image: a poster for A Weekend With Manzé, illustrated by Jason Ph
[image: a poster for A Weekend With Manzé, illustrated by Jason Ph]

(A Weekend With Manzé)

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May

We are so excited to welcome to the west our dear friend Nagesh Seethiah, owner and smiling face behind the pass at one of our favourite restaurants: Manzé, in North Melbourne.

Recently named in the Top 25 restaurants in Melbourne by Gourmet Traveller, awarded One Hat by Good Food Guide, and featured by The New York Times, Manzé is a Mauritian restaurant serving the food of Nagesh's childhood memories.

We’ve been wanting to get Nagesh to Perth for a few years now, thinking his food translates beautifully to our climate and our Indian Ocean outlook. He’s joining us for a whole weekend – details below!

Saturday 18 May ~ Snack Party
Open from 12pm - 11pm
Food from 2pm - 9pm or until sold out
Walk-ins only

Sunday 19 May ~ Set Lunch
$55, three courses
From 12pm
Bookings essential

(About: Manzé)

Manzé is a restaurant in North Melbourne serving Mauritian food and natural wine, co-owned by Nagesh Seethiah, contemporary artist Jason Phu and culture journalist Osman Faruqi. One of Melbourne's most talked-about recent openings, and quite possibly Australia's most high-profile Mauritian restaurant, Manzé is a place where creativity, identity and (very, very good) cooking meet.

Each dish is packed with flavour and a story, and is prepared with meticulous care and a passion that extends across every facet of the restaurant. It was one of the first restaurants we visited when we moved to Melbourne, in the thick of winter, and the warmth and welcome it offered stuck with us. Tom also went on to do a few rockstar shifts on the floor, so it’s only natural we’d reunite for more.

See here Manzé sample menu.

(About: Nagesh Seethiah)

Nagesh Seethiah is the chef and owner of Manzé. In 2022, he was named in Melbourne Food & Wine's 30 Under 30. Nagesh grew up in Mauritius until age eight, when he moved to Aotearoa New Zealand and then, eventually, Canberra, where he got his first kitchen job at the legendary Bar Rochford. He opened Manzé in 2021.

image: a poster for Sam Vinciullo x Nonna Sissi. Illustration by Bec Stawell Wilson.
[image: a poster for Sam Vinciullo x Nonna Sissi. Illustration by Bec Stawell Wilson.]

(In Town: Sam Vinciullo x Nonna Sissi)

Thursday 28 March
From 5pm – late
Walk-ins only

Join us for an evening with Sam Vinciullo — the farmer, the grower, the vigneron, the poet. With Sam drawing wines from his cellar, this special list takeover presents a rare opportunity to taste his almost always sold out back vintages side by side. He’ll also be bringing lovingly-reared, freshly picked produce from his garden in Margaret River to be put to use in our kitchen.

Alongside Sam, we welcome a very special guest from the expanded Wines of While family, Nonna Sissi, whose gnocchi is a heaven-sent staple for those in her orbit. For one night only, Sissi will make her gnocchi in our kitchen for you all — the perfect complement to Sam’s highly drinkable yet complex wines. Plates from chef Blake Ellis using Sam’s vegetables will round out the menu.

This is a double-header for the ages, timed for maximum enjoyment before the Easter long weekend. We will be closed on Easter Friday.

Walk-ins only, from 5pm til late. Put it in your calendar!

Poster artwork by Bec Stawell Wilson.

image: a poster for Lover's Melt, illustrated by Jeffrey Annert.
[image: a poster for Lover's Melt, illustrated by Jeffrey Annert.]

(Lover's Melt)

Friday, 16 February
From 6pm - Midnight
Walk-ins only

A delayed celebration of love for lovers of all sorts!

It’s been a hot and heavy minute since the last Lover’s Melt, but it’s back to provide a much-needed dose of love and romance. Brought to you by friends:

“The Love Birds”
Nic + Randy

Playing love songs all night long.

From the kitchen: party snacks and pasta to nourish hearts and bellies. Plus a wine list full of goodness transmitting love direct from soil and vineyard to your cup. May it runneth over!

Poster artwork by the multitalented Jeffrey Annert.

image: a poster for Fancy Dinner, illustrated by artist and designer Bec Stawell Wilson.
[image: a poster for Fancy Dinner, illustrated by artist and designer Bec Stawell Wilson.]

(Fancy Dinner)

New Year's Eve
From 6pm
Buy Ticket

Join us for a proper sit-down, five-course set menu dinner to ring in the new year.

We'll be highlighting a range of stunning wines from the cellar.

Places are limited, so we recommend securing a spot early. Your ticket includes your meal and a welcome drink.

Buy Ticket

image: a poster for Friends Across the Nullarbor, made by Stephen Brameld and Jay Staples.
[image: a poster for Friends Across the Nullarbor, made by Stephen Brameld and Jay Staples.]

(Friends Across the Nullarbor)

Friday, 22 December
From 4pm
Walk-ins only

Wines of While is under new ownership, and we're having a launch party. Please come say hello!

Friend and chef Ali Currey-Voumard (ex head chef, Public Wine Shop and Agrarian Kitchen) will be joining our inaugural chef in residence Blake Ellis in the kitchen to dish up some new-old favourite recipes, and a special wine list will showcase our favourite producers from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Walk-ins only, from 4pm til late. Kitchen closes at 9.30pm, or until sold out.

This beautiful poster is an original artwork by Boorloo/Perth artists Stephen Brameld and Jay Staples. Inspired by the physical and emotional experience of the Nullarbor, its four quadrants represent many journeys. The bottom right sees a gugubarra (kookaburra), a bird native to the east and introduced here in 1897 in a bid to control snake numbers. Directly above is a semblance of a vast, flat, salt-washed landscape, perhaps viewed through a car windscreen, splattered with bugs. To the left, the ever-present clear blue sky, and below that: the happenings within a train carriage. All framed by the soil-red of earth below the surface, these loose vignettes reflect the images we store as we travel east-west and that come to define our imagination.