The Stores & London Fields

IMG_0119Stopped by London Fields for a long overdue catch up with my design guru
(The husband and I were here for dinner last week and I kicked myself for not bringing a proper camera!)

Perched on the corner of Montague Road and Raven Street, London Fields is part of a spanking new block that has transformed the forgotten warehouse-y part of West End into a contemporary hub of pure architecture & food porn. The complex also houses a gourmet market The Stores West End, as well as a bulk food purveyor The Source, with a large range of healthy nibbles and raw, organic ingredients.

From the owners of Public, Red Hook and Coppa SpuntinoLondon Fields is a “gastropub” that pays homage to British pub food with a modern Australian twist, boasting a nose-to-tail menu that celebrates locally sourced ingredients. The menu is concise and well executed, designed for grazing and sharing! I loved the oysters, rich bone marrow dish and the roasted cauliflower (pictures on Instagram)

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IMG_0117A light-filled space with geometric wall panels, angled backlighting, polished concrete walls against herringbone patterned woods,
large metal framed windows that open up to velvety felt & leather seating… the interior carries a humble sophistication that is welcoming and luxe.

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IMG_0110IMG_0113IMG_0106Cocktails named after legends, such as Ziggy Stardust and The Michael Caine

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IMG_0125IMG_0131Unfortunately a couple of items were unavailable today, so we decided to go with the pub nibbles of wagyu cheese burger & fries

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Open from breakfast until owl hours

The Stores West End

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IMG_0151Great VM!

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I’d die for a cheese room like this at home haha

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The Source Bulk Foods

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Love the branding & the way-finding!

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The Kettle Black Cafe

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Spent a lovely long weekend in Melbourne.
Our first stop was the famous Kettle Black cafe,
part of the prestigious group of Top PaddockTwo Birds One Stone!
Nestled between an 1880’s terrace house and a contemporary establishment,
it’s a perfect romance of contemporary and antiquity.

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IMG_9838Light & airy Scandinavia decor paired with a creative menu graced with a fine dining touch

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Hakuna Matata!

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Chilli scrambled eggs (so smooth) with cured flinders island wallaby, feta & leaves
– absolutely delicious, tasted a bit like beef tataki!

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Tataki ocean trout with a raw kale & pickled vegetable salad, seaweed, nuts & poached…
this is truly the BEST trout I’ve ever had.

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IMG_9859King prawns with lime mayo on brioche and edible flowers

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Benedict style eggs with braised pork shoulder & aerated hollandaise

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IMG_9879Harro Boomcase!

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The Kettle Black
50 Albert Road, South melbourne


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Little Loco

IMG_9767Going a Little Loco
This neat little space has seen several occupants in the last few years –
I’m hoping Little Loco will stay!

IMG_9769A light filled space with a minimalistic finish,
this is a cosy little nook to partake in some slow living.
(Oh and they stock great magazines!).

As none of us are sweet tooths, we didn’t get to try their epic
banoffee hotcakes that has received a lot of love via social media.

IMG_9777Wild mushrooms ragu with mushroom foam, rye, pecorino, truffle honey & free range poached eggs.
The truffle was luxuriously fragrant and rich – an impeccable pairing with the toasted rye.
The poached eggs were a little over cooked, but otherwise delicious!

IMG_9782The Green Bowl
With kale, spinach, asparagus, broccolini, feta,
cherry tomatoes, avocado & pistachio
A refreshing and healthy start to the day

IMG_9793If you’re swept up in the recent bao-fever, try their Breakfast Burger,
with bacon, fried egg, smoked tomato relish, mature cheddar,
avo on a toasted polenta brioche bun

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Little Loco
121 Merthyr Road, New Farm, 4005

 

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