Royal Croquet Club 2015

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Birrarung Marr

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Birrarung Marr

The Royal Croquet Club is a summer festival at Birrarung Marr of food, beverages, beats and croquet of course. Today is the last day so grab some friends and head on down.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Fun in the sun

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Fun in the sun

It was a beautiful summer setting with loads of fake grass and cute seated areas.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Croquet

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Croquet

Here are some people playing croquet.There were a few more croquet sets this year which was great so more people got a chance to play.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Beverages! Jugs of Pimms

It’s been super hot in late so beverages were in order. They had a lovely range of Yalumba wines and Jugs of Pimms to share with your mates (or drink all to yourself, whatever, no judgement). There was also a captain Morgan’s bar serving the best spiced rum.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Ruyi crispy chicken w honey wasabi sauce

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Ruyi crispy chicken w honey wasabi sauce

Ruyi had their crispy chicken bites with sweet honey wasabi sauce. The sauce had a good wasabi punch. Yum!

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Gazi saganaki croquetta w peppered fig sauce

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Gazi saganaki croquetta w peppered fig sauce

From Gazi we had the saganaki croquette which was like a stick of saganaki crumbed and deep fried. So good! The fried cheese was paired with a peppered fig dipping sauce that was savoury and sweet.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Bluebonnet BBQ cornbread waffled w smoked pork belly

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Bluebonnet BBQ cornbread waffled w smoked pork belly

Bluebonnet BBQ were serving cornbread waffles with smoked pork belly, creamed corn and porcini popcorn. This looked amazing was delicious. It was an interesting combination of flavours and textures. It was great.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Tokyo Tina kingfish rice paper rolls

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Tokyo Tina kingfish rice paper rolls

The Kingfish rice paper rolls from Tokyo Tina, were simple and fresh. They came with a nice plum dipping sauce.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Mamasita Corn w cheese and chipotle mayo

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Mamasita Corn w cheese and chipotle mayo

Mamasita corn is the best kind of corn. It is slathered with cheese, chipotle mayo and paprika. It was spicy and creamy and amazing. Love.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 - Pidapipo gelato

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015 – Pidapipo gelato

Pidapipo were serving a range of gelato which is so perfect for this weather. They had a range of flavours. Raspberry white chocolate, passionfruit, salted caramel, nutella swirl etc. The Nutella swirl was my fave,

Today is the last day of the event so head down. Perfect weather for it!

I heart the RCC!

Olives x

 

Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to the Royal Croquet Club.

 

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne 2015
Event dates: 10th December – 20th December 2015
Address: Birrarung Mar
Website: https://royalcroquetclub.com.au/melbourne/
Trading hours: Open daily from Midday

The Flying Duck Hotel

The Flying Duck Hotel - Open terrace

The Flying Duck Hotel – Open terrace

The flying duck hotel has been around for many years in fact it first opened in 1868. It has a beautiful beer garden and an open terrace. We were there for the re-launch, where they showcased the beautiful space and introduced their new chef. Lots of beverages and lots of food. It’s where you want to be on a hot summers day.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Beer garden

The Flying Duck Hotel – Beer garden

It had a relaxed vibe and lots of beautiful outdoor space.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Bar

The Flying Duck Hotel – Bar

They have an extensive range of beers and wines, which is always a plus.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Beer

The Flying Duck Hotel – Beer

Lots o’ beer.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Watermelon sangria

The Flying Duck Hotel – Watermelon sangria

They had big bowls of ice with squares of watermelon sangria. Fruity, red wine soaked watermelon pieces, they were refreshing and sweet.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Homemade prawn crackers

The Flying Duck Hotel – Homemade prawn crackers

They had these homemade prawn crackers that were tasty. All shapes and sizes.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Strawberry gazpacho & parmesan foam

The Flying Duck Hotel – Strawberry gazpacho & parmesan foam

We tried the shots of strawberry gazpacho with parmesan foam. It was definitely interesting. A strange combo of flavours,

The Flying Duck Hotel - Crumbed oyster w tigers milk and kiffir lime salad

The Flying Duck Hotel – Crumbed oyster w tigers milk and kiffir lime salad

The crumbed oysters were my favourite. They had a light beautifully crunchy crumb with tiger’s milk, which had the oyster flavour with a bit of zest. Delish!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Close up my fave!

The Flying Duck Hotel – Close up my fave!

Here is a close up. Love!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Chicken pastries w creamy mushroom sauce

The Flying Duck Hotel – Chicken pastries w creamy mushroom sauce

The chicken pasties had a light puff pastry and were accompanied by a mushroom sauce. They were dusted with icing sugar, which made them a little sweet.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Kingfish ceviche

The Flying Duck Hotel – Kingfish ceviche

The kingfish ceviche was nice and zesty, sitting in a black rice cracker.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Soft-shell crab slider

The Flying Duck Hotel – Soft-shell crab slider

Little mini sliders are so cute. And they’re even cuter when they have a giant soft shell crab doing a fly-kick out of the bun. It had pickled slaw and aioli. They were yum,

The Flying Duck Hotel - Dumplings

The Flying Duck Hotel – Dumplings

The dumplings had a thick skin pastry and were sitting in a spiced curry sauce.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Pork belly skewers

The Flying Duck Hotel – Pork belly skewers

The pork belly skewers were tasty, they had a sticky marinade with spring onions.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Semi dried tomato croquettes w broccoli pesto

The Flying Duck Hotel – Semi dried tomato croquettes w broccoli pesto

The semi dried tomato croquettes were full of flavour. They were crunchy on the outside and soft and sort of like arancini in the middle. It had a spot of broccoli pesto on top. Tasty.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Mini parma

The Flying Duck Hotel – Mini parma

They had mini parmas, which were little strips of chicken in a tomato sauce wrapped in a lettuce leaf. I’ve never been able to eat a parma in two bites before so it was definitely a first.

The Flying Duck Hotel - Cocktails

The Flying Duck Hotel – Cocktails

We had this passionfruit and lime cocoktail (the name escapes me) and it was delicious!

The Flying Duck Hotel - Nitrogen popcorn w honey and lavender

The Flying Duck Hotel – Nitrogen popcorn w honey and lavender

At the end of the night, the chefs were making nitrogen popcorn with honey and lavender. It looked like frozen popcorn and was incredibly light. It was cold and had a subtle honey floral flavour amongst the creaminess.

Summer is here and the flying duck hotel is a great place to gather some friends together for a tasty feed and some bevvies.

I heart The Flying Duck Hotel!

Olives x

The Flying Duck Hotel
Address: 67 Bendigo St, Prahran VIC 3181
Website: http://flyingduckhotel.com.au/
Phone: 03 9510 8081
Trading Hours: Sun- Wed: 12pm-11pm, Thu-Sat: 12pm-12am

Flying Duck Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Note: Olive Sundays was invited as a guest to The Flying Duck Hotel.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne (RCC)

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Birrarung Marr

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Birrarung Marr

The Royal Croquet Club (RCC) is a pop up festival comprising food, beverages, a bit of sport and music. What’s croquet again? You know that game the queen of hearts plays in Alice in wonderland with the live flamingos as mallets and cute little hedgehogs as balls. Well it’s that game but less imaginative, it’s a nice casual summer sport. But is RCC really all about croquet? Not to my hungry tums it wasn’t, it was all about delicious food and summer beverages.

Royal Croquet Club - Melbourne

Royal Croquet Club – Melbourne

There were jugs of Pimms everywhere. Pimms with dry and fresh fruit is my fave. The Pimms was flowing and the sun was shining and that is what summer is all about. There are benches and seats around to sit or you can find a spot on the lawn.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Mr Claws' spicy lobster roll

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Mr Claws’ spicy lobster roll

Our first stop was Mr Claws. We had the chunky spicy lobster roll, which was a toasted brioche bun (oh so buttery) with cold chunky bits of lobster mixed in sriracha chilli mayo with spring onions to garnish. Loved it! You could probably eat it in three bites, or even two depending on your bite size, but each bite was delightful. I wanted to go back and get one of each flavour, they also had miso wasabi and the classic buttermilk roll available.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Miss Chu's vegetarian hanoi spring rolls

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Miss Chu’s vegetarian hanoi spring rolls

Second we tried Miss Chu’s crispy vegetarian Hanoi spring rolls. The outside of the spring roll looked like a wispy net of pastry, which was crispy and crumbly. It was nice and the spring rolls absorbed the nouc cham dipping sauce really well. I usually like my Hanoi spring rolls with meat but these were nice too.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - D.O.C's lamb skewers w sea salt

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – D.O.C’s lamb skewers w sea salt

After that no meat special we ordered some lamb skewers with sea salt from D.O.C . They were simple and delicious. It was small pieces of lamb on a skewer, which were cooked to perfection. They were juicy and tender and completely delish. I liked that they were mini pieces along the skewer, it made it easy to eat.

I saw people with the lamb chops on potato salad from Meatmother, which looked amazing. I had total food envy but had to decline because I was already feeling too full. I hate when that happens. That’s okay I’ll just have to make another visit. They also had a St. Ali caravan serving coffees and stuff.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Gelato Messina's Black Forrest Bisque

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Gelato Messina’s Black Forrest Bisque

Gelato Messina had an international soup kitchen, a very creative concept. The gelato was served in little soup tins. So adorable! And not to mention delicious!

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Black Forrest Bisque - Spoonful of delish

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Black Forrest Bisque – Spoonful of delish

We tried the black forrest bisque, which was chocolate fondant gelato, cherry jam, kirsch (brandy) cream and kirsch soaked sponge. The chocolate was rich and indulgent. I don’t usually eat soup in summer, but this is the exception. Frozen soup is a really cool idea.

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne - Gelato Messina's Faux Pho

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne – Gelato Messina’s Faux Pho

My first thought when I heard there was pho gelato I mistakenly thought that it was gelato that tastes like pho (beef broth soup) and that would be pretty rank. But I had it all wrong. The gelato was soup inspired. For example, the faux pho (love the name) had Asian inspired flavours. It had salted coconut sorbet, kaffir lime marshmallow, lychee coconut cream and a chilli cashew crunch. They were exciting little pots of deliciousness. Ahh it all makes sense. It was amazing!

RCC is a great concept combining sport, music, drinks and food. All the things you want to be doing with your friends during summer in one place. It’s a fun place to hang after work or on the weekend this summer. It’s open up until the end of Jan so grab your mates and pop by.

I heart the Royal Croquet Club!

Olives x

Royal Croquet Club Melbourne
Address: Birrarung Marr (behind Fed square)
Facebook: http://www.grandtrailerpark.com.au
Event Dates: Friday 16th January 2015 – Sunday 1st February 2015
Trading Hours: Mon-Thu: 4pm-11pm, Fri: 4pm-1am, Sat: 12pm-1am, Sun: 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