N2 Extreme Gelato

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Liquid nitrogen. Picnicing in a shop window. Bad-ass signage. The folk at N2 seem to know how to grab attention, but I think there’s more to this new kid than just smoke ‘n mirrors.

My first order at N2 was the Black Lava Salted Caramel – silky smooth and topped with black salt. My second was the TEAramisu: a “mild tea custard gelato with earl grey and marsala soaked sponge folded through, topped with an earl grey royale whipped mascarpone”. And both were more than enough for one.

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Depending on the time, day, or just plain bad luck, you may have to queue for your N2 treats. But if you’re going to eat gelato anywhere in Melbourne, N2 is definitely worth the wait.

329 Brunswick Street, Melbourne, VIC 3065

http://www.n2extremegelato.com.au

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Sonido!

I’ve never been able to walk past this Latin café without a sense of FOMO. Its brightly decorated walls always seem to beckon “Come party!”.

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This week I accepted the call to enter and discovered Sonido! truly is festive through and through. From the entrance to the bathroom, the café is busy with colourful South American objects including traditional posters, record covers, bags, hats, and percussion instruments. As the quote goes: “I AM LATINO I CANNOT KEEP CALM” – a welcome sentiment on a winter’s day!

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Although the menu is limited, the items are a treat. We ordered arepas – traditional maize cakes, available in ground yellow or white corn. I opted for arepas de queso, white corn cakes filled with melted cheese, served with avocado and tomato sides. Simple, yet also comforting and novel. Other options come with sides of scrambled eggs, beef, black beans and feta, and chorizo. Empanadas, a range of sweets, and “Friday Night Specials” are also on offer.

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Arepas de queso: white corn cakes filled with melted cheese, served with avocado and tomato sides

From “¡Hola” to “Adiós” my experience was thoroughly cheery and unpretentious. I’ll definitely be back for more soul-warming treats this winter. Sonido! is also open for dinner Thursday to Saturday and offers an array of South American drinks.

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69 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

http://sonido.com.au

Birdman Eating

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Ricotta hot cakes with raspberry sorbet, blueberry yoghurt & muesli crisp and the smoked pulled pork sandwich with pineapple sorbet

What I love about Birdman Eating is that it has an epic sense of play. Menu items such as the smoked pulled pork sandwich with pineapple sorbet, baked eggs with a ‘Semi-Dry french apple cider’, or Coco Pops ensure good times are had by all.

To quash any possibilities of FOMO, we ordered a ‘sweet’ and ‘savoury’ option to share: the ricotta hot cakes with raspberry sorbet, blueberry yoghurt & muesli crisp – and the smoked pulled pork sammich with pineapple sorbet. Both our tummies agreed Birdman delivered on its menu’s promises – we’ll definitely be back!

Address: 238 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC 3065

birdmaneating.com.au