HOT: Palomino, 236 High St, Northcote

The design brief for Palomino seems to have been ‘stylish kitsch’. Look around and there’s tacky porcelain ornaments randomly resting on the ledges and dotted around the boxed wooden shelving. The backdrop though is a stylish royal blue feature wall, fern wallpaper and hanging round orbs of soft light over the bar. Only Anita tried […]

NOT: Cho Gao Restaurant & Bar, Level 3, Melbourne Central, Melbourne

I had suggested Cho Gao for Saturday lunch with my long-lost high school friend, despite my misgivings about its shopping centre locale, because I had heard about its expansive view of the State Library. Unfortunately, it was too cold and cacophonous (protests about the Northern Territory intervention) for us to sit on the balcony for […]

NOT: Little Cupcakes, Shop 7 Degraves St, Melbourne

Aww – I feel dastardly giving cute candy-striped Little Cupcakes a NOT. But really, it’s only because their red velvet cupcake ($4) didn’t compare favourably to the red velvet cupcake from London’s Hummingbird Bakery. The cream cheese icing and the flavours were right, but it was just a bit too crumbly for my taste. Perhaps […]

HOT: Max Brenner, Level 2, QV Square, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Is this the beginning of an outrageous new trend in Australia – charging extra for eating and drinking on a weekend? The 10% surchage that Max Brenner slap onto your bill on the weekends didn’t seem to deter the hoards of people, mostly young and Asian, queueing up for their dose of chocolate as they […]

HOT: Pho Dzung Tan Dinh, 208 Victoria St, Richmond

Victoria Street is Melbourne’s mini-Vietnam, which means the strip from Hoddle St to Church St is lined with numerous pho (sliced beef noodle soup) restaurants, all propounding to sell the best bowl in town. Selecting a restaurant can be a bit daunting for the uninitiated – life’s too short to be eating bad pho. The […]

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