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HOT: David’s Restaurant, 4 Cecil Place, Prahran

Melbourne’s Lunar New Year festivities are still happening this week so this weekend is a good opportunity to sneak in a last Chinese New Year feast at David’s Prahran. This bustling ‘Country Shanghai’ Chinese restaurant has great value sharing menus which are perfect for groups of diners and eliminates the need to make difficult decisions […]

HOT: Lee Ho Fook, 92 Smith St, Collingwood

Happy Year of the Horse! Celebrate Chinese New Year at possibly the hottest Chinese restaurant in Melbourne at the moment - Lee Ho Fook. When Lee Ho Fook opened in October last year expectations were high as the head chef, Victor Liong, had previously worked at Marque and Mr Wong. Now that the initial hype has died down the small one […]

HOT: Public Inn, 165 Barker St, Castlemaine

The frontage of Public Inn Castlemaine is restored gold rush circa 1850s but the inside is now a modern bistro and bar. The eatery moves from formal to casual seamlessly. You can choose to sit on some drinking chesterfield couches by the fireplace, at the relaxed bistro tables or in the formal restaurant area overlooked by a magnificent wine […]

HOT: Tao Tao House, 815 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

Everyone has their own favourite yum cha destinations. I’m usually a fan of Shark Fin House and Golden Dragon Palace – and now I think they’re both topped by my recent visit to Tao Tao House.  Tao Tao House came recommended via my (Chinese) parents’ (Chinese) friends – the Chinese expat grapevine is a great source […]

HOT: Casa Ciuccio, 13 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Melbourne’s inaugural Good Food Month starts today and there are some amazing events in the program (some of which have already sold out). Fasten your seatbelts and loosen your belts, there will be a lot of Good Food Month action happening on the blog in November. Firstly, ‘Let’s Do Lunch‘. During Good Food Month weekday two-course lunches at a selection of Good Food Guide restaurants […]

NOT: Park Hyatt Afternoon Tea, 1 St Andrews Pl, Melbourne

Let me say at the outset the reason this review is a NOT is not because the Park Hyatt‘s afternoon tea is bad. Unfortunately it just pales in comparison with some of the other afternoon teas I’ve sampled in Melbourne, such as those with an expansive dessert buffet or presented in an unusual location or […]

HOT: Lavazza Gran Riserva Blend Launch, Sosta Cucina, 12 Errol St, North Melbourne

It’s been a long time between visits to Sosta Cucina but I was happily reminded by how much I like this North Melbourne stalwart. It’s the kind of place that I’d love to have as my Italian local – the mainly Northern Italian menu is delicious and unpretentious and the owners, executive chef Maurice Santucci […]

HOT: LuxBite Tea Set for Two, 38 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

Afternoon tea is my favourite meal of the day and the South Yarra patisserie LuxBite are offering possibly the most affordable afternoon tea in town. The LuxBite Tea Set for Two includes two drinks, four macarons, two cakes and two sandwiches of the day for $48.  As you can choose your drinks, macarons and cakes from their […]

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 – […]

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