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Babushka Pop-up Bar and Restaurant

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by Sofi Sez (subscribe)
Loves being creative, spontaneous, daring and cheeky, whilst living the life of her dreams. Will be honest to admit to having a drink before noon and getting morning coffee in her pajama's...... occasionally :)
Published October 2nd 2011
Image courtesy of Babushka Facebook profile

The Kate Bush song "Babushka" has taken on a whole new meaning with a Pop-up Bar and Restaurant named Babushka, located Cnr Burwood Road and Power Street Hawthorn.

Wow - this place rocks in interior design, simple yet eye catching. If you look around constantly you will notice unusual bits, for example a handbag hanging from an inner tree branch or a book glued to the corner of the wall in the bathroom.

The concept and attention to quirky and creative detail makes this Pop-up Bar and Restaurant worth going to, as soon as possible, for it will all disappear in a million minutes.

The menu is ultra basic - potatoes and vodka and more potatoes. Not kidding. Served in cardboard boxes, like at a fancy fish and chip take away shop. The cutlery is made of disposable wood and is not very practical for picking or cutting. I was in fits of laughter as soon as I saw this and thought to myself, hmmmm interesting outing - is this a picnic or did the kitchen hand just quit?

However I do love the written recommendation on what wine to have with your meal. Very cool.

Want to try a new take on potatoes? How about ShakenServe Babushka Fries which are served in a paper bag with directions. Open bag, add seasoning (Babushka secret herbs and spices from deepest Siberia), close, shake and enjoy - priced at $6.50.

How about Babushka Double Fries; classic French fries double cooked, plus potato skins, accompanied with wasabi mayo, tomato sauce and sea salt flakes - priced at $ 8.50.

Now, to break it up a bit; Babushka Winter Garden Salad which consists of, yep more potatoes, lemon peppered green beans, oven roasted baby tomatoes, baby beetroots, chicken strips (or sweet potatoe) encrusted in white sesame seeds and crushed pepper corns with poached egg on top. Absolutely delicious for $14.50.

They also have Fish n Babushka Chips, baby burgers (veggie available) and tiny selection of desserts on offer. Oh, how could I forget the Vodka. Yes, must try Babushka's very own brand - smooth.

There's space for an intimate private dining room experience, one with an open fire place, which is great for groups. Be sure to notice the upside down frown on the logs of wood, yet to be burned.

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Why? It won't be around for too much longer
When: Open 6 days Tues - Thurs 5pm - 1am Fri 4pm - 1am Sat 2pm - 1am Sun 2pm - 11.30pm
Where: Cnr Burwood Road and Power Street, Hawthorn
Cost: Very Very Reasonable
I went to Babushka last night and was very impressed with the decor- they seem to have put in a lot of effort despite being open for such a limited time-frame (it's set to close in about four months).

The staff were wonderful, as soon as we walked in, the lady behind the bar took us through the menu and offered us samples of their brand of vodka, From Russia with Love.

Despite the cute interior and fantastic service, the food was less than satisfying and quite greasy and salty. We essentially paid $50 for a meal we could have gotten at McDonalds. For dessert, I got a 'chocolate bar', which was delicious but very small, about the size of a Tim Tam.

Babushka seems like it would be a great place to go to as a bar, with its cool atmosphere and refreshing juice cocktails, but perhaps not the best choice for a feed.
By Natasha Abrahams - senior reviewer
Saturday, 22nd of October @ 12:20 am
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