Beer Deluxe – Federation Square

Beer deluxe - Federation Square

Beer deluxe – Federation Square

Beer deluxe is a great place to have drinks and delicious food. The menu is cleverly thought out with a creative twist on some well-known favourites. With passionate and friendly staff, gourmet style bar food and a massive variety of beverages, this place makes for the perfect venue for after work drinks and eats.

Beer deluxe - Beer tasting paddle

Beer deluxe – Beer tasting paddle

The beer paddle is a great way to taste a range of beer and they have lots o’ beer available so it’s fun to try a few different ones. I had a pilsner which was a nice light beer, another one I liked was the stone and wood which had a passionfruit flavour and there was another one with grapefruit citrus tones that was yum but eeek I’ve forgotten the name. There was also a darker beer with a rich caramel flavour, which went well with the caramelised pork belly.

Beer deluxe - Pork belly w lime caramel

Beer deluxe – Pork belly w lime caramel

The pork belly was delicious. It was chunks of pork belly w lime caramel. It was sticky caramelised pork belly, full of flavour and melted in your mouth. The lime helped balance the richness. Delish!

Beer deluxe - Chicken & goats cheese sausage rolls w beetroot and fig paste

Beer deluxe – Chicken & goats cheese sausage rolls w beetroot and fig paste

The sausage rolls were filled with chicken and goats cheese and the pastry was soft and flaky sprinkled with black sesame seeds. And they were sitting on beetroot and fig paste. The savoury elements of chicken and cheese went really well with the sweet beet and fig paste. Good flavour combinations.

Beer Duluxe - Lemon myrtle pepper squid w lime mayo

Beer Duluxe – Lemon myrtle pepper squid w lime mayo

The lemon myrtle and peppery fried squid was soft and zesty. It was served with a creamy lime mayo that added that comfort food touch.

Beer deluxe - Pulled pork sliders

Beer deluxe – Pulled pork sliders

The little pulled pork sliders were delicious. The pork was soft, the pickled onion added freshness and the cute little brioche buns were deliciously buttery. Based on that mini version, I’ll definitely be back to try one of their full sized burgers very soon. They also have mini wagyu sliders, so adorable.

Beer Duluxe - Southern style chicken ribs w plum sauce

Beer Duluxe – Southern style chicken ribs w plum sauce

The southern style chicken ribs were tasty and the sweet n sour plum sauce was a good accompaniment.

Beer deluxe - Lamb neck nachos

Beer deluxe – Lamb neck nachos

The lamb neck nachos were amazing. They had yummy corn chips with a generous amount of shredded lamb neck, the right amount of cheese with fresh salsa on top. They were so tasty.

Beer Duluxe - Lots o' lamb nachos

Beer Duluxe – Lots o’ lamb nachos

Nachos with the additional of lamb neck made it greater than your average nachos, much more flavoursome and moorish.

Beer deluxe - Fried camembert w blackberry beer

Beer deluxe – Fried camembert w blackberry beer

For dessert we had filo wrapped baked Camembert cheese, drizzled with honey and served with peppery crackers. We had this with a blackberry beer, which was yum. I think cider lovers would like this one, It was more like a blackberry cider.

I don’t usually like dark beers but we ended up trying a dark beer that sort of tasted like an espresso coffee, which I liked. I was thinking it would go so well with a chocolate cake or something. Our waiter Leo was really lovely and guided us through the different beers. There are different beers that go well with different foods, sort of like beer pairing. We always liked beer but definitely more so after our visit to Beer Deluxe.

The menu has the bar food classics covered but with a gourmet twist. It’s definitely the kind of food you want to eat with a beer in one hand. The menu is exciting and the quality of food takes bar food to the next level.

I heart Beer Deluxe!

Olives x

Beer Deluxe
Address: Between NGV Atrium & ACMI, Cnr Swanston st & Flinders st,
Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Website: beerdeluxe.com.au
Phone: 03 9663 0166
Trading Hours: Mon-Sun: 7am-11pm

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to Beer Deluxe.

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Windsor

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Windsor

Highline Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant that uses local produce to create an exciting and Australian inspired menu. It’s located upstairs at the railway hotel in Windsor. The ingredients are top quality and sourced from local providers. It definitely celebrates and embodies the paddock to plate concept. Simon Tarlington is the man behind the menu and he takes you on a journey with every mouthful.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Venue

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant- Venue

The venue décor has a modern vibe and there is a fireplace on the back wall and has comfy seating spaces. The menu was presented in an envelope, sealed with a red wax stamp, which was an elegant touch.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Farmhouse snacks

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Farmhouse snacks

We started the meal with some farmhouse snacks, which were presented on a wooden board with pieces of chorizo, salami and oysters. The meats were tasty and the oysters were an interesting rendition of a Kilpatrick oyster. There were smoky chunks of bacon at the bottom with a dehydrated oyster on top. The smokiness complimented the texture of the oyster.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Warm bread and Koojong Valley olive oil

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Warm bread and Koojong Valley olive oil

Warm bread was served in a cute little mesh bag with a side of Koojong Valley olive oil and salt.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Variations of prawn and pumpkin

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Variations of prawn and pumpkin

The first starter was ‘variations of prawn and pumpkin.’ The delicate flavours and textures worked in complete harmony. Each element on the dish had its own character and no element overpowered the other. The pumpkin puree was so smooth and full of flavour, the thinly sliced disks of pickled pumpkin added a bit of crunch and acidity, the poached prawns were perfectly cooked and the prawn fluff had an intense prawn flavour and a subtle light and rough texture. The aroma of the prawn and pumpkin broth was enticing. It was a beautiful start to the meal.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Rabbit terrine

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Rabbit terrine

Next up was the rabbit terrine. It had a full-bodied hearty flavour and was made really well. There was a beautifully cooked pink piece of rabbit in the centre. It was rolled in radicchio, which added a little bite of bitterness and the pickles were good to cut through the full-bodied flavour of the terrine. The side of shredded cucumber added freshness and the fresh figs added a light sweet flavour. It was topped with super thin buckwheat crisps.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Sauce pouring action shot.

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Sauce pouring action shot.

Then there was duck. This was one of my faves. There was a slice of perfectly roasted Gippsland duck breast (so tender) with crispy skin and shredded duck leg with a caramelised top. Yes you heard correctly, this juicy duck leg stack had a bruleed top. You could crack your spoon into the top like a crème brulee. It was sweet and juicy, amazing!

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Gippsland Duck and root vegetables

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Gippsland Duck and root vegetables

There were some colourful root vegetables to accompany the duck and the celeriac puree was silky and smooth. The liquorice dust had a great flavour and was deliciously subtle and there was these super thin crispy, wispy carrot bits that added texture. The duck jus brought all of the elements together. It was marvellous.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Oak Valley Lamb

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Oak Valley Lamb

The Oak Valley lamb was divine. It was so tender. It melted in your mouth because it was so tender. It was delicious. Did I mention it was tender? The celeriac and smoked chestnuts added a fresh crunch to the meal. And the lamb jus amplified the flavour of the lamb. There were three strips of lamb bacon, which were delicious. It had that smoky bacon flavour, it was interesting to have a different type of bacon. It was delish! The slices of pickled quince were sweet and sour and the celeriac puree was creamy. They were fantastic with the lamb.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Choc-mandarin obsession

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Choc-mandarin obsession

For dessert we had the ‘choc-mandarin obsession.’ The chocolate was sourced from the Daintree rainforest in north QLD which is a chocolate farm in oz. The chocolate mousse was so smooth. It was full of flavour and not too sweet. The crumb was a combination of chocolate and dehydrated mandarin. There was different size bits in the crumb which created an exquisite mouthfeel with a bit of chew. There were bits of mandarin jelly, which were bursts of intense mandarin flavour and cheeky bits of fresh mandarin pieces in amongst the crumb. There were thin chocolate shards placed on top, which were super thin and crispy. Yum! The chocolate shards looked like branches from a tree emerging from the chocolate crumb.

The Railway Hotel - Highline - Passionfruit jellies

The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant – Passionfruit jellies

We finished our meal with little squares of passion fruit jelly, which had a beautiful passionfruit flavour and was coated in a floral maybe lavender sugar.

They have a lovely wine selection so you can get your degustation on and pair a glass of wine with each of your meals. The ingredients used are from local providers and are of the finest quality, so the menu will often change depending on what’s in season. It was a nice escape. Even though the location was close to home, the dining experience made me feel like I was far away at a winery somewhere.

I heart The Railway Hotel – Highline Restaurant!

Olives x

Highline Restaurant
Address: 29 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Website: https://www.therailway.com.au
Phone: 03 9510 4050
Trading Hours: Mon-Sat: 6pm til late

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Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to the railway hotel – Highline restaurant.

Top Ten Melbourne Easter Treats 2015

Everyone loves an extra long weekend, especially when there are limited edition Easter treats about town. Chocolate eggs and hot cross buns galore! The traditional hot cross bun is a total winner and there are some creative thinkers who have put a twist on the old Easter favourites. We have put together a list of yummy treats you wanna try this Easter. So if you live in Melbourne, hop to it!

  1. Hot cross bun gelato from Gelato Messina
Melbourne Easter 2015 - hot cross bun gelato. Image credit: Gelato Messina

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun gelato. (Image credit: @gelatomessina)

  1. Hot cross bun doughnut from Short Stop
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Hot cross bun donut. Image credit: Short Stop

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun donut. (Image credit: @shortstopmelb)

  1. Mif bunny macaron – Giant chocolate macaron w housemade nutella, light hazelnut praline cream & Piedmontese hazelnuts from TbyLuxbite
Melbourne Easter 2015 - mif bunny macaron. Image credit: tbyluxbite

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Mif bunny macaron. (Image credit: @tbyluxbite )

  1. Easter cronut – Dark chocolate Cremeux w crispy praline topped w hazelnut ganache & housemade chocolate egg from Rustica Sourdough
Melbourne Easter 2015 - easter cronut. Image credit: ID collective.

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter cronut. (Image credit: @rusticasourdough)

  1. Flat chocolate easter eggs from Sisko Chocolate
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Flat chocolate easter eggs. Image credit: The party bebe

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Flat chocolate easter eggs. (Image credit: @thepartybebe)

  1. Easter explosion chocolate crème egg cupcake from Cupcake central
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter explosion cho creme cupcake. Image credit: cupcakecentral

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter explosion choc creme cupcakes. (Image credit: @cupcakecentral)

  1. Hot cross bun soft serve from Tuckshop Takeaway
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Hot cross bun soft serve. Image credit: tuckshoptakeaway

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot cross bun soft serve. (Image credit: @tuckshoptakeaway)

  1. Chick choc pops from Burch and Purchese
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Mini chick choc pops. Image credit: Burch and Puchese

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Mini chick choc pops. (Image credit: @burchpurchese)

  1. Easter inspired chocolate dessert from Mr Miyagi
Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter dessert. Image credit: melbournecaferestaurauntreview

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Easter chocolate dessert. (Image credit: @mrmiyagimelbourne)

10. Hot crossed spiced donut w buttermilk chocolate glaze, freeze dried blackberry Easter egg anglaise from Ascot Food Store

Melbourne Easter 2015 - Easter donuts. Image credit: dishin_itout

Melbourne Easter 2015 – Hot crossed spiced donuts. (Image credit: @ascotfoodstore)

As Easter treats are on high demand make sure you pop in early, call ahead of time or make an order to avoid disappointment. Happy Easter in advance!

Olives x

I heart Easter!