HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel thanks to new owners Anthony Hammond (co-owner of the excellent Builders Arms in Fitzroy) with business partner Nick Carter plus Anthony’s wife Jo deFina. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s […]

HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon

Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]

HOT: Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray

Small Graces is a bright and cosy Footscray cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego and his partner Bec. Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. Diego uses ingredients that are ethically sourced with minimal processing. Vegetables feature heavily and dishes can be adjusted for vegan diets […]

HOT: Skate Slide Chill, The Common Man, 39 Duke’s Walk, South Wharf

Make the most of Melbourne’s winter with Skate Slide Chill, a new pop-up ice skating and tobogganing winter wonderland at  The Common Man South Wharf. We are invited to the launch and have a great time trying out the whole Skate Slide Chill experience, starting with skating on the undercover ice rink, sliding down the toboggan slide and relaxing in the […]

HOT: Mr Lawrence, 67 Beach St, Port Melbourne

Mr Lawrence in Port Melbourne has moved from the London Hotel and relaunched at a new site that was previously occupied by Tenpin, Mr Lawrence’s sister venue. I am invited to experience the relaunch of Mr Lawrence and I leave very impressed by the delicious Middle-Eastern inspired food and friendly service at the new venue. […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine faces the railway crossing at Hampton and is a popular haunt with commuters, families and nearby worker for all day breakfast or lunch. You can choose to hang out at the outdoor pavement tables or step away from the buzz to sit in the leafy courtyard instead. We try the Marrakesh salad ($16) […]

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