Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part2) – Lee Ho Fook, Shizuku,

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1): “… Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege … from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to [the present] array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions …” Now that you have read about my recommendations in central Melbourne (Mr Huang Jin, Fomo Thai, … Continue reading

Recap part 1: Breakfast in the ‘burbs

Eating too much and not having enough time to blog is a running theme, and ongoing problem… I am officially overwhelmed with the number of posts I have to trawl through before being anywhere close to being up to date, not to mention the enormous amount of digital processing I have to do for my … Continue reading

East-side brunch series: Breakfast-thieves versus Robyn-hood?

Part 3 of east-side brunch series… I remember I used to follow quite a few more brunch-oriented blogs trying to keep up with the never ending new kids to our food scene, but with so little time to spare, I have been doing much less of the scouring and gravitated instinctively towards a select few … Continue reading

Unblogged 2012: return visits that I loved

In the days leading up to the end of 2012, I will shower you all with food envy from my infinite compilation of unpublished food photography. Once upon a time in the early days of this blog there was much enthusiasm to re-blog restaurants, but now return visits are partially sanctified opportunities to purely enjoy … Continue reading

Huxtaburger – most popular burger in Melbourne?

If you are reading this, you are probably one of the few people who are yet to try the huxtaburger (*ahem, including me until very recently). There are already too many reviews drifting around in the blogosphere encouraging a spiralling hype. I will try and suppress my impatience and slightly piqued annoyance whilst I write … Continue reading

Double patty smash burger! Rockwell and sons

This is a quick but deserving burger mention for Rockwell and Sons – a relatively new place (mid 2012) which has taken over the original Provenance food & wine site on Smith Street. The vibe given off here is one of casual and pared back coarseness. The small kitchen is quite open, so much so … Continue reading

Brunch roundup (10 October): Cavallini, Red Door Corner Store, Maling room, Percy’s Aeroplane.

A quick breakfast roundup. *Click to scroll down to: Red Door Corner Store, Maling Room, Percy’s Aeroplane. Or just start reading from Cavallini… [Cavallini] Where: 354 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North Contact: 03 9486 3883 Located near the northern end of Hoddle Street – a small pocket I don’t venture to often – this little café-bakery puts … Continue reading

Donwoori – Korean BBQ

Following on from the previous post on a splash out haute cuisine, todays will strike a stark contrast with an evening at a bargain Korean BBQ in Melbourne. They are worlds apart in price, dining experience, and fussiness of food, yet they can be just as satisfying. Whilst shoebox sized and poorly publicised, compared with … Continue reading

Hell of the North – a snuggle of food for Wintery weather

To write about French food in Melbourne immediately after returning from Paris, may seem like an appalling idea, but you might be pleased to hear that the benchmark back home is actually not as bad as one would think. It does however, take a little hunting and rummaging through the rubbles. With no fluoro or … Continue reading

Brunch roundup – June 2012 (Proud Mary, Fandango, Pope Joan, L’atelier, Penny Farthing Espresso)

Having just returned from another trip overseas, I am genuinely and horrendously … @#%&#$& behind. So get ready for an epic round up of brunch places I’ve visited in the past “many” months… Proud Mary, Fandango, Pope Joan, L’atelier, Penny Farthing Espresso. Also stay tuned for drool-worthy posts from EUROPE. *** [Proud Mary] Where: 172 … Continue reading

Albert Street Food and wine

With new restaurants, I generally keep to a watch-and-wait for a couple of months before I dine policy, to let them iron out all the nooks and crannies, *ahem, unless of course I get invited to the launch in which case I brave it out. I failed to follow this policy on this occasion, as … Continue reading

Merricote – a French briefing

This is far from a real review, but rather a vague but very positive recollection of olfactory memories attached to these lick-a-licious photos… High street is jam packed with quirky little restaurants and cafe, and Merricote is certainly one of them. House made duck rillettes & crackers Triangle bites Mussels, anochovy, caperberry, brioche Tuna and … Continue reading

Breakfast roundup #3 – Babka bakery cafe

As you might have noticed this is one of several occasions where I have ventured out on breakfast excursions solo. It is strange to say, quite relaxing and facilitating for my food-photography practices. Today (*ahem, I mean in November) I head down to this little café-bakery on Brunswick St, long since etched in the heart … Continue reading

Breakfast roundup #1 – De Clieu

Sleek, with polished concrete, and yet mildly botanical. Menu is rather hip, presented on a clipboard with items you just want to grab off the page and eat. De Clieu offers a selection from Mark Dundon’s seven seeds range, coffee here is always a reliable choice. The latte is velvety and mellow with a waft … Continue reading

Matteo’s – dinner in Fitzroy North

It has been more than 6 months since I first set foot “through the unassuming glass doors” of Matteo’s. This time I return as part of a sponsored 3 course work dinner, which I may add come few-and-far-between. *cough *cough. I was hopeful that I would be able to experience a little more of the … Continue reading

eating vegetarian @ Vegie Bar

I am generally not the biggest enthusiast for civilised vegetarian dining alternatives when more primeval carnivorous options are available. It is therefore not surprising I rarely visit solely vegetarian spots on my own accord. In most cases, it would be a futile mission to try to persuade me otherwise. I actually baulked when someone from work … Continue reading

The Estelle – Scott Pickett’s newest venture

Ever since I heard news that Scott Pickett had left The Point at Albert Park to run his own restaurant alongside Ryan Flaherty in a little shop front on High Street I had been eagerly at the edge of my seat to try it out. The Estelle, a name only two years old in Northcote, … Continue reading

Brunetti – Food trail

Truth be told, I never thought I would visit Brunetti again, in part due to my dislike of Lygon Street, but also in part due to previous experiences. But being easily swayed to anything that comes without a price tag, I thought I would give this place another go when Ashley from Food Pampering suggested … Continue reading

L’atelier – the new Monsieur Truffe

Look for the ‘red-door’, I was advised. Sure enough the bright red aberrancy against the muted cement walls was the only thing that shouts: I am here. There was no signage and no we’re-open chalkboard when we arrived. Talk about being obscure… One of the first things you’ll notice when you push the door ajar, … Continue reading

Anada – half a year later

197 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 03 9415 6101 Following a tragic stumble across Melbourne for well over an hour for a lunch spot, we ended up on Gertrude Street. It seems like a day for second visits, first Auction Rooms, now Anada – a place with positively memories attached to it, partly in its dining … Continue reading

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