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HOT: Launch of MEL: Heat Map

HOT: Launch of MEL: Heat Map

For those of you who may not have noticed yet, there’s a new little button on the top menu of MEL: HOT OR NOT -  MEL: Heat Map. What’s that, you ask? Well, I have been spending my waking hours putting every review on MEL: HOT OR NOT onto a single map. So that means […]

HOT: Charcoal Lane, 136 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

You know that Charcoal Lane is a different sort of restaurant as soon as you walk through the handsome heavy black doors. At the entrance these words mark the wall: You are part of a unique and exciting program of Mission Australia, in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, William Angliss Institute and employers. […]

HOT: Roundhouse Roti, 220 Gertude St, Fitzroy

Roti is the flavour of the month for me (see my review of Old Town Kopitiam Mamak) so I was delighted to discover a Malaysian style roti joint close to home. Roundhouse Roti has been open for a couple of months and is run by a young Fitzroy local Lee  Chong (his mum runs the […]

HOT: David’s Restaurant, 4 Cecil Place, Prahran

The Age Epicure recently ran an article about the best places for yum cha in Melbourne and they named one-hat David’s Restaurant as one of the best in town (unbelievably my personal favourite Shark Fin House didn’t make the cut). Eager to try it with my other dim sum expert friends, we battled the weekend […]

HOT: MoVida Aqui, Level 1, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne

MoVida Aqui is the recently opened, expanded version of Frank Camorra’s fabulous Spanish eatery, MoVida Bar de Tapas. While it’s virtually impossible to get a booking at the original MoVida these days, and there are two timed sittings in the evenings, things at MoVida Aqui are much more relaxed. The space is airy and light […]

HOT: Outpost, 9 Yarra St, South Yarra

Outpost. How much do I love thee, let me count the ways: The open kitchen. MasterChef has shown us that cooking can be theatre, and at Outpost you can have a front-row view of the kitchen goings-on. Great entertainment if you’re eating alone and love food (like me).  Oh, and they use Aesop handwash in […]

HOT: Three Bags Full, 56 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

Three Bags Full is the latest addition to the industrial chic cafe scene that Melbourne does so well. It comes with good credentials, as it’s run by the same husband-and-wife team (Sarah Foletta and Nathan Toleman) and their business partners Ben and Diamon, who are behind award-winning cafes APTE and Liar Liar. On the second […]

HOT: Royal Mail Hotel, 98 Parker Street Glenelg Highway, Dunkeld

As a special Australia Day public holiday treat, we’re going to go out of town for the day and head to the tiny town of Dunkeld, 260km west of Melbourne. Why? Because one of Australia’s best country restaurants, and The Age Good Food Guide’s Country Restaurant of the Year in 2009, is located at the […]

HOT: Markov Place, 350-352 Drummond St, Carlton

Today my recently Melbourne-relocated Sydney friend commented that Melbourne seems to have a particular fascination with Spanish cuisine which wasn’t evident in the Sydney dining scene. I can’t vouch for whether that’s actually true or not, but tonight I found yet another cool restaurant/bar serving Spanish-inspired food. And it was muy bueno. Markov Place is […]

HOT Spots Summer Edition 2010 and Summer Serve

It’s summer. The sun doesn’t go down till 9pm. Everyone is feeling relaxed and refreshed. So why not spend some time discovering, or rediscovering, the great things Melbourne offers in summer? If browsing through MEL: HOT OR NOT doesn’t provide you with enough inspiration, pick up Hot Spots Summer Edition 2010, a cute booklet produced […]


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