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In the days leading up to the end of 2012, I will shower you all with food envy from my infinite compilation of unpublished food photography.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

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

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

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

Dench Bakers – best bread in Melbourne?

109 Scotchmer St Fitzroy North, 3068 03 9486 3554 On the way back from the city after a mid morning appointment, I deliberately planned in a small detour up Brunswick street to have a quick lunch at a bakery. This Brunswick institution has been raved for several years now as one of the best organic … Continue reading

Charcoal Lane, then Cutler & Co

136 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 03 9418 3400 This post has been overdue to be written for such a long time that I can barely remember what things I ate and what things tasted like. I must say I have an incredibly poor memory for someone who needs his memory all the time. Luckily I … Continue reading

Matteo’s – another day, another dessert

Another day, another dessert for the palate … the sweet life! 533 Brunswick St Nth Fitzroy 03 9481 1177 As you walk through the unassuming glass doors, you enter a space filled with a supple bronze hue which bounces a warm glow off the floral designs against the walls. It is a quiet Sunday night, … Continue reading

Anada

197 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6101 Following a sweltering day of tortuous lingering at Wilson Hall for our official graduation ceremony, we headed down to a suburb previously known for its notorious public housing flats for some Spanish fare. Walking along the now-hip-modern-and-almost-unrecognisable Gertrude Street actually had my dad reminisce about the early post-migration … Continue reading

Yume

367 Brunswick St Fitzroy, 3065 9415 6099 It was a Sunday evening – with the parents absent, the house was void of homely food and full to the brim with amotivation to cook. We flipped through the cheap eats book landing us on a two star Japanese restaurant – Yume, which was coincidentally also in … Continue reading

Cutler & Co. – dessert please

57 Gertrude St Fitzroy, 3065 9419 4888 After a dinner gathering earlier at Royal Siam – at which I was reminded numerous times to not eat too-much so that there would be room for a sweet chapter – we headed to the outskirts of the CBD on the western end of Gertrude street. If not … Continue reading

Naked for Satan

285 Brunswick St Fitzroy 9416 2238 Alongside its overtly suggestive name, its décor is similarly quirky, decked out in lurid wallpaper, metallic-copper boilers & shiny decorative centrepieces. This place offers $2 pintxos buffet-style – with a huge selection of Spanish morsels. There is an honour system involved, whereby you pay according to the number of … Continue reading

Madame Sousou

231 Brunswick St Fitzroy, 3065 9417 0400 On a rather glum wintery day with the heavens opening up over Melbourne (sympathies to all the race-goers), driving through the down pour was slightly unnerving given the terrible visibility and the state of my tyres… Lucky for me, I was heading to Madame Sousou for Ms ET’s … Continue reading

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