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

Dining Asian in Melbourne roundup (part1) – Mr Huang Jin, ShanDong Mama, Fomo Thai

Living in Melbourne has never been such a privilege with such a rich culture in Asian cuisine, which in the past few years has expanded, shifted and matured exponentially from the early dingy takeaway interpretations to now having a vast array of niche ethnic flavours, with many beginning to push archaic preconceptions and contemporary boundaries. … Continue reading

Prix Fixe

As Melbourne’s first ticketed restaurant and with Melbourne’s dessert Queen Philippa Sibley (Ex: Albert street, Il Fornaio) at the helm, there was no doubt high anticipation leading to its over-the-top launch earlier this year. The prix fixe menu (fixed price set menu) changes each month with a focus on serving comfort food, with the current … Continue reading

Food Guide to Wellington: Logan Brown, Tatsushi, Charley Noble, Ortega.

This shall be a brief run down on several favourite places I managed to dine at during my short stay in Wellington. As I have said previously in my last post – Travel guide to Wellington – this smallish city is a melting pot for food. Read about brunch options, Wellington’s Sunday food market, and … Continue reading

Hihou | Nama Nama

From the limited dinner seating since opening last year, to now including lunch offerings and also afternoon tea, this little Japanese city bar – Hihou – has certainly spread its wings. Having stumbled upon Claire’s write-up recently, my interest perked on intending to go back, but also lamentably reminded me that I still had not … Continue reading

Steer Bar and Grill

Steer Bar and Grill is located right under the Olsen Hotel on Chapel Street, you can’t miss it. If you ever walk passed it you would have seen the impressive fibreglass cow glaring out at potential diners. This is a truly steakhouse experience, where each table is presented a massive board showcasing all the beef … Continue reading

Hero | Grain Store

I will be making a small tangent to mention Grain Store, before moving on with the central Hero of this post. The team bringing it together at Grain Store in all seriousness do not need any more publicity. With German born Chef Ingo Meissner heading the kitchen, think along the lines of: Buerre bosc pear and … Continue reading

Donovans: colossal bombe alaska!

This will be a short and sweet post on this bay-side institute – pun intended. Please refrain from the urge to scroll all the way down. Whilst there was a part of me that regret not having the luxury of unchecked views of St Kilda bay had it been daytime, it probably left my attention … Continue reading

Brooks

If anyone was an avid follower of Embrasse (aka fans of the infamous Meli of Vegetables), then you will have already heard and been to Brooks: the new name and basement location (under the historic Austral House) for Nic Poelaert’s creations. The space expresses an entirely unalike character, one that is darker at night, a … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Hanoi day 3

Aside from all the activities revolving around food and eating, I did visit landmarks scattered around Hanoi. Today’s focus lay west of Hoan Kiem Lake. First stop: Thang Long Royal Citadel. Several Vietnamese dynasties have resided here in this royal palace. The glory days of the palace have certainly passed, with prevalent marks of gunshots … 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

Sake Restaurant

In recent weeks passed on one summery evening, I was invited along to the newly revamped Art Centre’s Hamer Hall to dine at Sakè Restaurant and Bar, marking its arrival from Sydney and Brisbane. Being always somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to food, with “fusion” comes a degree of scepticism and hesitation. Sure, the … Continue reading

Favourite pork bellies in Melbourne?

I was recently asked by a friend for recommendations for best pork bellies around. It didn’t take me long to come up with a list of places I loved, enjoyed and even places to avoid. I thought I would share part of that list here with you… [Anada] visit 1 & 2. Dish: Ottway Rangers … Continue reading

Rockpool bar and grill

Melbourne is hardly new to Neil Perry’s invading restaurant empire, with new additions every few years, they are all anchored down the west end (*ahem steep priced section) of Crown. Today we head to the original Rockpool bar and grill, opened back in 2006, which took inspiration from its sister restaurant in Sydney. Being a … 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

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

East-side brunch series: Yumcha for brunch? David’s. Wealth Garden.

Part 2 of east-side brunch series… When one suggests brunch, it is not unusual to conjure images of scrambled eggs, fritters, bacon and all those awesome things mostly European inspired. How many people think of yum cha as being a brunch option first up? I do it on a frequent basis, but when I was … Continue reading

East-side brunch series: Coffeehead & Goldilocks

Poached eggs, Hollandaise, smoked salmon and corn fritters

Part 1 of east-side brunch series… With the summer months on our doorstep, it is time to bring on the lazy weekend brunches and enjoy the weather! This month I will bring to you a mini-hunt of Melbourne’s east-side for the most worthy brunch delectables. Some of the delectables to expect in coming posts include … 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

Spanish roundup fiesta part II – The Bohemian

This would not be the first or last time I would visit the Bohemian. Previously a paid-for meal, this time: out of pocket. Staff are warm, and head chef Josep Espuga is always around to make the dining experience that little more special. Patatas bravas. This is a distinctly unique rendition steering away from the traditional roughly … Continue reading

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