Kew Progressive Dinner

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, unless one has dined well.’ Virginia Woolf

Come and join us for the inaugural Kew Progressive Dinner on Wednesday, March 20 from 6.45pm – a chance to eat, drink, be merry… and try three different Kew restaurants in one night!

A throwback to the 70s and 80s when progressive dinners were big, you’ll be walking to various restaurants for your chosen menu – all for only $49.50 inc GST including a drink with each course.

The best part is that we have ten wonderful Kew venues involved so, not only are you trying different restaurants, you’re trying different cultures and cuisines!

And there are prizes to be won! Upload pics on the night of your food, your friends and the fun you’re having and tag @kewjunctionau (Insta) or @kewjunction.melbourne (FB) and use #kewprogressivedinner and you could win: 1st prize – $250 voucher 2nd prize – $150 voucher 3rd prize – $100 (all to be spent in Kew Junction!

How it works

  1. You peruse the restaurants and their course offerings below
  2. You book your restaurant choices and course offerings at this link
  3. You arrive at your first restaurant at 6.45pm and collect your 3 x drink tickets which entitles you to a drink each course (choose from house wine, sparkling, beer or spirits, soft drink, juice or sparkling water or tea and coffee)
  4. Entree is served at 7pm
  5. Finish your entree and make your way to your main course at 7.45pm, that will be served at 8pm
  6. Ditto and make your way to dessert at 8.45pm, that will be served at 9pm

What you need to know

  1. For your booking, you will be able to choose community table or own table (except for Mister Bianco, who only has a community table). If you choose community table, you and your party will be seated at a larger table at the venue, with other Progressive Dinner diners, and will meet new people at each course
  2. If you like the look of one menu, you are more than welcome to stay at a restaurant, or return
  3. As seats are limited at each restaurant, once they are sold out, you may have to choose to eat a course at a different venue
  4. The menus are all set and there can be no changing your choices once booked
  5. Cancellations after March 13 will not be able to be refunded
  6. Bookings close March 18 at 10pm as the Restaurants need time to prepare for the event

Hellenic Republic – 50 covers – 26 Cotham Road, Kew 

Entrée (sharing only – no options): Olives, garlic pita, red lentil fava, smoked Alleppo and garlic, lamb tsoureki doughnuts, Hellenic Xo

Main 1: Chicken from the spit, peppers, garlic and yoghurt with table sharing horiatiki salad, classic Greek salad, wood roasted broccoli, almond skordalia (gf)

Main 2: Pork Fennel Loukaniko and fava with table sharing horiatiki salad, classic Greek salad, wood roasted broccoli, almond skordalia (

Dessert 1: Loukoumades (Greek doughtnuts), honey, walnuts, cinnamon (v)

Dessert 2: Loukoumades (Greek doughtnuts), salted caramel topping (v)

India @ Q – 10 covers – 234 High Street, Kew

Entrée one: Vegetable samosa (2 pcs). Pyramid shaped pastry filled with lightly spiced potatoes and peas (v)

Entrée two: Chicken Tikka. Boneless pieces of chicken marinated with tandoori masala cooked in a tandoor (gf)

Main one: Butter chicken. Chicken tikka cooked in tomato and cream sauce (gf)

Main two: Kerala Fish Curry. Coconut based curry in Indian spices, mustard seeds and curry leaves (gf)

Dessert one: Mango Kulfi. Homemade ice cream served with strawberry and mint (gf)

Dessert two: Gulab Jamun. Dumplings lightly baked & soaked in clove and cardamom syrup

Strictly Thai – 16 covers – 170 High Street, Kew

Entrée one: Mix Entree – Vegetables Spring Roll, Curry Puffs, Fish Cake and Tempura Prawns (3 places left for entree)

Entrée two: Minced Pork in mild spiced lime dressing served with salad (gf) (3 places left for entree)

Main one: Deep Friend Barramundi topped with Spicy Lime Dressing and Green Papaya salad (gf)

Main two: Red Curry with Duck serves with Broccoli, Carrot, Red Capsicum and Lychee

Dessert one: Sticky Rice with Banana and Red Bean wrapped in Banana Leaf, served with Coconut milk and Ice Cream (v) (gf)

Dessert two: Roti Bread with Banana, Cinnamon, Condensed milk and Ice Cream (v)

Mister Bianco – 15 covers – 285 High Street, Kew

Note: Mister Bianco is only one community table – there will be no individual seating

Entrée 1: Calamari, chopped tomato, fresh salad, herbed green sauce (gf) (nf) (df) (1 place left for entree)

Entrée 2: Tomato basil croquettes, scamorza cheese, sugo sauce (v) (nf) (1 place left for entree)

Main 1: Risotto seasonal vegetables, stracciatella (v) (gf) (nf)

Main 2: Barramundi, acqua pazza, cherry tomatoes, preserved lemons (gf) (nf) (df)

Dessert 1: Pannacotta, fresh fruits, mint (v) (gf) (nf) (dessert is now booked out for Mister Bianco)

Dessert 2: Selection of fruit sorbets (v) (gf) (nf) (df) (dessert is now booked out for Mister Bianco)

Dawson – 30 covers – 241 High Street, Kew

Entrée one: Mac n cheese croquettes with harissa mayo and manchego cheese (v)

Entrée two: Wild mushroom and leek arancini with herb aioli

Main one: Slow roasted lamb shoulder with grain salad, beetroot labneh, grilled za-atar pita bread

Main two: Schezuan pepper calamari salad with mizuna leaves, tatsoi, green mango, cucumber, mint, crispy shallots & nam jin dressing

Dessert one: Warm dark chocolate brownie with miso caramel, chocolate cremeux, hazelnut crunch, caramel popcorn & hazelnut ice cream (dessert is now booked out for Dawson)

Dessert two: Mandarin cheesecake with cocoa nib tuille, smoked almonds & basil (gf) (dessert is now booked out for Dawson)

QPO – 30 covers – 186 High Street, Kew

Entrée one: Herb and cheese arancini with garlic aioli (v)

Entrée two: Golden crumbed calamari with housemade tartare

Main one: Mushroom risotto with local button and porcini mushrooms, wilted rocket & balsamic glaze (v) (gf)

Main two: Beef burger with bacon, cheddar, tomato relish, lettuce, tomato and caramelised onion

Dessert one: Sticky date pudding with vanilla bean ice cream (5 places left for dessert)

Dessert two: Lemon tart with Chantilly cream & strawberry (5 places left for dessert)

Il Faro – 20 covers – 321 High Street, Kew

Entrée one: Entree Calamari

Entrée two: Focaccia Classica with Cheese and Garlic (Garlic optional) (v)

Main one: Gnocchi Ragu – Light and fluffy Gnocchi with our House made slow cooked (3 days) Ragu, consisting of Wagyu Mince, Diced Black Angus, and whole Beef Rib, finished with Parmesan Cheese – (Vegetarian OPTION – Gnocchi Napoli) (gf) (2 places left for main)

Main two: PIZZA: Choice of 3: (2 places left for main)

Our pizzas are made with a blend of 5 milled Imported Italian flours, added Grains, and is fermented for 72 Hours, making light and easily digestible!

  1. Classic Margarita – Imported Italian Tomatoes, Imported Italian Mozzarella Bianca, and topped with fresh Basil … a Real taste of Italy!!
  2. Calabrese – Imported Italian Tomatoes, Imported Italian Mozzarella Bianca, topped with Oven Roasted Capsicum, Nduja (A Calabrian Hot Salumi Paste), topped with hand torn Bufala Mozzarella (also imported from Italy) … Spicy, and delicious!
  3. Ortolana – Imported Italian Tomatoes, House Made Pesto, Imported Italian Mozzarella Bianca, topped with a mixture of our Oven Roasted vegetables, including: Artichokes, Capsicum, Zucchini, and Eggplants! (v)

Dessert one: Cannoli – Two Crispy Italian Pastries, filled with Ricotta, which have been infused with Blood Orange Zest, and finished with crushed Pistachio Nuts … a true taste of Southern Italy

Dessert two: Affogato – Espresso Coffee, with either a shot of Sambuca, Frangelico or Anice (similar to Sambuca, but less sweet!), served with a scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream… a very Italian way to finish a meal!

Hiatus – 20 covers – 117 High Street, Kew

Entrée 1: Seared Scallops, cauliflower puree, maple bacon, young parsley (gf) (entree is now booked out for Hiatus)

Entrée 2: Smoked cheddar croquettes, leek puree, confit shallots (v) (entree is now booked out for Hiatus)

Main 1: Beef cheek ragu – house made gnocchi, braised cheek, sweet sherry, pecorino, fried crumbs

Main 2: Pan seared blue eye cod, sea vegetables, dill emulsion, potato galette, lemon butter sauce (gf)

Dessert 1: Hiatus Mess – chantilly, strawberry gel, meringue gems, fresh strawberries, lime curd, young Mint (gf) (v) (1 place left for dessert)

Dessert 2: Lemon Meringue pie, blueberry gel, vanilla ice cream (gf) (v) (1 place left for dessert)

Aachis – 15 covers – 158 High Street, Kew

Entrée 1: Malai tikka. Boneless chicken creamy marinade with yoghurt, ginger, garlic and chilli, cooked in a tandoori oven

Entrée 2: Tandoori cheese mushroom. Fresh cup mushroom filled with cheese and Indian herbs and cooked in tandoori oven

Main 1: Coconut prawn. Prawn cutlets cooked with special 5 blends spices in coconut milk with onion and tomato

Main 2: Butter chicken. Boneless chicken cooked with herbs tomato and finished with cream

Dessert 1: Coconut kulfi. Kulfi is an all-time favourite dessert recipe, loved by people all over India

Dessert 2: Kheer. This sweet and creamy rice pudding is a popular Nepalese dessert that you will absolutely love!

The Wasabi Place – 12 covers – 192 High Street, Kew

Entrée 1: Belly Bao – Char siu pork served with kewpie mayo, thinly sliced pickled cucumber, red slaw, crisped chilli paste and a dash of buttered teriyaki sauce (2 bao) (entree is now booked out for The Wasabi Place)

Entrée 2: Ebi Tempura – Lightly battered tempura prawns and vegetables with tentsuyu dipping sauce (entree is now booked out for The Wasabi Place)

Main 1: Sake Teriyaki – Grilled salmon with teriyaki glaze, enoki mushroom tempura and 3 hits of pickle on rice

Main 2: Chirashi Don – Mixed sashimi with salad and goma dressing on sushi rice (gf)

Dessert 1: Green tea ice cream (v)

Dessert 2: Dessert spring roll – Raspberry white chocolate with mango ice cream (v)

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