Have you met Zigfrid?

Who: Zigfrids

Where: 65 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

Geelong West's newest eatery and bar!

Geelong West’s newest eatery and bar!

On our morning walks to and from our local caffeine dealer, Andrew & I have been coveting a particular red brick warehouse on Pakington Street and imagining the things we could do to it if it belonged to us!  As it turns out, the real owners, two very experienced Geelong locals (Beav & Donna), had a vision far beyond ours!

When I discovered that they had finally opened last Friday night, I decided that we needed a night out for a family dinner and to see what had been going on behind closed doors all these months!

Sorry Jen; we’ll have a girls night there when you get back from LA!

Slick industrial fit-out designed by Donna!

Slick industrial inspired fit-out designed by Donna!

The first thing that had me gobsmacked was the slick fit-out, which compliments the buildings original features – clearly Donna has a natural talent, as she designed it herself!

While we were there, an elderly couple arrived and spent quite some time soaking up the interior.  They were once the owners of the property and used to run it as a mechanics workshop. They were so impressed that the old building had been brought back to life with the use of polished concrete floors, exposed bricks and spectacular handcrafted and locally made dining tables. I don’t know about you, but I love the increasing trend of new owners of old buildings in Geelong, re-purposing them for all of us to enjoy!

So we sat for a couple of hours and were fed by Zigfrids incredibly talented chef; Alex McIntosh, who hails from Canada and has now, made Geelong his home.

We started with a tuna titaki that literally melted in our mouths and some oysters from St. Helens in TAS and Coffin Bay in SA. The Tassie ones are my absolute favourite as they are small and sweet (Don’t gag Laura; I’ll make an oyster connoisseur out of you one day!).

They don’t have a specific “kids menu”, but there are plenty of kid-friendly options (think Pork Sliders, Chicken wings, Lamb ribs) and the kitchen was happy to make them something simple, if we wanted. Our kids are pretty adventurous eaters and will try anything put in front of them, so it was definitely not needed!

Miss 9 and Master 6 had the prawn cocktail, which was absolutely NOT the 1980’s version; this one had yummy fat prawns, amazing Asian-style dressing and killer chilli!  Not sure how many kids would cope with that much chilli, but it was pretty easy to avoid!

The pork sliders were perfect! Miss 7 managed to down all 3 of them without having to share! I did have to ask her very nicely if I could have a bite so I could write about it!

Tuna Titaki, Pulled Pork Sliders & Killer Prawn Cocktail!

Melt-in-your-mouth Tuna Titaki, Perfect Pork Sliders & Killer Prawn Cocktail!

For main course, Andrew had the HUGE pork loin, with smoked apple puree and toasted oats; which he described as a pork apple crumble!  I wanted to save room for dessert so I had the perfectly cooked salmon. (Unfortunately the soft shell crab wasn’t available last night, so I had a super-sneaky lunch there today and can HIGHLY recommend it).  We couldn’t decide if we wanted the coconut panna cotta for dessert, but I’m a sucker for chocolate & cherries, so we went for the very naughty ice-cream sandwich!

Moriac Pork, Tasmanian Salmon and a naughty ice-cream sandwich!

Moriac Pork, Tasmanian Salmon and a naughty ice-cream sandwich!

What we sampled on Monday night was just the tip of the iceberg!  Zigfrids is open 7 days a week from 8am – 11pm  and bookings are recommended.  Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch or dinner, they’ve definitely got you covered and there is a casual outdoor area if you just want a snack and a drink. Their extensive list of Australian wines, as well as local and imported beers & ciders, are all served by staff that were both friendly and super-efficient!

I loved everything about Zigfrids and I’m so happy to see Pakington Street continue to evolve into a real destination for eating, drinking and shopping!

Very much looking forward to my next visit!


(photo’s courtesy of Andrew Cirillo)

High Tea on the High Seas

Where: Queenscliff Ferry Teminal or Sorrento Ferry Terminal

When: Every Sunday departing at 3pm From Queenscliff or 12 noon from Sorrento

Web: www.searoad.com.au/high-tea

We are starting off the year with our first post about a little adventure I had. Nat couldn’t make it this time so I took the other half along.

High Tea on the High Seas is a great afternoon out. Especially if you like lovely little treats. And there are plenty of them.

On arriving on the Ferry you are seated in the Portsea Lounge with expansive views of the ocean and white table linen. You can select a glass of wine or bubbles or a beer from a wine list of local producers. Once the ferry starts its journey your high tea is served.

Little fancy finger sandwiches, savoury slices and gourmet pies, followed by scones with jam and cream if you would like to have a Devonshire tea. On your return you have your sweets selection and I can tell you now the Peanut Butter Mousse Tartlet is pretty special.

The package includes your return trip on the ferry to Sorrento and back from Queenscliff. Tea, coffee and a drink of your choice. Savoury and sweet treats. It is $40 per person return.

If you want to get off the ferry and go exploring in Sorrento you will need to purchase a return ticket. However, you might not get enough time to enjoy your high tea if you do, you will need to eat very fast or skip dessert. It is a very leisurely afternoon excursion and a great thing to do for a birthday, a catch up with your girlfriends or that someone special.

Bookings are essential and you can book online here or you can call 5258 3244. If you have any special requests such as vegetarian options or gluten free, please call to arrange when you book.

High Tea on the High Seas

All Hail the King!

Who: King of the Castle

Where: Driveway, 14 Pakington Street, Geelong West

When: 7am – 3pm Mon – Fri and 7am – 2pm Sat (closed Sunday)

King of the Castle

I have been frequenting Geelong’s very own hole-in-the-wall coffee destination for quite a while now and it never fails to disappoint – even on a rainy day!  I can’t count the number of times I popped down to interview Robbie – but he was slammed with customers!  This was never a deterrent; just confirmation that good things come to those who wait!

Robbie Lecchino is a Geelong lad; born & bred, but like many, honed his craft in Melbourne working for the dynamic Tommy Collins Group, before bringing his skills back home for the rest of us to enjoy!  Robbie had a vision for his “hole-in-the-wall” concept to fill a gap in the Geelong market and his patience finally paid off with a space becoming available at the top end of Pakington Street earlier this year!

King of the Castle

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a coffee snob – I drink a double shot espresso, so there’s no disguising bad coffee with milk & sugar!  He serves Padre Coffee; a small owner-run business based in Lygon Street, Brunswick as well as sweet treats from his next door neighbours, Gracious & Delicious (more details in the next post!).

When you visit, make sure you take a moment to step into the tiny room opposite the coffee machine to view the AMAZING work-in-progress mural by artist Sasha Heath


Robbie met Sasha in Melbourne and after seeing her work at Kinfolk & The Hub, he knew he had to get her on board as she was the right person to realise the vision he had for a mural in his new space!

The saying ‘good things come in small packages’ has never been so true!

All Hail the King!


Boom Gallery

Where: 11 Rutland St, Newtown

When: Wed to Sat 9.30 – 4

Web: www.boomgallery.com.au

Yesterday, I needed to unchain myself from the stress of my workbench momentarily, to clear my head and have a change of scenery!

One of my favourite places to visit for a little bit of escapism is Boom Gallery.

For those of you that have been reading Oh! Hello Geelong since the early days, hold tight whilst I give our more recent followers a snapshot of Boom Gallery’s history…

Founders Kate Jacoby and Ren Inei have a passion for all things art and design.  Put simply; they are brilliant at what they do!

They have done both themselves and Geelong proud, by breathing new life and purpose into an old red brick warehouse, originally home to a wool mill that provided employment for returned service men.  Located in the industrial heart of Newtown just off Pakington Street, it sits perched, proudly, above the Barwon River. Since it’s opening in August 2011, Boom quickly established itself as Geelong’s premier contemporary art gallery and has continued to grow from strength to strength!

From the moment you walk through the door, their vision and respect for the integrity of the building’s industrial heritage is abundantly clear! The use of big bold light fixtures and recycled wood throughout the interior, has given way to a sleek, contemporary gallery/café/retail space!

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

Boom Gallery exterior/interior

August 2013 saw the launch of Big Boom; a celebration of their second birthday and the opening of the gallery space to include the adjacent warehouse; a perfect solution for the ever-growing cross section of work that includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography and small objects – all with a strong regional bias!

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More recently, local chef Andy Pye (talented owner of the fabulous Rue ClerMarket – stay tuned for this delicious post!) has joined forces with Boom and is serving breakfast and a gallery lunch, 9.30 ‘til 4 Wed – Sat, featuring incredible local produce, bakery sweets and of course, Geelong’s very own Cartel Coffee.

Rue-Cler Market

Rue-Cler Market

So back to the escapism…

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to catch the Merrang exhibition (it runs until the 30th November). This exhibition is a collection of works by 9 artists (Ben Fennessy, Pai De Bruyn, Jiri Tibor Novak, Gregory Day, Cricket Saleh, Glenn Romanis, Deb Fisher, Ren Inei and Natalie Anderson) that Boom Gallery took on a 3-day field trip to Merrang; a historic property of national significance, located in the heart of the Western District of Victoria.

Merrang Exhibition

Merrang Exhibition

It was a slow procession around the spaces, absorbing the diverse subject matter and media, but for me, the standout was an installation piece by Glenn Romanis. You need to see it in person to really appreciate the inspiration behind it!

Glenn Romanis

Glenn Romanis


Boom will be presenting their final two shows for 2013, both opening on Friday 6th December from 5.30pm – 8pm.

“Terrafirm” (until 1st February 2014) is an impressive body of work by Mackay-based Ngaio Lenz.  Over the past 10 years, she has had many solo shows in Queensland and Victoria, most recently at Flinders Lane Gallery & Hand Held Gallery in Melbourne and Umbrella Studio in Townsville.

Terrafirm - Ngaio Lenz

Terrafirm – Ngaio Lenz

Boom’s third annual Christmas Show (until 21st December) brings together seven diverse artists from Geelong and Melbourne and will focus on affordable, small format artworks – yay!  This year the participating artists are Shelley McKenzie, Steve Salo, Mark Cuthbertson, Elize Feely, Simon Benz, Sandra Eterovic and Idil Ersoy.

For a little more reading on Boom Gallery, please see our previous post from July 10, 2012.

For the full experience (trust me – you need to do this!) please visit them at 11 Rutland St, Newtown (Geelong), Victoria 3216.

Special thanks to Cricket Saleh & Boom Gallery for providing photos for this post!

Nat xx