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HOT: Queen Margaret, 356 Queens Pde, North Fitzroy

The pizzeria Queen Margaret is not named as a reference to QEII’s sister, but to Queen Margherita of Savoy, the first Queen of the united Italy and for whom the magherita pizza was named. Queen Margaret boasts eighteen (!) pizza varieties on its chalkboard menu, spearheaded by not just one but three riffs on the […]

HOT: Ilona Staller, 282 Carlisle St, Balaclava

I can’t cope with Melbourne’s growing trend for restaurants that don’t take bookings (too uncertain, too impatient, too hungry). But I really wanted to have dinner at Ilona Staller. What to do? Answer – dispatch my Balaclavan friends R and A to plonk themselves at the bar at 6:30pm on a Saturday night while I […]

HOT: Dumpling Masterclass, Oriental Teahouse, GD 068/69 Melbourne Central

Restauranter and tea merchant David Zhou has expanded his Oriental Teahouse empire to Melbourne Central. The entrance is not immediately obvious from Elizabeth Steet which is a shame as the fitout is gorgeous – warm and earthy tones beckon you inside while punches of firecracker red accentuate the concept’s Chinese origins. I have blogged about […]

HOT: Golden Dragon Palace, 363 Manningham Rd, Lower Templestowe

I don’t shy away from being decisive on this blog so I’m going to make bold claim. Golden Dragon Palace has the best yum cha in Melbourne. So. I’ve put it out there now. Of course, I haven’t eaten at every single yum cha restaurant in Melbourne. It’s possible that there are places that do […]

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

I am an unashamed omnivore – my favourite meat is duck, followed closely by pork. So when I heard that a Duckfest was being organised at The Provincial Hotel, how could I say no? The dining room at The Provincial has an earthy stone-set warmth which is a fitting backdrop to the rustic European style […]

HOT: Friends of Mine, 506 Swan St, Richmond

Friends of Mine is the culinary equivalent of a friendship circle. Everything in the cheery establishment, from the produce to the artwork to the furniture, has been sourced from friends or friends of friends of the owner Jason Jones – hence the name. Isn’t it great to see a cafe really embrace the philosphy of […]

HOT: Shanghai Dynasty, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Whenever my parents are in town I try to make the most of their Chinese language skills and food expertise by steering them towards meals at Chinese restaurants. Our latest trip was to Shanghai Dynasty for lunch, after I read a review of the restaurant at Addictive & Consuming. Since Jeroxie’s review in January the […]

NOT: Thanh Nga Nine, 160 Victoria St, Richmond

*This post has no photos because of a technical glitch with my memory card! If by some miracle I can recover the images I’ll post them. Sorry!* Isn’t it awkward when your friend raves about a restaurant so you go on their recommendation…and then you don’t like it very much? Well, a public apology to […]

HOT: PM24, 24 Russell St, Melbourne

Unbeknownst to me, my dinner at The Brasserie at Crown last year was the last hoorah for Philippe Mouchel at the restaurant. Fortunately, he has now moved his talents to a new venue in the city, PM24, backed by his new partners the Press Club Group. Some things have changed and some things have remained […]

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 […]


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