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HOT: Mezmez, 42 Ferguson St, Williamstown

The owners of Newport’s popular The Pint of Milk have opened a bigger restaurant around the corner in Williamstown called Mezmez. The interior is tastefully decorated and telling of the Turkish influence that’s in the menu if the name doesn’t give it away. ‘Contemporary Middle Eastern’ is how I’d define it – shisha pipes hang […]

HOT: Brother Nancy, 182 Essex St, West Footscray

Hidden deep within residential West Footscray is a small cafe called Brother Nancy. Owner Leigh is a WeFo local who was travelling east for work. With a two year old and another child on the way, he decided for lifestyle reasons that he needed to work closer to home. Plus he knew that the area […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s many restaurants, including Cafe […]

HOT: Woven, 175B Stephen St, Yarraville

Woven is a small cafe at the bottom of a newish warehouse conversion in Yarraville. It feels like Collingwood without the high prices and cooler-than-thou attitude. They have fitted out the compact space with wood, brick, polished concrete and exposed beams, in keeping with its formerly industrial heritage. There are a few outdoor seats with […]

HOT: Gradi at Crown, Shop 25, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

Crowning the world’s best margherita pizza is a big ask….but Johnny Di Francesco, chef and owner of  Brunswick pizzeria 400 Gradi was awarded this accolade by the judges at World Pizza Championships in Italy in April 2014. Luckily for Melburnians, 400 Gradi has just expanded into their second restaurant at Crown and it serves the same […]

HOT: Providence, 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton

Providence is a bright new cafe in Carlton in a part of Rathdowne Street that’s not currently well served by cafes. It’s located in the lobby of Australian Unity’s new aged care facility Rathdowne Place but you wouldn’t know it.  The fit out is contemporary, airy and cheerful and there’s not a hint of granny […]

HOT: Green Park, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

Green Park in Carlton North has made a fresh start of one of my former regular haunts in Melbourne, St Ali North. It’s just as great as before with a few new touches. The big windows facing out onto the Capital City trail bike path and the adjacent playground have been retained and are so […]

HOT: Mr Nice Guy’s BakeShop, 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

Mr Nice Guy’s BakeShop in Ascot Vale an awesome organic vegan bakery for non-vegans. The magic that they create with their baked goods without the use of eggs, milk, butter or cream has to be tried to be believed. The quirky, retro-tastic cafe has seating along the window and one side of the wall, while […]

HOT: South Melbourne Market tour, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

During Markets of Melbourne’s Market Week 2014 I took the opportunity to take a guided tour of South Melbourne Market. South Melbourne Market is not a market I frequent often so the tour was a fun and delicious way to discover interesting gems and meet some of the stallholders and characters behind the long-standing market. Here are […]

HOT: Dr Morse, 274 Johnston St, Abbotsford

From little things, big things grow….So the story goes with Dr Morse, a cafe/restaurant in Abbotsford that started out as a coffee window (dubbed Jr Morse) by Victoria Park station. It has now expanded into a spacious interior overlooked by an original 1930s mural advertising ‘Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills’ and a secluded beer garden. […]

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