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HOT: Dr Morse, 274 Johnston St, Abbotsford

From little things, big things grow….So the story goes with Dr Morse, a cafe/restaurant in Abbotsford that started out as a coffee window (dubbed Jr Morse) by Victoria Park station. It has now expanded into a spacious interior overlooked by an original 1930s mural advertising ‘Dr Morse’s Indian Root Pills’ and a secluded beer garden. […]

HOT: Little Big Sugar Salt, 385 Victoria St, Abbotsford

Little Big Sugar Salt is a small cafe in Abbotsford, a fish out of water in amongst Vietnamese dominated Victoria Street. It hides in a corner building and feels like someone’s house, with three small white-washed rooms with artworks, books in the fireplaces and felt cushioned shipping pallets as bench seating. Now it stands out […]

NOT: Admiral Cheng-Ho, 325 Johnston St, Abbotsford

It’s been a long time between drinks on the NOT side of the scale. So I guess the laws of probability meant that it was about time for me to a hit a NOT. I just hadn’t expected it to be Admiral Cheng-Ho. Admiral Cheng-Ho is the new northside outpost for south-of-the-river favourite Monk Bodhi Dharma and it […]

HOT: Weasel’s Garden Cafe, 8 Murray St, Abbotsford

When I think of Victoria Street, I think of eating cheap and cheerful Vietnamese at restaurants with not much to commend them in terms of setting or ambience (unless you like karaoke music videos or Vietnamese pop shows). But just step a few streets away in residential Abbotsford you’ll find Weasel’s Garden Cafe, where you’ll […]

HOT: A Touch Of…Afternoon tea, Bursaria Fine Foods, Rosina Function Space, Abbotsford Convent, 1 Helier St, Abbotsford

Sunny Sundays are meant for enjoying tea and scones I think and the latest afternoon tea offering in Melbourne is by Bursaria Fine Foods at Abbotsford Convent. ‘A Touch Of…’ is billed as a vintage-inspired afternoon tea and I was invited to sample their first event. On arrival guests were presented with a flute of […]

HOT: Opening Weekend, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013

The weather gods looked benevolently on Melbourne on the weekend as people celebrated food and wine as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Rather than bombarding you with a load of posts at once, here’s a potted summary of my HOTs and NOTs over a packed weekend of wining and dining. Some of […]

NOT: Rita’s Cafeteria, 239 Johnston St, Abbotsford

Rita’s Cafeteria had all the credentials of a place which would rate a HOT. Cool inner city venue. Artisan pizza. Funky Melbourne-esque décor. Owners with experience running successful food businesses. Smiling staff. So what went wrong? Gourmet Chick and I visited Rita’s on a weeknight and the place was full to the brim. The friendly […]

HOT: Fringe Furniture, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Melbourne Fringe Festival is on now until 9 October 2011 and one of the regular parts of the eclectic program is the free Fringe Furniture exhibition. The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘Dancing in the Dark: Small Solutions to Big Problems’. Basically, this translates to design that’s smart, green, sustainable and beautiful by designers, architects, […]

HOT Chat: Chanie Stock of Genki

Melbourne loves its fashion and one of the most beloved labels of the city is Genki. I first visited Genki‘s Cathedral Arcade shop when I arrived in Melbourne way back in 2003. I immediately fell in love with the tiny colourful shop and the adorable aesthetic of their clothing and accessories, especially their ‘I love….’ […]

HOT: The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Childrens’ Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

I believe that everything must taste better when it’s eaten outside. How else to explain the popularity of alfresco dining in the freezing depths of a Melbourne winter? The Farm Cafe is the ultimate location for relaxed open air dining. The sweetly rustic eatery is located in the bucolic surrounds of the Collingwood Childrens’ Farm […]

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