Melbourne gets a three month noodle pop up bar for winter (Melbourne)

Now that he’s closed Collingwood favourite Northern Lights, acclaimed Chef Adam Liston is bringing a three-month winter pop up to Bourke Street in anticipation of his forthcoming restaurant Honcho. Titled Honcho Noodle, the temporary noodle bar will aim to showcase inspiration Liston picked up from his recent travels across China, Japan, and South East Asia, operating evenings Tuesday¬†to Saturday from Thursday 2nd June.

Featuring a straight forward menu of both ‘Noodles’ and ‘Not Noodles’, the pop up will be some of Liston’s lighter dishes from Northern Lights alongside noodle based menu items dedicated to warming locals and visitors through these ridiculously cold winter days. Those heading along can expect Shaved Charcoal Duck Noodle Soup with bamboo, water chestnuts and spanner crab, Udon with Smoked Oyster Butter and kizami nori, and Liston staple Corn-Fed Chicken Yakitori served as fillet, thigh, wing, or meatball. The signature Golden Egg will also be featured, as will the popular BBQ Char Siu Pork Chop with spring onion sauce and mustard leaves.

“I’ve always loved cooking and eating Asian cuisine, it makes much more sense to me than many of the Western styles”, said Liston. “At Honcho Noodle, we’ll have the opportunity to share and focus on dishes we love to eat everyday that are wholesome and tasty.”

Fashioned after the street noodle shops that one would find in Indonesia, China, and Japan, Honcho Noodle will serve as a nice preview for Liston’s full restaurant coming later this September at 18 Punch Lane. The pop up will also feature Asian inspired cocktails mixed by by Head Bartender Ryan Noreiks.

Honcho Noodle is located a 1 Bourke Street and will be open from 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. Updates can be tracked at


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.