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HOT: Madame Sousou, 231 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Madame Sousou is a slice of Paris placed into a corner of Fitzroy and it transports me to one of my favourite places in the world every time I step through the doors. The interior is all old-world romance, with gilded mirrors, cosy tables, antique  posters and wooden champagne crates decorating the walls. The lighting […]

HOT: Menu from My Mother’s Kitchen, Mirka at Tolarno Hotel, 42 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

On Sundays lots of people like to relax by sleeping in, lounging around with the Sunday paper and maybe going for a stroll. On the other hand, I tend to have a lot of get-up-and-go on Sundays (my body just refuses to sleep in) but my one concession to slowing down is to enjoy a […]

HOT: Cafe Provincial, The Provincial Hotel, 299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

You know you’ve officially turned middle-aged at 30 when you go out for a proper sit-down meal before a gig at the Evelyn Hotel instead of grabbing something greasy from Souvlaki King and downing support act beers. Second confession. Even when I wasn’t middle-aged I never had a drink at the Provincial Hotel. But I […]

HOT: Syracuse Wine Bar and Restaurant, 23 Bank Place, Melbourne

I haven’t  been to Syracuse in over five years and it seems that it hasn’t changed too much. Still the dramatic draped curtain at the entrance. Still the strong attention to wine. Still lovely food to share. I was thinking about why I hadn’t been back to Syracuse for so long and I think it’s […]

HOT: Mutti’s, 118 Elgin St, Carlton

As winter approaches I am really starting to indulge in my love of hearty comfort food. While I love all food, in all honestly I don’t get that excited by salads or a sorbet – but I love a good pork belly roast and melting chocolate pudding. Mutti’s is a German endearment for ‘Mother’ and […]

NOT: Coda Bar & Restaurant, Basement 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

I know I’m going out on a limb here. I’m sure I must be the only person in Melbourne who wasn’t impressed by Coda. But at least I have the Jetsetting Parents to back me up on the NOT verdict. Trust me, I really wanted to like Coda given its mountain of rave reviews, but […]

HOT: Cocoro Japanese Pottery & Cafe, 117 Smith St, Fitzroy

Japanese. Jazz. Tea. Pottery. Who would have thought all those elements could work together so successfully in one place. Cocoro is first and foremost a lovely restaurant which serves high quality Japanese food. The prime position is the leather couch by the bay window, but if you’re dining it’s probably better to sit upright in […]

HOT: Tutto Bene, Shop 28, Mid Level Southgate, Southbank

Friday afternoon on Twitter: @jetsettingjoyce: Going to a concert at Melb Recital Centre. Dining black hole. Any suggestions for nearby dinner (not EQ, always end up at EQ)? @tephdee:  tutto bene at southbank does great risotto http://www.tuttobene.com.au/ [an hour later] @jetsettingjoyce: oh my I looooved Tutto Bene! Look out for HOT review and thanks for […]

NOT: Mecca Bah, 55a New Quay Promenade, Docklands

There was a time a couple of years ago where restaurants Mecca and Mecca Bah were HOT, HOT, HOT. Then Mecca was sold off and Mecca Bah shifted to Docklands. I think it’s been off the Melbourne foodie radar ever since. Mecca Bah takes up a prime position in Newquay as the glass-housed restaurant juts […]

HOT: Bar Lourinha, 37 Lt Collins St, Melbourne

Every weekday Bar Lourinha has a different lunch theme – Mondays are lamb stufato, then comes flaming chorizo diablo, paella valenciana and goat special. For Fishy Fridays I had expected a large fishy lunch dish – maybe some fish stew? Apparently not. It seems that Fishy Fridays just indicates that on Fridays some of the […]


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