HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel thanks to new owners Anthony Hammond (co-owner of the excellent Builders Arms in Fitzroy) with business partner Nick Carter plus Anthony’s wife Jo deFina. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s […]

HOT: Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston

Eeny Meeny cafe in Frankston was recommended to me by Frankston locals as the best cafe in an area which isn’t particularly well known for its dining out options. The eclectic retro decor gives the inside front room a cosy feel and there are lots of fun elements to admire, such as vintage teacup spoons […]

Cake Bake & Sweets Show Melbourne – Giveaway!

Sweet tooths of Melbourne, your Christmas has come early. The Cake Bake and Sweets Show is rolling into the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October. As the name suggests, the huge event is devoted to all things baking and cake decorating. There’s a line up of international and […]

HOT: Bomba Goes to Spain, Bomba, 103 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Every year Jesse Gerner, the owner of Spanish bodega/vermutería  Bomba, along with various staff, takes a trip to Spain. It’s a chance to eat, drink, meet local producers and bring back ideas and ingredients. The outcome of this year’s gastronomic adventures is Bomba Goes to Spain – two special Sunday lunches featuring stories, dishes and […]

HOT: Fancy Nance, 21 Daly St, South Yarra

If you like high tea then shoot down the rabbit hole into the Adriano Zumbo-created dessert wonderland called Fancy Nance. Fancy Nance is this famous patissier’s new high tea salon that’s named after his mother, Nancy. It occupies the site behind his eponymous patisserie on Claremont Street and is the former premises of George Calombaris’ Mama […]

HOT: The Grand Masters, The Grand Hotel, 333 Burnley St, Richmond

Melbourne has so many eateries opening week after week that it’s easy to get caught up in the fervour of chasing new dining experiences. But we musn’t forget the stalwarts of the city’s dining scene, places like The Grand Hotel in Richmond that have been serving happy customers for more than twelve years in Burnley […]

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