Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, is like the tardis. Now, it has recently come to my attention that not everyone understands that reference, so I’ll elaborate. The tardis is the time machine and spacecraft in Doctor Who. You know, the one that looks like a 1960s style London police box. So, it seems small from the outside, but is much larger with far much more to offer on the inside. Like Glenferrie Road.  Whether it is down the laneways, up some stairs, just off the main road, there is a lot going on down here and all of it’s good. 

Omah's Hawthorn 

Transports your self to the heart of Southeast Asia; in spirit at least. The sparse room, made up of simple teak furnishings and dim opium-age birdcage lights may remind you of markets in Malaysia and Thailand, but it's on Burwood Road in Hawthorn.

The menu at Omah's encompasses the multiculturalism of Malaysian cuisine, mixing the Indian flavours of Vindaloo with the lighter spice of chilli and sweetness of Thai cooking. Crab is highly sought after here, with favourites including salted egg crab and soft shell crab. If you’re longing to recreate a trip to Southeast Asia, the traditional chilli crab will take you back to market hawker stalls.

For those not wanting to branch out too far, the Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng are traditional dishes that still offer that Malaysian inflection. They may be stock-standard offerings, but they are a fine base to any Malaysian dining experience.

Groups and big appetites will certainly relish the indulgent banquet menus (there are four), which allow diners to sample the fusion of Asian flavours that is true to traditional Malaysian cuisine.

MELBOURNE'S 24-HOUR CLUB TO OPEN LATE-NIGHT PIZZA JOINT HOLY MOLY

Untz Untz figured its punters needed $5 pizza until 3am every night.

Dance, drink, pizza, repeat. Pizza and late-night partying remains one of history's most iconic duos and they're coming together in full force from next month, when 24-hour Hawthorn club Untz Untz launches its adjoining pizza joint and sports bar, Holy Moly.

The new venue will take over the ground floor of the newly refurbished Glenferrie Road space and enjoy the same 24-hour liquor license, In addition, coffee and doughnut spot Cop Shop will launch next door shortly after.

With a crack team of hospo pros behind it, Holy Moly is promising some intriguing features, not least of which is the $5 pizza menu, designed by Henry Chan (Lucky Coq and Bimbo Deluxe) and available until 3am, every single night.

Jenna Hemsworth (former Black Pearl bartender and runner up for Bartender of the Year 2015) has taken the reins of the drinks offering, which will feature a mix of classics and new-school creations, as well as three varieties of Bloody Mary.

The space comes courtesy of interior designer Michael Delaney (Honkytonks, Sorry Grandma), along with venue director Nick Foley, with the pair describing it as "a shrine to pizza and good times". Expect artwork by local artist Billie Justice Thompson, a memorabilia-packed sports bar screening classic sporting moments on an 80" plasma, and Melbourne's first VOID sound system.

First published in Concrete Playground by Libby Curran

PRAHRAN'S CATO CAR PARK TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO A $60 MILLION URBAN PARK 

It's set to be the Federation Square of the inner east. wouldn't it be great to see some inspired planning like this in Glenferrie? 

Plans for Melbourne's newest openair plaza, officially named Cato Square, were released by the City of Stonnington over the weekend. The $60 million, 'European-style' project will be located on the site of Prahran's old Cato Street car park just behind the Coles on Chapel Street, turning it into an urban oasis.

The plaza, said to be ten years in the making, is planned to be nearly the size of Federation Square at a huge 9000 square metres. "This public area is most importantly going to provide open space and recreation for the residents who are living in tight spaces and in dense apartment buildings," City of Stonnington Mayor Jami Klisaris told Concrete Playground.

The elaborate plans reveal nine outdoor zones which will include 'themed' green zones, a central square with a water feature and free public Wi-Fi, dining spaces and a small forest. Seriously. The lawn, which Cr Klisaris says is her favourite element of the plaza, will be especially useful for public events, festivals and performances. "The lawn will not only be an open grass area that can be used by everyone, but will also be flexible with moving furniture and potted trees, so we can change the space and accommodate for any vibe or event," says Klisaris.

To replace the existing parking, two underground levels consisting of 500 spaces will be built beneath the plaza, resulting in 20 percent more parking than was previously available. This transformation from drab car supermarket parking lot to public park will significantly up the green space in the Chapel Street surrounds. "This green space is particularly important because we have the second lowest amount of open space (per capita) of all councils in Victoria," says Cr Klisaris.

The plaza's construction will also focus on environmental factors, using sustainably sourced, recyclable and energy efficient materials in the building process. For concerned taxpayers, the project will be funded by a combination of developer contributions, council funds and borrowings.

Construction is expected to begin in the next 18 months and is due for completion in 2019; it is being designed by Australian architectural firm Lyons, who won the tender last year. The site is bounded by Prahran's Cato, Izett, Wattle and Chatham streets, so parking and surrounding businesses will be affected during this time frame.

Down the Lane 
Laneways have become synonymous with Melbourne’s CBD layout, offering hideaways from the busy streets and boasting eclectic shopping and dining options. However, the CBD doesn’t have the monopoly on laneway culture. Straddling both sides of the second busiest suburban railway station in Melbourne, Glenferrie laneways have a lot to offer, whether it’s cupcakes, vinyl or a little taste of France. Jo Rittey headed down the lane to have a chat to the people that make the laneways what they are. Read More.....
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Food glorious food

Tag would not be tag if we did not take you on a tour of some of the wonderful food on offer in Glenferrie. This edition we have a great recipe from Mathew Waldron from Lulo, we speak to Gary Mink from Bay City Burrito and Jo sits down with some of our great Baristas a and discussess what makes a great  coffee. Read More....

Vaporetto its a story of Love

This Venetian wine bar is beneath Lido Cinemas. The name of the cinema complex is also the name of a Venetian island; one you travel to by vaporetto (“water taxi”).

They’ve gone crazy with the theme. The bar’s façade is lifted from a century-old Venetian tobacconist shop, and they have two hand-blown Murano glass chandeliers hanging over the white Carrara marble bar. Venetian masks hang from blue walls. Timber panels and shelving inspired by Venice’s Caffè Florian (the oldest cafe in the world, established in 1720) run along one side.

Sit on the red-leather banquette or one of the high-backed, brown-leather stools and order from the cicchetti menu. It changes regularly, but has in the past included sweet-and-sour sardines with fennel, truffled Sopressa salami and spanner-crab arancini. The venue is inspired by Venice’s famous Harry’s Bar, so you’ll also find Harry’s famous toasted sandwich, the pierino, made with prosciutto, Emmental cheese, cayenne and mustard. Also expect fresh seafood and lots of fresh, homemade pasta dishes.

The famous Bellini from Harry’s is also on the menu – made with prosecco and crushed white peach. Other cocktails include Vaporetto’s version of an Aperol Spritz (the “Vaperol Spritz”) made with mandarin liqueur and garnished with olives. Wine is an obvious focus, with a decent range from Italy and Australia, including three (pinot grigio, rose and sangiovese) on tap.

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Meet Richard Eden, the creative force behind Panache Flowers. Read More.....

Here for a good time and a long time

Hawthorn is one of Melbourne’s oldest and most historic suburbs with the Hawthorn Village planned in 1852 as one of the first settlements to the east of Melbourne.  Glenferrie Road was named after Glenferrie, an 1840s property, south of Gardiners Creek, owned by one of the early pioneers of the district,  Read More.....