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

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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

Brooks

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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

French on Collins part 2 of 2, Henry and the Fox

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This is one of Paul Mathis’ semi-new establishments – headed by 2011’s Young Chef of the year Michael Fox – coming almost 6 months before the recent surfacing of South Wharf’s Akachochin and Sharing House. Why now that we get invited one might ask? Paul Mathis was quite frank about this point, pointing out the … Continue reading

French on Collins part 1 of 2, Mr Mason

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I was invited to Mr Mason a while-while back to try out a selection of their French inspired menu. The restaurant features several partitions of space – bar, dining, outdoor terrace – finished in a beautiful deep mahogany. It is warm but relaxed with a jazzy vibe. Perusing the menu, one’s eyes were immediately drawn … Continue reading

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

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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

Merricote – a French briefing

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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

French Brasserie

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2 Malthouse Ln Melbourne, 3000 03 9662 1632 It is rather sadly by default from a severe underestimation of early dinner crowds in the city on a Saturday night – an AFL night for that matter – that we stumbled up and down Flinders lane before hesitating to enter this restaurant down an alleyway. My … Continue reading

The French Brasserie

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2 Malthouse Lane, (Off Flinders Ln, near Exhibition St) Melbourne 3000 The long awaited review on the mini-degustation menu at French Brasserie is finally here! Apologies it has been a very long time since I received this voucher courtesy of the Mad-Hatter Spring picnic food bloggers event, for my Double Chocolate Brownies (which I have since … Continue reading

Creperie Le Triskel – Morning Chomp-Fest Part 2

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32 Hardware Lane Melbourne, 3000 It is 11.30am. The three of us had just had breakfast, and now strolling leisurely towards the other end of Hardware (lane) for stop #2: brunch, or can I not call it that since we already had a meal? Whilst me and Mr ES indecisively browsed the menu from top … Continue reading

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