Hero | Grain Store

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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

Favourite pork bellies in Melbourne?

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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

Nam Phuong – possibly my favourite Vietnamese place

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Ok, so this place on first impression is pretty run-down and pretty much in the middle of nowhere – no kidding. This is the exact sort of place that any normal person would walk past and it would go completely unnoticed. But, it came highly recommended from Thanh’s family, so why not right? The spring … Continue reading

The Estelle – Scott Pickett’s newest venture

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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

Chin Chin

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Having just updated my wish-list (doubling as my restaurant review index) I have three points to make. One – Melbourne has helluv-a-lot of good places to eat at. Two – I have been guilty of eating out much more than I ever have in my life, in order to feast my palate on all that … 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

Duchess of Spotswood

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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

Essence Restaurant – Marriott Hotel

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Marriott Hotel Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale St Melbourne, 3000 9660 1183 Disclaimer: Recently, much to my astonishment, an invitation was sent my way to dine at a 5 star hotel’s restaurant with free run of the menu up to $150 – WOOT! What’s more is that Essence also stated: “the blog that offers the best … Continue reading

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