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HOT: The European, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

So, a pesky volcano in Iceland means that you can’t make it to Europe anytime soon. The solution? Get your dose of la dolce vita at The European. The European is a restaurant that embodies my most romantic dreams of the Continent. The glass doors, dark wood interior and black and white chequered floor transport […]

HOT: Dessert evenings with Pierre Roelofs, Cafe Rosamond, Rear 191 Smith St, Fitzroy

I’ve blogged about dessert maestro Pierre Roelofs before – more precisely, about how disappointed I was to miss out on his brief sojourn presenting dessert evenings at chocolate shop Monsieur Truffe last year. If you were as disappointed as I was, here’s some good news! Pierre has popped up at cute-as-a-button Cafe Rosamond for dessert […]

HOT: Temperance Hotel, 426 Chapel St, South Yarra

The Temperance Hotel is a pub dressed up in stiletto heels, fake tan and disco bling. In the heart of Chapel Street South Yarra, it’s frequented by sleekly groomed youngsters who all kind of look the same to me, and hence I’ve never given it a second glance. However if you can look past the […]

HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra

Coffee Darling is the perfect cafe for its location. Firstly, it serves coffee (and other nice things) in a sparkling little spot on Darling Street, South Yarra. Secondly, South Yarra is the kind of suburb where two-syllable words like ‘darling’ get drawled out into four syllables ‘daaaarrrling’, usually accompanied by a couple of mwah mwah […]

HOT Chat: Fiona Maxwell of Next Wave

Next Wave is a biennial arts event which is Australia’s leading festival for young artists, arts workers and young audiences. The festival features works from artists aged 16 to 30 including dance, theatre, visual arts, performance, new media and literature. I first came across it when I volunteered in 2006 as a gallery guard at […]

HOT: Pasta Al Giro, Mezzo Bar & Grill, 35 Lt Bourke St, Melbourne

After three weeks of non-stop Chinese food on our honeymoon, what a nice way to get back into real (Western) life than to sit down to Southern Italian comfort food with Pasta Al Giro. What is Pasta Al Giro? A feast of fresh and filled pasta to share with your table for $45 a head, […]

HOT: Friends of the Earth, 312 Smith St, Collingwood

I’ve previously blogged about the fantastic range of dried goods and produce available at Friends of the Earth, but last week was the first time I sampled some of the vegan/vegetarian food served in the laidback cafe. During the week you can get a mixed salad plate which has a bit of everything heaped on […]

NOT: Breadwell, 135 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Breadwell? BreadNOT. This small café is popular with the lawyer/banker crowd down towards the Paris end of Collins St, and I’m not sure why because the food that L and I had for lunch was pretty poor. To whit – Breadwell’s ‘famous’ spicy meatballs with pasta ($20) and green lentil dahl with yoghurt and crispy […]

HOT: Las Vegan Bakery & Cafe, 22 Smith St, Collingwood

I’d been meaning to visit Las Vegan Bakery & Cafe ever since they were awarded 2009 Victorian Vegetarian Restaurant of the Year by Vegetarian Network Victoria. I’m not sure how many other restaurants were in contention, but it’s a pretty impressive title nonetheless. Las Vegan is a small little colourful cafe filled with the kind […]

HOT: Izakaya Chuji, 165 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Izakaya Chuji proudly pronounces that it’s been operating since 1989. It must be doing something right if it’s still going strong after 20 years, despite a rather dingy interior (and increasing in dinginess the further away from the window you are) and no-frills service. At lunch time the 50s diner-like setup is full of office […]


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