Hardware Lane heats up for New Year

Published on 3 December 2020

Photo: illustration by Do Something Melbourne

Whether you like to live large on New Year’s with premium steak and fine wine or you prefer to keep things casual, Hardware Lane has plenty to offer. It’s one of Melbourne’s best-loved eat streets, so you know you’re in for a treat, whether you choose pizza and Spritzes, Southeast Asian banquets or something else entirely. Here’s what’s on offer for New Year Street Feasts, our CBD dining program on 31 December and 1 January.

The hawker food of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and beyond are yours for the savouring at Rice Paper Scissors. Alongside the standard menu, the team have planned an excellent vegan banquet: think betel leaves with green mango, coconut vinegar and chilli, grilled gai lan with a Balinese-style sesame dressing, and barbecued corn with salted coconut and lime. Every ticket includes two hours of ice-cold beer and sparkling wine to keep you feeling refreshed.

Possibly Hardware Lane’s best-kept secret, The Hardware Club plays a strong game of Italian dishes delivered with a contemporary flair. Mozzarella en carozza meets cacio e pepe in the Club’s moreish signature snack, oysters come with a Prosecco granita and to crown your New Year’s Eve dinner, the team will be roasting a suckling pig. Say yes.

The Hardware Club's cacio e pepe toastie

There’s no hiding the raucous fun that spills out of Miznon most nights of the year. This export from Eyal Shani, one of Israel’s most inventive and celebrated chefs, has earned many fans in Melbourne with its fresh flavours, fun-loving staff and creative spins on pitas, grilled seafood and vegetable-forward dishes. All that and more is in store this New Year’s Eve – with a finale that befits a spectacular end to the year.

Reignite the flame with Tipo 00 over five courses of excellent pasta, summer snacks and Tipo signatures. The restaurant is turning on the charm for the biggest party in Melbourne this year, bringing its uncomplicated Italian style to bear on the best summer ingredients, from heirloom tomatoes served with capers and saltbush, to zucchini flowers enriched by spanner crab and black garlic.

But perhaps it’s time to get to know 00’s sister venue, Osteria Ilaria. Where Tipo is all about the pasta, Ilaria takes a wider view of Italian cuisine, resulting in the likes of smoked-eel bombolone, crudo of scarlet prawns paired with ‘nduja and a dessert of nectarine, frozen Prosecco and lemon verbena. And it’s all for the bargain price of $90 for five courses.

Italy represent! Also joining the New Year festivities is +39 Pizzeria, named for the international dialling code for the mother country. The team are keeping things relaxed with a round of Spritzes for each table to start, some antipasto and gnocco fritto, and a choice of pizza or pasta. As for the desserts, they might just rival the countdown: choose from classic cannoli or torta Verona, a delicious riot of mascarpone cream, pandoro, cherry syrup, almonds and amaretto.

Palermo brings Argentine-style barbecue to Melbourne

The menus at Palermo put big Argentine flavours and premium produce front and centre. Regulars know it’s all about the grill here, and beef is certainly on the cards for New Year’s, but the charred spring onion with mozzarella and potato focaccia, the steak tartare with horseradish cream and the slow-cooked Western Plains pork sound mighty fine, too.

Browse the Hardware Lane precinct and buy your tickets to New Year Street Feasts now.