Project Q.U.A.D in association with Southgate present PLAY ME

Project Q.U.A.D in association with Southgate present PLAY ME

Tuesday 8 July – Thursday 31 July

Opening Night: Tuesday 8 July

This July, Project Q.U.A.D supported by Southgate present PLAY ME, an innovative and expansive program of Melbourne’s best video art, animation and short films programmed at Southgate Cinema, Melbourne’s only silent cinema.

Launching on Tuesday 8 July this ambitious inaugural program Project Q.U.A.D brings together an eclectic range of moving image artworks screening Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  Showcasing more than 20 works from Melbourne filmmakers, video artists and animators this free presentation of video creates a new, alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video and media artists from Melbourne.

Audiences are invited to sit and watch or capture passing glimpses of a unique variety of visual feasts. PLAY ME brings art out of its usual exhibition space and utilises the public space of Southgate as a platform to introduce broader audiences to Melbourne’s diverse world of video art and independent film in one of the most exciting video projects of the year.

Participating artists: Tors Davis, Isobel Knowles, Alesh Macak, Mimi Leung, Pip Ryan, Emma Hamilton, Xanthe Dobbie, Travis Heinrich, Laura Carthew, Zoe Scoligio, Nikki Lam, Colby Cannon, Michael Meneghetti, Aiden Morse, Ilya Milstien, Paco Pictures, Nathan Ceddia, Anita Spooner, Jack Peddey, Lisa Stewart, Benjamin Portas, Veronica Cust, James Spinks and Rowan McNaught.

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Southgate Moveable Feasts on sale now!

Sunday 15 June – Monday 4 August

This winter, Southgate presents a series of Moveable Feasts where Melburnians and Melbourne-lovers alike can savour the melting hot pot of flavours that our city has to offer.

Over three courses, wander from restaurant to restaurant within the precinct to discover unique presentations of world-class cuisines from Japanese, Italian and German to Tasmanian and native North American. Choose from a three course Sunday lunch or Monday evening dinner from a range of Southgate restaurants, including newcomers ArtusiAmarok Bar & Restaurant, the new Bluetrain, and Hophaus!

View the full Moveable Feast schedule here


Gastrology reviews Hophaus Southgate

Gastrology attended the launch of reinvented European bier hall ‘HOPHAUS’ at Southgate last week.

Along with the impending opening of new Southgate Italian wine and tapas restaurant ARTUSI, Red Emperor’s new location and chef Lin Chan (Flower Drum), and Bluetrain’s critically acclaimed new upper level fit out, HOPHAUS affirms Southgate’s position as a landmark Melbourne dining and socialising destination.

Read the full review here

The Modern Con reviews Amarok Bar Restaurant

Check out what The Modern Con had to say about Amarok Bar Restaurant and Ice Bar Melbourne.

With winter around the corner, Melbournians are pulling out the duvets and snuggling by the heater; but why do that when you could head to Southgate – a location becoming more and more trendy by the week – and enjoy the warmth of a fireplace with cocktails and tapas in style?

Amarok is Southgates newest venue to open its doors, right next to HOPHAUS. The venue immediately emminates a cosy environment with a lodge-like feel; a moose head on the wall, warming colours and a gorgeous view of Southbank.

Read the full review here

Hophaus NOW OPEN!

We are excited to announce Hophaus is now open on the mid level at Southgate!

With an impressive selection of German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech Brews on offer, Hophaus is a unique drinking house, somewhere to taste and learn about the famous German beer styles that have influenced the drinking habits of generations across the globe.

The menu features classic Bavarian favourites such as Pork Knuckle, Bratwurst, Wiener Schnitzel and more. All with a contemporary Melbourne flair and an open kitchen showcasing low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie.

Open every day 11am till late!

Progressive Dinners becomes Southgate Moveable Feasts!

This year Southgate’s Progressive Dinners have been given a makeover and will now be known as Southgate Moveable Feasts!

Its time to celebrate winter dining with friends at a Sunday lazy lunch progressive and the classic Monday night progressive dinner. Choose from a three course dinner or lunch for $60 or $85 at three different restaurants. This year we are excited to bring you 14 Southgate restaurants including newcomers Artusi, Amarok Bar & Restaurant, the new Bluetrain and Hophaus!

Southgate Moveable Feasts are on sale now! Book now to secure your tickets.

HOPHAUS to open at Southgate!

DEXUS Property Group and Red Rock Leisure officially announce the launch of HOPHAUS, in Southgate restaurant and shopping precinct’s iconic space previously occupied by Bluetrain (now on Southgate’s upper level).

A contemporary twist on the great Bavarian Beer Halls, HOPHAUS is the latest addition to Red Rock Leisure’s stable of social pubs and Southgate’s restaurant precinct, drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the world’s original “craft breweries” that celebrates the Germanic approach to brewing, one of both art and science. With unparalleled views along the Yarra housing up to 350 patrons, HOPHAUS is set to become an exciting new destination for Melbourne social gatherings.

Scott Travers, DEXUS Regional General Manager Office & Industrial says, “We are proud to announce the opening of HOPHAUS at Southgate this year, which will add a unique new beer hall experience to Southgate. Along with the impending opening of new Southgate Italian wine and tapas restaurant ARTUSI, Red Emperor’s new location and chef Lin Chan (Flower Drum), and Bluetrain’s critically acclaimed new upper level fit out, HOPHAUS affirms Southgate’s position as a landmark Melbourne dining and socialising destination.”

HOPHAUS owner, Paul O’Brien says, “We wanted to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience in this iconic location, an experience that delights and surprises yet also feels familiar and hospitable.”

HOPHAUS will house over 30 draught taps around its huge central bar.  With an impressive selection of German, Austrian, Belgian and Czech Brews on offer, HOPHAUS will be a unique drinking house, somewhere to taste and learn about the famous German beer styles that have influenced the drinking habits of generations across the globe.

HOPHAUS’ architectural design has been created by the multi award-winning Maddison Architects founded by Peter Maddison of Grand Designs Australia.

Peter Maddison says, “We have taken great delight in crafting a unique interior for this project, which is based on research of European beer halls, and then re-inventing them, so that the materials and finishes are familiar, yet somehow different.  This can be seen in for example, the polychrome glazed brickwork (over 6,000 in total) that feature throughout the venue.”

Feature beers will change regularly and some of Germany’s and Europe’s oldest and most loved brews will be available on tap, including beers from the famed Weihenstephan (the world’s oldest brewery), Paulaner, Franziskaner and Bitburger breweries.

HOPHAUS will also feature a selection of German, Austrian and Alsace wines by the glass along with New World wines that celebrate the region’s famed varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner and more.

The menu at HOPHAUS will feature classic Bavarian favourites with a contemporary Melbourne flair with a big focus on communal shared dining. The open kitchen will showcase low and slow cooking methods over the coal fired pit and rotisserie.

Executive Chef, Marc Brown promises the food will be exciting and fresh, using age-old European cooking styles that bring out the natural flavours of great Victorian produce.

“Uncomplicated, nothing too fussy or overly sauced, just good honest food that will keep you coming back for more,” says Marc Brown.

The kitchen will be open for lunch and dinner, while a bar menu will complement an afternoon or late night brew.

Hophaus is anticipated to open in late May 2014. For more information subscribe to the Southgate eNewsletter.

Flavours of Melbourne

In this second edition of Flavours of Melbourne the book uncovers Melbourne’s nooks and crannies – upstairs, downstairs and through the complex laneway system. Featuring beautiful photography, the history of how our city came to be, recipes, street art, restaurants and bars – all coming together in this exciting new book about the flavours of the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne.

The cover showcases the vibrant street art culture of Melbourne’s laneways as well as doubling as a map; the dustcover itself folds out into a map pinpointing the hotspots of Melbourne.

Not only is this book your guide to Melbourne but it’s your at-home recipe guide to Melbourne’s dining scene. With recipes from all your favourite restaurants, where head chefs use the local produce that surrounds Melbourne.

Winner of World Gourmand Cookbook Awards, New York City IPPY Award.

Pick up your copy at these restaurants and retailers:



DEXUS Property Group announces the opening of new restaurant ARTUSI in prestigious Southgate location.

DEXUS Property Group officially announces the launch of ARTUSI, a new modern Italian wine bar and dining establishment at the Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct.

Opening in April 2014, ARTUSI will cater to 150 patrons for lunch, pre-theatre, dinner and supper seven days a week with an extensive Italian and European wine list and authentic Italian tapas menu created by head chef Leandro Panza.

Scott Travers, DEXUS Regional General Manager Office & Industrial said, “We are proud to announce the opening of ARTUSI at Southgate this year, which will add an exceptional new wine and Italian tapas experience to Southgate. The restaurant is ideally positioned next to Hamer Hall and affirms Southgate’s position as the gateway to Melbourne’s arts precinct.”

ARTUSI is the brainchild of Luis Pampliega and Tamara Volkoff, owners of the much-loved Southgate Italian eatery Tutto Bene that is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The ethos of ARTUSI is ‘The Art of Eating and Drinking Well’, inspired by Pellegrino Artusi and his book La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiar Bene (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well), published in 1891. Italian born Artusi was a bon vivant and raconteur, well known in the art and food world, and credited by many food historians as establishing a truly national cuisine and laying the foundations for Italy’s dining identity as we know it.

With a Sicilian heritage and knowledge and passion for Italian cooking, ARTUSI’s head chef Leandro Panza has been integral in the development of the new venture and has worked with world renowned Italian restaurateurs and establishments. These include La Strada in Singapore and celebrity chef George Locatelli’s Michelin star restaurant, Zafferano in London, as well as in several of Melbourne’s well established Italian restaurants, including Tutto Bene, where Leandro currently remains as executive chef.

“Our focus is on producing artisan handmade pastas and a mouth-watering selection of delicacies, such as whole roasted duck, suckling pig and fish created from the new wood fired oven which will be the heart and soul of the kitchen, matched with a wide selection of boutique wines. Organic produce, bespoke producers and ‘paddock to plate’ dining is inherent to ARTUSI’s philosophy with the whole experience centred on simplicity, authenticity and quality,” said Leandro.

ARTUSI’s architectural design will be created by Chris Connell (Café Cucina, Il Bacaro, Melbourne Dining Room) and is inspired by Southgate’s history as a landmark city dining destination with features of its bluestone façade with copper and marble accents, opening the light through the bay windows to bask in the view of the city by day or by night.

ARTUSI will be located on Southgate’s upper level joining well-known Southgate favourites The Deck, Miyako and the new look Bluetrain. The venue is the first in a series of new restaurant openings at Southgate in 2014, with a European beer dining concept to follow later in the year.

Download Artusi media release