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    Hot Cross Bun Season

    There are people out there that love Christmas and Easter for the never-ending deluge of chocolate treats, but for me it is all about the dried fruit and spices. There is nothing better at Christmas time…

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    Gauchito Gil

    From the minds behind Pinot Palooza and Game of Rhones comes a new event, Gauchito Gil. Hitting Melbourne on April 17 to celebrate Malbec World Day, this event from Bottle Shop Concepts follows a similar style as…

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    Jinda Thai

    Victoria street in Richmond has some delicious and authentic Vietnamese food (and some not so delicious and not so authentic Westernised Asian food), well now you can also find some of the best Thai food in…

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    Lau’s Family Kitchen

    Lau’s Family Kitchen is hands down my favourite Cantonese restaurant in Melbourne. Yes I also have favourite yum cha joints, or spots to go to when I crave some dumpling action. But when it comes to…

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    IDES and The Commoner’s Chef Series Dinners

    If Melbourne was not spoilt enough for choice when it comes to restaurants, we are also increasingly spoilt when it comes to pop-up events, guest chef dinners, food festivals and the like. Three of the most…

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    Northern Light

    The concept of Northern Light, a recent opening on Smith Street from chef Adam Liston and Glen Bagnara (previously at Chester White), was to have a bar that serves “food that I wanted to eat” as…

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    The Press Club, reinvented

    2013 was the year where the battle between fine and casual dining came to a head, usually with cries about the ‘death’ of fine dining, especially in a year with so many restaurants closing only to reopen,…

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    Bar Nacional

    Collins Street past Southern Cross station has been a bit of a wasteland when it comes to choices for dining out, but that has changed recently with the opening of Bar Nacional, and more recently with…

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    East of Everything

    Too often we get distracted by the latest new restaurant across town or the bar that your friend has been raving about, that you can forget to spend some time hunting out the gems in your…

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    Brae, a teaser

    Dan Hunter has recently opened his own restaurant, Brae, located in Birregurra, Victoria. Building on his work at The Royal Mail Hotel, which he helped turned into a 3 hat restaurant, Brae celebrates the best produce…

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    Merricote, bringing a little Dutch to Melbourne

    Textural contrast, perfect seasoning and flavour combinations that work, rather than trying to be outside of the box for the sake of it, are what make dishes rises above the rest and sing. It is often…

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    10 Years of MoVida

    These days in Melbourne it is hard for a restaurant to stay open for a year, so it can be surprising when one hits the ten year milestone. 2003 was the year when two of my…

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    A week loving the King Valley

    One of my favourite things about living in Melbourne for the past few years has been uncovering the hidden (and not so hidden) gems around the city and the state of Victoria. Many of us take…

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    The Town Mouse

    It is all too easy for a city’s dining scene to get stuck in a loop of endless trends. Not that trends are bad per se, they are popular for a reason, but seeing Mexican eatery…

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    Saint Crispin heads into battle

    This day is call’d the feast of Crispian. He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named, And rouse him at the name of Crispian. He that…

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    Huxtable

    I think everyone has one of those restaurants where you immediately feel at home, and you wonder how you ever lived without it. For me that place is Huxtable. Maybe it is the menu that does…

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    B’Stilla

    B’Stilla (Bas-tee-ya) is the new restaurant from Jason Jones, chef and co-owner of Mexican hot-spot Mamasita, and has recently burst into life just off Chapel Street in South Yarra. Wanting to try something new, Jason has turned his…

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    Vue de Monde

    Eating out can be many things, whether it is a simple act to satisfy our hunger, a raucous evening with family and friends, or an exquisite evening of dining where the food and service elevate the whole experience. Shannon…

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    Sydney’s rockstar: Momofuku Seiōbo

    Updated*: Momofuku Seiōbo is everything I love about modern fine dining. It cuts out of the fuss, doesn’t take itself too seriously, delivers something different than every other restaurant and, of course, has amazing food. Yes…

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Hot Cross Bun Season

There are people out there that love Christmas and Easter for the never-ending deluge of chocolate treats, but for me it is all about the dried fruit and spices. There is nothing better at Christmas time…

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Gauchito Gil

From the minds behind Pinot Palooza and Game of Rhones comes a new event, Gauchito Gil. Hitting Melbourne on April 17 to celebrate Malbec World Day, this event from Bottle Shop Concepts follows a similar style as…

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Jinda Thai

Victoria street in Richmond has some delicious and authentic Vietnamese food (and some not so delicious and not so authentic Westernised Asian food), well now you can also find some of the best Thai food in…

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Lau’s Family Kitchen

Lau’s Family Kitchen is hands down my favourite Cantonese restaurant in Melbourne. Yes I also have favourite yum cha joints, or spots to go to when I crave some dumpling action. But when it comes to…

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MFWF: Matt Jennings at Saint Crispin

The second event of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival that I attended was a dinner from visiting US chef Matt Jennings. Having gone to a similar dinner last year with guest chef Sean Brock (more here),…

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MFWF: Front of House All Stars

The first event I headed to for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2014 was the Front of House All Stars Dinner. This is the sixth year the event has run, where some of Melbourne’s best front…

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IDES and The Commoner’s Chef Series Dinners

If Melbourne was not spoilt enough for choice when it comes to restaurants, we are also increasingly spoilt when it comes to pop-up events, guest chef dinners, food festivals and the like. Three of the most…