Mitchell Ogilvie:

168 Edward St, Brisbane QLD

Every self-consciously upmarket commercial centre aims to have one: a standout precinct of luxe retailers. Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci… the list is as familiar as it is exclusive.
Brisbane’s Edward Street plays host to a deluxe conga line of prestige marques, including an interloper, a homegrown Australian success story: Mitchell Ogilvie.
Actually, ‘interloper’ is the wrong word. Mitchell Ogilvie can almost single handedly take credit for the gentrification of the Edward Street shopping strip. Some 30 years ago he put his name above the door of a men’s outfitter, making a name for himself, and attracting others in the Birdcage set along the way.

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St Ali London:

27 Clerkenwell Road, London

The Melbourne-based roaster and café owned by impresario Salvatore Malatesta, is going worldwide. To ensure the quality coffee keeps flowing, St Ali has imported the UK’s first Slayer espresso machine, is importing and roasting its own beans and is developing a Barista Certification Programme to educate and test baristas eager to develop their skills. The 2,522 square foot venue will also be acquiring a late night license to cater for restaurant patrons and live events. Tim Cooke, an Aussie industrial designer based in the UK, designed the fitout as part of his company Long Black Ltd. And Paul Jewson, who was previously cooking up amazing dishes at Outpost has moved back to the UK to head up the kitchen, with input from St Ali’s head chef Ben Cooper. Tim Styles will be heading up operations, another Aussie ex-pat, who began his career at St Ali when it first opened, before working for Intelligentsia in the US and Square Mile coffee roasters in the UK before returning to the fold. Phew, it’s an ex-pat invasion. Next to come is the Sensory Lab, the experiment-al coffee lab that first opened at the entrance to Melbourne’s David Jones.

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Hunger For Business


30 The Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC
(03) 9534 3800 or

Across the road from the fledgling restaurant Phamish sit two enduring St Kilda icons; the gaping clown mouth of Luna Park and the old world Palais Theatre. Beyond these gatekeepers, the streetscape melds into a wake of eclectic venues left by the gentrification of the once bohemian enclave. It’s this eclecticism and edginess that owners and sisters Michelle and Nicole Saade commissioned interior designer Roberta Tessarolo from Rothelowman to encapsulate in the restaurant’s design.

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The State of Origin

Toby’s Estate:
29 Weston St, Brunswick, VIC
(03) 9009 5462 or

Toby’s Estate has moved south in a move to claim a chunk of Melbourne’s coffee trade. The boutique coffee supplier distributes to over 100 cafés across New South Wales, and, wishing to remain boutique, has stopped its push across its home state, opting to focus its efforts on the coffee lovers of Melbourne. Toby’s has set up its flagship store off Sydney Road, with Guy Mathews providing his industrial touch to the fitout. venue talked to head roaster Chris Bonney about the off-the-beaten-track location and coffee.

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Top End Kitchen

Zhen’s Kitchen: 7/50 Smith St, Darwin NT Zhen’s Kitchen is a canteen-style Asian restaurant located in Darwin. Designed by Andrew Waller Design, the eclectic interior references the ‘Night Markets’ in Taipei where the counter areas have taken on the form of street trolley eateries with billboard-style street signage. It’s all about mismatched gung-ho furnishings comprised mainly … Read more

Maedaya Bar

Maedaya Bar:

400 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
(03) 9428 3918

Toshi Maeda grew up in the province of Hyogo, Japan, famous for having the best sake rice. For the last 10 years, he has based himself in Australia, while touring the world with punk rock group Mach Pelican. Realising that his motherland’s sake wasn’t widely introduced to the rest of the world, and driven by his own ‘passion’ for alcohol, Maeda has opened his own sake and grill bar, Maedaya, in Melbourne. Maedaya Bar is a minimalist affair, designed by Architects Eat, using ordinary recyclable material throughout the design.

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