Bistro Vue, Piggery café – a selection from Shannon Bennett’s empire (part 1)

The fairy tale success of Shannon Bennett’s ever expanding restaurant empire, could easily be pigeonholed into increasing commercialisation. However, in light of a few (and only a few) hiccups along the way, with the new Jardin Tan eliciting polarising reviews on dabbling its in Vietnamese cuisine, and notably the haphazard consistency at Café Vue at … Continue reading

Duchess of Spotswood

87 Hudsons Rd Spotswood, 3015 03 9391 6016 After reading many a glowing review about this café, and repeated temptations from west-siders, I finally motivated myself off the couch to trek right across town, over the West Gate and finally turn off at Spotswood to meet Thanh for breakfast. Actually the only time I’d taken … Continue reading

Miss Marples Tearoom

382 Mt Dandenong-Tourist Road Sassafras 3787 9755 1610 Despite coming through Mt Dandenong fairly frequently, I have – sadly to say – only visited Miss Marples three times including this current one. This is in part owing to their early closing times and epic tourist crowds during weekends. This was the start of a quick day … Continue reading

Miss Marples Tearoom

382 Mt Dandenong-Tourist Road Sassafras There is always an epic line when we come by Miss Marples – seems to me closing at around 4pm is an odd business choice given the weekend Mt Dandenong tourist crowd is still flowing strongly at this time. But then again they probably don’t care given how popular they … Continue reading

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