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
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 Local Taphouse

The Local Taphouse - Bar

The Local Taphouse

The local taphouse is all about great beer. The European inspired tavern specializes in craft beers. They have an extensive range of continually changing beers available, which would have any beer enthusiast feeling right at home.  You can talk beer with any of the staff members because they know a lot about beer and will happily assist you with choosing the right beer to compliment your meal. And if you want to take your love for beer to another level, you can join the ‘Ale Stars’ beer club where they discuss and taste rare beers in a social and relaxed setting once a month. The dark wooden walls of the tavern and lowly hung lights create a warm and intimate ambiance. Outside there is a nice outdoor roof terrace area.

The Local Taphouse - Outside area.

The Local Taphouse – Outside roof terrace.

It’s a great place for people to meet and catch up for a drink or two or three or four. In fact they offer tasting paddles so you can try samples of a range of different beers. It’s sort of like a dessert tasting plate but a beer version. These beer tasting paddles encourage you to be more adventurous and taste beers you haven’t tried before.  It’s fun to decide which ones you like and which ones you don’t like. It’s like a safeguard, which helps prevent you from ordering a whole glass of beer that is not to your taste. All beer aside, they can also cook up a quality meal. The menu makes it hard to order because everything sounds delicious.

The Local Taphouse - Southern fried chicken and cajun thick cut frites.

The Local Taphouse – Southern fried chicken and cajun thick cut frites.

We got some snacks to go with our ale, the southern fried chicken was super crunchy and served in an adorable little tin bucket with chilli mayo. The beer battered thick cut frites are a must! Original or Cajun spiced, they’re super crunchy and super tasty. You don’t have to be a beerologist to know that any beer goes hand in hand with thick cut fries.

The Local Taphouse - Tennessee pork belly sandwich w fennel and apple slaw.

The Local Taphouse – Tennessee pork belly sandwich w fennel and apple slaw.

The Tennessee BBQ pork belly sandwich with the fennel and apple slaw was the perfect meal to accompany my fruity ale. The pork belly melted into the sticky tennessee BBQ sauce and the sandwich soaked up the beautiful flavours. The shaved fennel, apple, radish and red onion went so well together as a slaw, it was crisp, fresh and zesty and it cut through the sweetness of the pork. Delicious! The local taphouse offers a casual environment with gourmet food. It is an awesome place to have good food and good beer with good friends.

I heart The Local Taphouse!

Olives x

The Local Taphouse
Address: 184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
Phone: 03 9537 2633
Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm until not later than 1am (7 days)

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Huxtaburger – Melbourne – City store

Huxtaburger is a burger joint with a strong focus on good quality burgers. Hot beef and cold beer. The Smith Street store in Fitzroy is well known for their amazing burgers but they recently opened a city store in Melbourne and people are going crazy. I wondered what all the fuss was about. I mean how good could these burgers really be?

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips

Huxtaburger and crinkle cut chips.

It could and was the best burger I have ever eaten. Prior to my first huxtaburger, burgers were just burgers, average and unmemorable.  But as I ate this burger, it made a significant change on the way I viewed and dismissed burgers in the past. I found myself critiquing the burger true masterchef style commenting on its texture, acidity and balance of flavours.

All of the ingredients are fresh and of high quality and when put together make a perfectly balanced burger that is insanely delicious.  The huxtaburger pattie is made from good quality beef (Moondarra grass-fed wagyu). Then there is tomato sauce (burgers 101), creamy mayonnaise, mustard, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, fresh tomato and crunchy pickled cucumbers sandwiched amid a buttery brioche bun. Perfection! It takes a genius to create a seemingly simple burger with such a great depth of flavour. Amazing!

Huxtaburger Mmm

Mmm Huxtaburger.

It’s a little hard to find this place, but you can come through the food court entrance off Collins street or through Fulham Place off Flinders Lane. After business hours you will need to enter through the alley, you’ll see the neon sign alternating red (hot beef) and blue (cold beer). The city store is like a little american dinner with stools around the outside of the room with partitions to section off your eating space.

Huxtaburger diner

Huxtaburger Melbourne – Dining area.

The first time I tried a huxtaburger we got the burgers takeaway and ate them on the run on our way to the Regent theatre. After I ate my first huxtaburger it left me with a delicious buttery burgery aftertaste and I wanted nothing more than another one right that moment. Unfortunately at that point it was too far to go back and order a few more (or a few hundred more) before the show. I had to work with what I had, so I tried to eat my boyfriends huxtaburger. He was almost finished (so I only got one bite) then I moved on to eat my mums huxtaburger, I think with all the ‘just one more bites’ I ended up eating half of her burger (she’s so nice). Sometimes I can be a big greedy piglet and this was one of those times but I blame the burger for being so delicious! Forget the theatre, this burger deserved a standing ovation.

I went back the next day to make sure the burger I tried the night before wasn’t just one of those dreams that felt like it was real. I got a freshie and ate it at the diner, this time not in a rush and as remembered it was divine. It tasted almost identical to the last one I had eaten.

Gormet traveller shares the recipe for the Classic Huxtaburger for those keen to attempt the huxtaburger at home. Do try this a t home. Tip: Make these homemade huxtas for your friends (preferably friends that have never tried huxtaburger) then bathe in their praise as they wolf down their burger and lather you in adoring comments about your exceptional cooking skills.


Max loves Huxtaburger beef patties.

My frenchie Max and I love the classic Huxtaburger but they also have a vegetarian option, tofu burger with sesame soy mayo…sounds yum and a jalapeno and sriracha mayo if you like it hot. Definitely handy to have one in the city now so I can pop down there on my lunch break.

I heart Huxtaburger!

Olives x

Address: Fulham Place off Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9417 MEAT (03 9417 6328)
Trading Hours:  Monday – Saturday 11.30am-10pm. Not open Sunday

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Madame Brussels

Madame Brussels - Sandwiches and sausage rolls.

Madame Brussels – Sandwiches and sausage rolls.

Usually when winter hits I automatically morph into a hermit in response to the icy cold weather outside. Ideally I like to stay indoors with the heater blasting, tucked in a warm blanket with lots of yummy food sitting on the coffee table within arms reach from the couch. But it was my friends birthday so I manned up, emerged from my warm shell and went out into the coldness for afternoon drinks. Upon my arrival at Madame Brussels I was given a cosy blanket from my friend, similar to the one I had just been in at home (had she read my mind?).

I was thankful but confused. I know that some people use their jacket as a blanket to cover their legs or some people put their hoodie on and pull the jumper up to cover their mouth like a ninja to feel like they’re in a blanket, and more obviously some people wear blankets ponchos, which is basically a big blanket with arm-holes in it (I know I wear my poncho/blankie out all the time).  But this was different, my friends just straight out brought their blankets to the bar. I hadn’t been out for a while and wondered if it was suddenly socially acceptable to bring your actual blanket from home out to bars. And if this was the case hey, I was all for it. My friends soon explained that the bar provided the blankies (awesome and less akward). With the heater blazing above me and wrapped up in a blanket, I immediately felt right at home.


Snug as a bug in a rug.

Third floor up we walk inside and the floor is covered in astroturf AKA fake grass and there is a curvy tiled pathway down the center of the room that leads you to the bar. The white outdoor tea settings scattered around the room made it feel like an enchanted tea party. The inside décor looks like your outside (this can become confusing especially after a few too many drinks). The real outside was the spectacular outdoor terrace overlooking our beautiful city of Melbourne.

Madame Brussels - The Outdoor Terrace

Madame Brussels – The Outdoor Terrace

The choices of drinks were mouth-watering, they had Jugs of Pimms with fruit and cucumber (my fave), Ameretto sour, Sangria etc. yum yum yum! We had these delightful little toasted sandwiches (no crusts) with poached chicken, chives and mayo. They were delicious! They had teeny bits of lemon rind in the sandwiches so each time you took a bite there was a hint of lemon. So refreshing! A sandwich refreshing?, who would have thought. Delicious! We also had Mother of Pearl’s homemade sausage rolls dunked in “dead ‘orse”. Dead ‘orse, tomato sauce, same same. Tasty! A table near us had the scones and the fondue, we viewed them from a distance and ate them with our eyes from a table close by.  They certainly looked delicious.  The tea was served in silver teapots with adorable knitted tea cosies aside mismatched vintage teacups.  Aww so cute even the teapots had a blankie. Before we left we couldn’t restrain from trying the lemon sponge cupcakes with hot pink icing displayed at the bar.. they were average but they looked pretty and had hidden raspberries inside yay.

Madame Brussels - Lemon sponge cupcakes with hot pink icing.

Madame Brussels – Lemon sponge cupcakes with hot pink icing.

I had a blast on a winter afternoon but I heard it’s even better in the summer. It gets really busy so you need to go early to score a good seat and apparently the nights on the weekend get super packed so go early to avoid sad-faces.

I heart Madame Brussels!

Olives x

Madame Brussels 
Address: Level 3, 59-63 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9662 2775
Trading Hours: Monday-Sunday (Everyday) 12pm (noon)-1am

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