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HOT: Fox in the Corn, 4 Droop Street, Footscray

It’s a good thing my paleo diet experiment died in its early stages (‘Faileo?’), as it means that I can eat my way through the fresh pasta available at Fox in the Corn in Footscray seven days a week. Fox in the Corn is a new venture from the founders of Millgrove Pasta in Williamstown. […]

HOT: Pop Up Scroll, 86 Smith Street, Collingwood

In a continuation of Melbourne’s love affair with sweet baked goods, Pop Up Scroll is a temporary pop up shop on Smith Street pedalling scrolls and I was invited for an afternoon tea of scroll tasting.  A former Chinese herbalist shop has been transformed by the married owners (a pastry chef and interior designer) into […]

HOT: Heal.Thy Self Co., 26 Ballarat St, Yarraville

If one of your New Years resolutions is to ‘eat better’ or ‘be healthier’ then Heal.Thy Self Co. is the place to head. Despite my aversion to its pun- and punctuation-overdosed name, Heal.Thy Self Co. is worth a visit for its healthy, organic, often raw, mostly vegetarian food. Produce comes from their grocery neighbour Plump […]

HOT: Pidapipo, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton

Pipapipo is a new addition to the Lygon Street ice cream/gelato strip and in a prime position across the road from Cinema Nova. You can’t miss it because there is a big red neon sign proclaiming ‘gelateria’ in the window. According to this fascinating article, you can generally judge the quality of gelati from 15 […]

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 […]

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