazelnut gelato, wild strawberry preserve, pistachio crunch and amaretti biscotti – creamy, crunchy and oh so decadent and the kind of ice cream innovation that Gelato Messina is known for. Other flavours include ‘Black Forest Bisque’, ‘Faux Pho’ and ‘American Chow Down’.

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Back to the savouries each restaurant has a small selection of menu items, all hovering around the $10-$15 mark. You’ll probably eat two or three items so expect to pay around $40 for food.

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If you like your meat then grab  Meatmother’s ‘Burnt Ends’ – slippery cubes of slow cooked pork belly with jalapeno slaw and Mother BBQ sauce ($12).

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Lobster lovers must try Mr Claws lobster rolls filled with chunky lobster flesh in a soft buttery bun ($12). You can choose your lobster dressing from classic mayo base, chunky miso wasabi to spicy sriracha.

The drink of choice has go to be a Pimms cup – otherwise Yalumba wines or Heineken beers are on offer.

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The croquet action is pretty laid back. Basically just pick up a free mallet and off you go!

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Royal Croquet Club Birrarung Marr Melbourne 19 HOT: Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club is a really fun, relaxed place for eating, drinking and badly played ball sports – a great place for post-work get-together, a date or to hang out with friends. I’m hoping to visit the Royal Croquet Club at least three more times before it closes so that I can try each of the Gelato Messina’s International Soup Kitchen flavours!

From tonight Friday 23 January Royal Croquet Club will be celebrating the Australia Day long weekend with a Truck-A-Palooza festival with nine food trucks in attendance from 5pm and a special headline guest performing at sunset each night. Don’t miss it!

Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Fri 16 Jan – Sun 1 Feb

Free entry event from Sunday through to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays are $5 after 7pm.

Monday – Thursday: 4pm -11pm

Friday: 4pm – 1am

Saturday: 12pm – 1am

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Extended Trading hours for the Australia day Long Weekend & Closing Weekend:

Sunday 25th: 12pm – 12am

Monday 26th: 12pm – 12am

Closing Night Sunday 1st Feb: 12pm – 12am

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HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

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Melbourne, welcome to your heat wave.

Cool down with my Top 10 best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne, a difficult (but delicious) list to compile. In no particular order:

  1. Gelato Messina , 237 Smith St, Fitzroy

I used to live around the corner from Gelato Messina and god do I miss it. When it’s busy it’s like a nightclub, but the ice cream there is worth the wait. Their ice cream cakes are unbelievable – we’ve had them several times for special occasions and they always elicit oohs and ahs.

Messina 1 HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

  1. N2 Extreme Gelato 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Watch your ice cream being made as the custard is frozen using clouds of liquid nitrogen, resulting in a very smooth and light consistency. They serve up a rotation of bizarre flavours weekly.

n2 extreme gelato HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

3. Jock’s Ice Cream and Sorbets, 83 Victoria Ave, Albert Park

A favourite with Albert Park locals and an ice cream store worth travelling for – just look at all the prizes on the wall.

4. Gelato Primavera / Spring St Grocer, 157 Spring St, Melbourne

Classic Italian gelateria with clean, fresh flavours and a lovely view of Parliament House.

Spring St grocer HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

  1. Helados Jauja, 254 Lygon St, Carlton

Argentinian ice cream store with a selection of unique South American and Asian flavours (the owner is Asian).

  1. Candied Bakery, 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

The soft serve machine at Candied Bakery smashes out some unique flavours every week, often coinciding with whatever festive occasion is happening at the time.

Candied Bakery HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

  1. Il Dolce Freddo, 116 Lygon St, Carlton

The best Asian flavours of gelato I’ve had in Melbourne. Their pandan is to die for and if you like durian ice cream, this is the place to get it.

8. Pidapipo, 299 Lygon St, Carlton

My new favourite gelateria, mainly for their creamy and clean-tasting hazelnut hidden inside the stainless steel Italian-built pozzetti fridge. According to this article you can always judge the quality of a gelateria by their hazelnut gelato, which is gram for gram the most expensive gelato to produce.

Pidapipo 2 HOT: Top 10 Best icecream and gelato in Melbourne

9.Fritz Gelato. Prahan Market

A trip to Prahran Market always ends with a taster of Fritz Gelato’s organic ice cream.

  1. Il Melograno, 76 High Street, Northcote

Forget the choc tops at the Westgarth Cinema and save your appetite for a post-movie cone at Il Melograno instead.

Where are your favourite place for ice cream and gelato in Melbourne?

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What’s On – Australia Day 2015

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Happy Australia Day ! Here’s a list of what’s happening around town to celebrate our national day. They are mostly free. (Try this lamington jaffle from Bad Frankie bar while you’re at it!)

CBD/DOCKLANDS

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

EAST

WEST

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