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NOT: Mecca Bah, 55a New Quay Promenade, Docklands

There was a time a couple of years ago where restaurants Mecca and Mecca Bah were HOT, HOT, HOT. Then Mecca was sold off and Mecca Bah shifted to Docklands. I think it’s been off the Melbourne foodie radar ever since. Mecca Bah takes up a prime position in Newquay as the glass-housed restaurant juts […]

HOT: Bar Lourinha, 37 Lt Collins St, Melbourne

Every weekday Bar Lourinha has a different lunch theme – Mondays are lamb stufato, then comes flaming chorizo diablo, paella valenciana and goat special. For Fishy Fridays I had expected a large fishy lunch dish – maybe some fish stew? Apparently not. It seems that Fishy Fridays just indicates that on Fridays some of the […]

HOT: Isthmus of Kra, 50 Park St, South Melbourne

Today we have a guest post from the lovely Miss Kish, my blog crush, friend and collaborator. She reviews long-standing restaurant, Isthmus of Kra, from a vegetarian point of view. Thanks Kish! The Isthmus of Kra is the narrow land bridge which connects the Malay Peninsula with the mainland of Asia. In Melbourne however, Isthmus […]

HOT: Verge Restaurant & Winebar, 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

It’s currently wedding season amongst my group of friends and so I’ve been invited to various forms of hen’s nights, from raucous cocktails to life drawing. One of the classier outings was a dinner at Verge, the two-hatted Simon Denton restaurant. As we were a large group we had a three course set menu, very […]

HOT: Ici, 359 Napier St, Fitzroy

Not being much of a drinker, when I say my ‘local’ I’m generally referring to the nearest café to my house rather than the nearest pub. While Ici is not strictly my local, it is the sort of café which I wish was my local. The quiet and unassuming bluestone building is tucked away in […]

HOT: Amsterdam Street, 1 Amsterdam St, Richmond

Despite its bright red frontage, Amsterdam Street is not the kind of cafe you will tend to stumble across because it’s tucked off Church Street. But as a result it’s the perfect place hide by yourself to relax with the weekend papers. They have an extensive all day breakfast menu and for lunch they also […]

HOT: Hung Vuong Saigon, 128 Hopkins Street, Footscray

Today we have another guest post from Ceri aka Healthy Party Girl trying out pho in Footscray. Thanks Ceri! On a cold, rainy Saturday, my best friend convinced me to skip the planned movie and instead took me out to her favourite local spot for pho instead. We battled through Saturday market shopping traffic and […]

NOT: Rich Maha, Shop 9, 343 Equitable Place, Melbourne

I had my doubts about Rich Maha as soon as I saw their menu.  Indian, Malaysian, Tandoori, Sri Lankan and Singaporean all in one place? Any restaurant which purports to serve all those cuisines at the same time is bound for trouble. Rich Maha does seem to be very popular with the lunch time crowds […]

HOT: Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Cafe, 1-3 McIlwrick St, Windsor

I haven’t had dim sum in Melbourne other than at Shark Fin House for years. However, I was sufficiently intrigued by Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Cafe to stray from my faithful yum cha restaurant and cycle across town to check it out. Red Door offers a small selection of dim sum in rather […]

HOT: Wood Spoon Kitchen, 88 Smith St, Collingwood

I just can’t get enough of Japanese food, and it seems the residents of Smith Street feel the same way. Across the road from Peko Peko and sandwiched between the excellent Wabi Sabi Salon and yet-to-be-reviewed Tokushima is the cute Wood Spoon Kitchen. I was convinced to eat at this restaurant after the excellent rating […]


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