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HOT: Forgotten Fruits High Tea, Southpaw Bar, 189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Another one-off (and sold out) event as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, this time the Forgotten Fruits High Tea at Southpaw Bar. It caught my fancy because it sounded like something from Alice in Wonderland! This wasn’t just any high tea, but a high tea full of cakes and pastries made from […]

HOT: No 35, Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins St, Melbourne

Free yourself! There’s no need to eat a soggy sandwich at your desk this week. As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, loads of restaurants all around Melbourne and regional Victoria are putting on Restaurant Express – a 2 course lunch, glass of Victorian wine and tea/coffee for $35. As the name suggests, […]

HOT: Marquis of Lorne, 411 George St, Fitzroy

I stepped into Marquis of Lorne and the word that came immediately to mind was ‘lair’. The tri-level┬ástreet corner boozer just has an insouciant air of 70s rock and roll about it. It might have been the Rolling Stones covers that the pub band was playing on a Sunday afternoon, maybe the luxurious Sergeant Pepper […]

HOT: Supermaxi, 305 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North

Melburnians love their gourmet pizzas and Supermaxi is the one of the newest kids on the block. However, the team behind Supermaxi comes with a lot of experience – namely, the head chef is Rita Macali, one of the original owners of Ladro in Fitzroy and arguably partly responsible for kick-starting the trend about 5 […]

HOT: Yum Cha Dragon, Shop 14, 427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands

Sigh. The eternal conundrum of Docklands. Every time I visit the area I think to myself that on paper, it should work. There are restaurants, shops, markets, free events, lots of space for people to rest, stroll and ride their bikes, public transport access, heaps of parking, pleasant water and city views and close proximity […]

HOT: Chez Olivier, 121 Greville St, Prahran

I am an unabashed Francophile so I can’t quite believe that I’d never been to, let alone heard of, Chez Olivier till now. And Mon Dieu what have I been missing?? The door to Chez Olivier is small and unassuming but as soon as you walk in you’re transported to another time and place. (Cute) […]

NOT: Chilli Padi, Shop OE7, Menzies Alley, Melbourne Central, Melbourne

After reading some positive reviews of Chilli Padi online, I thought maybe I’d found a great restaurant in Melbourne Central with which I could bribe RM to come Christmas shopping with me. Unfortunately, our experience was a case of generally good food marred by comically bad service. Read on…. On arrival on a Wednesday night […]

NOT: Number 8 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank

It’s sad when an old favourite falls from favour. Such is the case with my recent visit to Number 8. Before I start, I should emphasise that I spent a lot of time thinking about whether to give it a HOT or NOT. It seemed unduly harsh to NOT it given that our meal wasn’t […]

HOT: Anada, 197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

I have reviewed Anada before, but way before the full-fledged version of MEL: HOT OR NOT when reviews didn’t necessarily contain photos. I have felt for a while that Anada deserved more a few paragraphs of text, so to redress this situation some friends and I organised to have Sunday lunch there. In terms of […]

HOT: Zenzero Blu, 32 Best St cnr St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North

When you hear ‘degustation dinner’ do you involuntarily flinch at how much damage your meal is going to do to your wallet? Well, thanks to Where’s the Beef, I have discovered possibly the best value degustation in Melbourne. $25 for 8 courses at Zenzero Blu. Yes you heard right. It is eight vegetarian courses, but […]


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