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HOT: Ayatana Love Prahran Market, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Spring Graze, 97 Chapel St, Windsor

September heralds the start of Spring and with it, the Spring Graze as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival‘s year-round program. The Spring Graze (1-30 September) is all out celebrating Victorian producers (the campaign is called Put Victoria on Your Table) and all around the state this month Victorian restaurants, cafes and producers are […]

HOT: Ombra Salumi Bar, 76 Bourke St, Melbourne

The Grossi family are quietly making the ‘Paris end’ of Bourke Street their own (or maybe that should be the Roman end of Bourke Street?) with the addition of Ombra Salumi Bar next door to Grossi Cellar Bar, the Grossi Grill and Grossi Florentino. Ombra is both a grown-up wine bar and a casual, relaxed restaurant – […]

HOT: D.O.C Espresso, 326 Lygon St, Melbourne

Since my first visit to D.O.C Pizza years ago the family of stores bringing simple Italian food to Melbourne, particularly to Carlton, has grown. If I’m not after pizza my favourite D.O.C eatery is actually D.O.C Espresso, around the corner on busy Lygon Street. If Lygon Street is known as Little Italy then surely D.O.C Espresso would […]

HOT: Gazi, 2 Exhibition St, Melbourne

By George (Calombaris)! I am completely in love with Gazi. I was impressed from the moment I stepped inside and was greeted by the brightest smile I’ve seen on a maitre d’ for a long time. We arrived around 6:30pm on a Saturday night and were able to walk straight to our seats without a […]

HOT: Bistro Guillaume, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

With Bistro Guillaume well-known Sydney-based French chef Guillaume Brahimi brings his excellent reputation to Crown Melbourne on the site which formerly housed Philippe Mouchel’s The Brasserie. The more fine-dining aspect of The Brasserie (starched white tablecloths, sleek lighting and besuited waiters) has been stripped back to a more casual, neighbourhood bistro feel for Bistro Guillaume. So the […]

HOT: Signature High Tea, Where a Girl Goes by Cristina Re, Cnr Langridge & Oxford Sts, Collingwood

Where a Girl Goes is the flagship store of Melbourne stationery designer Cristina Re and it’s well-named – it’s an unabashedly feminine place, full of pastel colours and frills and flowers and butterflies. The large space has a retail section displaying Cristina Re‘s stationery, crockery and bath and body products, but most of the floor  is dominated by […]

HOT: Ducks in a Row, Taxi Dining Room, Level 1 Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne

Cosy up to winter in the best possible way by enjoying Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s June celebration of cold weather cuisine and Victorian produce, the Roast Collection and Put Victoria on Your Table. I was invited to a preview of one of the special events which is being held in June at the Asian inspired fine dining […]

HOT: Persimmon, Ground Level NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Southbank

I have to admit that I am a bit skeptical when it comes to gallery or concert hall restaurants. I feel that when a building’s main purpose is not to be a restaurant then there’s no real incentive to serve good food. Add to that the fact that they are  catering for a captive audience of hungry […]

HOT: The Drifter’s Table, Small Block, 130 Lygon St, Brunswick East

I love a good pop up as much as the next Melburnian, but a pop up one-night-only dinner that I found out about via Twitter? I had to get myself to The Drifter’s Table! The Drifter’s Table is a project by Zac Nicholson, Robbie Bell and Keelan Gallogly – three chefs with experience from Quay, Rockpool Bar […]

HOT: High Coffee, Market Lane Bar, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, 495 Collins St, Melbourne

In a coffee-mad city, it’s surprising that until the indulgence of high tea hasn’t extended to the celebrating the coffee culture in Melbourne…until now. Just in time for Mother’s Day, the InterContinental Melbourne hotel, located in the heritage listed Rialto on Collins Street, has just launched High Coffee, available every afternoon from 2-5pm for $55 […]

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