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NOT: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sumner Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Way back in January this year I ordered my usual 3-play mini subscription for the Melbourne Theatre Company. As July rolled around, I realised that I had tickets to see Dead Man’s Cell Phone….and I had no idea why. The blurb for the play stated: “A surrealist fantasy. Dancing out of the light-footed imagination of […]

NOT: Terrace Bar & Bistro, Art Series The Cullen, 161 Commercial Road, Prahran

The Cullen is a glamorous boutique hotel in Prahran which has been inspired by artist Adam Cullen, and it’s one of the series of Art Hotel popping up in Melbourne. While a hotel is not an obvious location for dining out, a high-end boutique hotel does have a certain reputation for quality to uphold, and […]

HOT: Shanghai Cultural Session, David’s Restaurant, 4 Cecil Place, Prahran

What’s the best antidote for coldest day in Melbourne in 10 years? Why, bunkering down for dinner at David’s Restaurant in Prahran. Thanks to David’s, RM and I, along with some other journos and the lucky winners of a Herald Sun competition, were invited to chat and dine with David Zhou, owner of David’s Restaurant […]

NOT: Bokchoy Tang, Level 2, The Crossbar Building Federation Square, Cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, Melbourne

Bokchoy Tang is a contemporary high-end Chinese restaurant which holds a prime position facing Federation Square and ACMI. The long narrow restaurant is impressively decked out in expensive-looking cabinets and feature tables, and a window table is a pleasant place to bask in the afternoon sun. I haven’t been to Bokchoy Tang in years and […]

HOT: The Italian, Level 6, 101 Collins Street, Melbourne

Today we have a post from a new guest blogger, Huy – man about town, fine dining aficionado and on a mission to collect as many Michelin stars as possible. Take it away Huy! Entering the foyer of 101 Collins Street never fails to take my breath away. Nothing gets my heart racing like water […]

HOT: Italy 1, 27 George Parade, Melbourne

Whenever visitors ask me to recommend a casual CBD restaurant for dinner, I tend to always direct them to Italy 1. Why? Because it’s down a typical Melbourne laneway so it’s not that easy to find (though not so difficult that it’s going to freak out anyone tumbling down a dark alley), it’s small and […]

NOT: Boynton’s Feathertop Cafe, Boyntons Feathertop Winery, 6619 Great Alpine Rd, Porepunkah

In the second of this long weekend’s out-of-town series, today we head to Porepunkah (near Bright) in Victoria’s Alpine region. In my view, a perfect Sunday involves friends, lots of food and a long white table under the shade of a big tree with rolling hills as far as the eye can see. The setting […]

HOT Spots Winter 2010

Once again the City of Melbourne have produced a free pocket-sized booklet full of lots of ideas to inspire you to get out of the house and enjoy winter in Melbourne. This is a post to bookmark! I sat down with a cup of tea and flicked through the booklet, which you can pick up […]

HOT: Lau’s Family Kitchen, 4 Acland St, St Kilda

The Jetsetting Parents were in town and as usual, I’d planned an eating itinerary for their stay. While I was contemplating where to take them, I remembered Lau’s Family Kitchen, a Cantonese restaurant in St Kilda that I’d always meant to try but being south of the river, had never really made the effort. It […]

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 […]

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