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Der Raum – Winter 2010 Cocktails… dinner and dessert in a glass

June 17, 2010

From coffee science to cocktail science:  Matthew Bax’s extraordinary boundary-pushing cocktail den needs very little introduction.  Still sporting the same dark, haphazard look, the same massive Absinthe list, and the same gung-ho approach to pushing the definition and rituals of what we call ‘drinking’,  the Winter 2010 cocktail menu looks just delicious.  And intriguing.  From bunsen burners, smoke machines, dry ice, jam jars, beakers, freeze dried liqueurs, wood smoke:  you really never know what will greet you when you order a cocktail at Der Raum!  And that is part of the excitment: not just ‘will it taste amazing’ but ‘what visual treat am I in for?’ or ‘what odd implement will I need to utilise?’

Read all about Der Raum on their site here, but in the meantime, take a look at what is in store for Winter!


Der Raum Winter Collection

Following a brief dalliance with Autumn, the Der Raum teams attention has now turned to Winter with owner/executive bartender Matthew Bax recently hosting a month of creative sessions filled with flavour profiles from the darker, more warming end of the cocktail spectrum.

For your consideration…

Saffron Sake. Dubonet. Pressed Citrus. Palm Syrup.
Artisanal Winter Aromatics.
Gentle reassurance for those who got the cards, but not the luck

Elijah Craig. Lemon. Bittermens Mole Bitters. Cabernet & Sweet Port Fog.
A progressive interpretation of the famed New York Sour

Roast Butternut Pumpkin Rum. Spiced Ginger Gel. Maple Syrup. Port. Angostura Orange Bitters.
Roasted savoury aromas paired to sweetly spiced highlights.

Compass Box Asyla. Thyme. Palm Sugar. Almond & Dark Chocolate
Terra Firma.
Earthen aromas conjuring the winter soil

El Senorio Joven. Luxardo. Spiced Dark Chocolate. Chilli. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Hot White Chocolate & Tequila Foam.
A nitro whisked tribute to the Oaxaca desert chocolateatole


They also run Degustations:

July Cocktail Degustation.
Monday 26th July, 8:00pm onwards. MTS members $65, Guests $90.

With our degustation evenings acting as an invaluable tool in our development process, we are delighted to announce our upcoming July event.

Displaying our constantly progressive techniques and presentations, the evening aims to allow guests an intimate insight into our award winning bar teams’ ongoing evolution.
With tickets always in high demand, pre-bookings are essential. Please call (03) 9428 0055 or email:

Contact details: 438 Church St, Richmond, VIC  ph. (03) 94280055

Open Mon -Sun 5pm – 1am


Sensory Lab -St Ali vs David Jones for blinding coffee science

June 15, 2010

I’ve been waiting months for Sensory Lab to have an online presence, making it easier to locate, describe and promote.  A collab between St Ali, Melbourne’s coffee maffioso,  and unlikely partners David Jones, Sensory Lab is the latest word in Melbourne’s continual dalliance with the relationship between coffee and science.  Set up like a Laboratory, Sensory Lab serves filters, syphons and the ultimate fix  in cold drip coffee, all presented school-experiment stylee in beakers and pipettes.  Staff wear Lab coats, and the scientific sideof roasting and blending  is pushed front centre, with baristas and brewers only too happy to educate drinkers in the differences in beans, in various preparation methods and what to look out for in taste.  It’s a visual and palate treat to spend time in Sensory Lab, if you can avoid glancing up the stairs into the more mundane surrounds of the department store.

If you feel like seeing the window dressing of science-fetishism but want a standard espresso hit, Sensory Lab has a corner for Normal Transactions, including a cake cabinet containing what look like tasty morsels: but my adventures here are usually centred around the lab bench and its array of bunsen burners.  Most beloved is the cold drip filter, which often comes in two single origins from which to choose and has taken eight hours and the full force of gravity to brew. The caffeine kick is huge but the taste complex, subtle and eminently repeatable.

For those who like it so much they must possess their own artefact: both beans and equipment are available for take-home at the Sensory Lab counter.

Beans are also available online through their website, as are blognotes and youtube videos.

Takeaway window open from 7am, and the full lab is open usual department store hours: 9.30am – 6pm,  Sun – Wed, and until 9pm Thurs- Fri, until 7pm Sat.

Located at: 297 Lt Collins St City. Ph. (03) 9643 2222.


Steampunk Extravaganza forewarning: Clockwork Butterfly @ Thornbury Theatre, 9th October 2010

May 13, 2010

Everyone loves a bit of Steampunk, right?  Or so it seems these days what with every bit of technology and clothing having, seemingly, a Steampunk equivalent or adjunct made of shiny brassy retro clockwork stuff.  Want to find out more about how all this Steampunkery looks and works?  There’s a good option coming up later this year, and it doesn’t require you to show up looking like some kind of Victoriana meets Metropolis character:  the Clockwork Butterfly show. Deets below and more to come on their website:


Astronomy Society of Victoria… August stargazing, membership and beyond

August 4, 2009
August Monthly Meeting
Date: Wed. 12th August, 8pm 

Venue: National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne 

Guest Speaker: Dr Bart Pindor (University of Melbourne) 

Topic: The Evolution of the Universe – Our Cosmic Past: The history of the Universe is perhaps the oldest and most compelling question in astronomy. Over the past 80 years, astronomers have made a series of remarkable discoveries which have given us an ever more detailed understanding of the evolution of the universe. Our latest discoveries even give us a surprising hint of the future which awaits our distant descendants. Bart Pindor will deliver a fascinating non technical presentation on this subject that will be suitable for all to digest as he answers the ultimate questions of Love, Pain, the Universe and Everything! 

All are welcome, there is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Special Reminder: The ASV Library is now open following the meeting, as well as the usual opening prior to the meeting.  

Perry Vlahos, President



New Astronomers’ Group intake
If you are thinking of joining the August Intake of the New Astronomers’ Group (NAG) it was already 2/3rd full at the start of July. Applications close on 06th Aug so be quick. There are four Intakes per year in Feb, May, Aug, and Oct for this 12month course.

To find out more visit the “What is NAG” and “How to join NAG” pages of this web-site.
To apply send you ASV membership details to:


Wunderkammer – Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

January 3, 2008

Aaaahhh Glorious Wunderkammer.  Jewel in the crown for collecters of the strange and priceless.  The ultimate Cabinet of Curios, this tucked away gem is a must visit for anyone with even a slight interest in oddities.  It’s not a very practical shop (although you could use some of their bones and fossils as paperweights) but it is a very beautiful one, and caters for collecters of the unusual in many different fields. 
On display there are: bones and fossils, scientific marvels, antique medical equipment, astronomy tools – particularly antique and antique reproduction, stuffed animals, mounted butterflies and insects and odd tomes.    You’ll definitely see items here you’ll never find anywhere else, and frankly the visionary behind Wunderkammer truly classifies as Mad Genius for constantly sourcing it all for what must be a most intriguing list of clients.  If Bernard’s Magic Shop can give you a temporary sense of playing at magician, carny folk or magic, Wunderkammer can really show you artefacts from these subcultural vaults. 
The Wunderkammer website:  has more info about the shop although it is, sadly, rarely updated. 
The best thing about Wunderkammer:  the astrolabes, antique scientific glassware, scientific wonders.
The downside:  it’s not overpriced for what it is, but there will be many more things you want than you can afford, guaranteed.

439 Lonsdale StreetMelbourne, Vic, 3000Ph: 03 9642 4694Fax: 03 9642 4695Opening Hours:Tue-Fri 10AM-6PM

Sat 10AM-4PM 
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