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HOT: Meatballs & Sons, 266 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a Melbourne meatball ‘scene’? Well, the latest entrant on the meatball market is Meatballs & Sons in Fitzroy. I first dined at Meatball & Sons through an invitation but I liked it so much that I returned with my family a few weeks later […]

HOT: Code Black Coffee, 15-17 Weston St, Brunswick

Code Black Coffee is a cafe and specialty coffee roaster in Brunswick. It is housed in one of the most darkly dramatic warehouse conversions I’ve seen, designed by local Brunswick architects ZWEI Interiors Architecture. As its name suggests the exterior is a brutal black and the interior is all masculine. Black walls, dark concrete floors, […]

HOT: New Shanghai, Shop 323, Level 3, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

I am really, really fussy about dumplings. My (Asian) parents taught me to be so! The hunt for excellent dumplings is an ongoing quest and I am honestly surprised to report that the best dumpling experience I’ve had in a while was in a food court. New Shanghai is a Sydney-based restaurant chain which has […]

HOT: Waffee Waffles + Coffee, 77 Swanston St, Melbourne

I can’t think of a better match for this freezing weather than a fresh waffle in one hand and a coffee (or hot chocolate in my case) in the other. Waffee Waffles + Coffee is my new waffle destination in the CBD, with their original Altona shop expanding to a prominent Swanston St storefront and soon […]

HOT: Frying Colours, 520 Macaulay Road, Kensington

Frying Colours is a modern Korean restaurant in Kensington and it’s a dream come true and a labour of love by Min Hui Lee and his partner Robert. Min is the Korean chef and designer of the restaurant and Robert helps out at the front of house when he’s not at his day job. Together they […]

HOT: HM Quan, 5/68-82 Hopkins Street, Footscray

There are loads of Vietnamese eateries on Hopkins Street Footscray yet HM Quan still manages to stands out. Mainly because of its crazy, Hawaiian-tiki inspired decor and toddler-sized furniture (for kids and adults alike). Step inside and you’ll be bombarded by a party of fake grass, indoor straw huts, tiny knick-knacks placed on every bit […]

HOT: Addict, 240-242 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Addict has just opened in Fitzroy and I think it’s particularly well-named because clearly Fitzrovians are addicted to coffee and brunch for yet another cafe to open in the suburb. Addict has removed all traces of the fluorescent lit, dingy Fitzroy Curry House and transformed the prime corner spot on Johnston and Gore Street with an […]

HOT: Cacao Lab, Driver Lane, Melbourne

Arguably one of the happy consequences of H&M evicting the previous tenants of GPO is that Cacao Fine Chocolate has been transformed into Cacao Lab in Driver Lane. Cacao Lab, which is down an alleyway from the revamped Strand arcade, is a much bigger space than the previous island stand. It’s pretty hard to miss […]

HOT: Lolo and Wren, 484 Albion St, Brunswick West

In the nether regions of Brunswick West and at the base of an uninspiring high rise block lies Lolo and Wren, a little cafe that’s gained a loyal following thanks to imaginative Spanish-inspired food, Five Senses coffee and a welcoming vibe. It’s clearly a labour of love for the owners, who are in charge of […]

HOT: Butcher 128, 128 Roberts St, Yarraville

  Suburban Yarraville has sprouted a inner-north-like hipster haven called Butcher 128. The cafe has been converted from an old butcher’s shop and some of the signage is still intact. It’s located at number 128 Roberts Street. Simple equation = Butcher 128. The front room is all aqua and black subway tiles and naked bulb lights with a […]

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