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HOT: Southgate Signature Dishes for Good Food Month, The Deck and Miyako, Southgate, Southbank

During Good Food Month the restaurants that make up the Southgate precinct are showcasing their signature dishes from 1-30 November. The dishes range from steak to scallops, from $20 to $35, so there’s something to suit everyone. You could even try a dish from one restaurant then move onto the next venue in a DIY progressive lunch or dinner! […]

HOT: Hinoki Japanese Pantry, 279 Smith St, Fitzroy

Japanese is one of my favourite cuisines and so you can imagine my excitement when Hinoki Japanese Pantry opened in my neighbourhood. Hinoki is a Japanese grocery store and sushi bar rolled into one. That means you can stop for a healthy lunch of nigiri, maki, sashimi or hand rolls and then do some shopping afterwards. […]

HOT: Japanese Afternoon Tea, Hihou, Level 1, 1 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

Hihou’s limited edition Japanese Afternoon tea represents all that I love about the food scene in Melbourne. A hard-to-find, hidden situation (walk through Nama Nama from Spring Street or ring the doorbell on the unmarked black door on Flinders Lane). An urban location with a scenic view of one of Melbourne’s beloved green pockets. And […]

HOT: Winter Bento Picnic, Nama Nama, 31 Spring St, Melbourne

Last week, during the particularly cold snap we had, I saw not one, two but three people dressed in shorts and flip flops. They weren’t Swedish backpackers but were clearly made of hardier stuff than me as I shivered away in my scarf, woolly hat and coat and barely left the house. The folks at […]

HOT: Mina-no-ie, 33 Peel St, Collingwood

The couple that established Japanese cafe Cibi has opened up their home-style hospitality further by opening up Mina-no-ie, whose motto is to ‘make yourself at home’. It’s a small tucked away cafe in the industrial end of Peel Street but it has been embraced by locals, especially those with young kids and prams. It’s a […]

HOT: Ducks in a Row, Taxi Dining Room, Level 1 Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne

Cosy up to winter in the best possible way by enjoying Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s June celebration of cold weather cuisine and Victorian produce, the Roast Collection and Put Victoria on Your Table. I was invited to a preview of one of the special events which is being held in June at the Asian inspired fine dining […]

HOT: Sake Restaurant and Bar, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

I visit the Arts Centre Melbourne reasonably frequently and so I’m always on the lookout for great pre and post-theatre dining options in the vicinity. I think I’ve alighted on a new favourite. Sake Restaurant and Bar, a fusion Japanese restaurant and bar originally hailing from Sydney (and with a Brisbane outpost too), launched last […]

HOT: Shimbashi Soba and Sake Bar, 17 Liverpool St, Melbourne

My parents recently returned from Japan where they raved about all the fabulous food that they ate, including oodles of noodles. So when they came to Melbourne to visit recently I pressed them to come with me to Shimbashi Soba and Sake Bar and bestow their expert opinion on the handmade buckwheat noodles made on […]

HOT: Aka Siro, 106 Cambridge St, Collingwood

Could Peel Street be the start of a Little Tokyo in Collingwood? First Tokyo Bike cycle shop, then Aka Siro lunch spot and recently Mina-no-ie cafe from the folks behind Japanese-style cafe and shop Cibi (also in Collingwood). Part the door curtains and step into cosy Aka Siro and you really could be in a […]

HOT: Momotaro Rahmen, 392 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Everyone has their favourite winter comfort food. For my mum it’s Ma Po Tofu. For RM it’s shepherds pie. For my friend M it’s lasagne. For me, it’s soup noodles. Laksa, won ton noodles, pho – nothing beats hugging a big steaming bowl of noodle goodness when it’s blowing a gale outside. Momotaro is a low-key […]


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