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HOT: Pop Up Scroll, 86 Smith Street, Collingwood

In a continuation of Melbourne’s love affair with sweet baked goods, Pop Up Scroll is a temporary pop up shop on Smith Street pedalling scrolls and I was invited for an afternoon tea of scroll tasting.  A former Chinese herbalist shop has been transformed by the married owners (a pastry chef and interior designer) into […]

HOT: The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards were announced tonight – did your favourites make the cut? These cafes won top honours and * indicates a cafe that I’ve reviewed previously: Top Paddock* (Richmond) – eftpos best cafe Stagger Lee’s* (Fitzroy) – best new cafe Dakdak (Moorabbin) – local hero award. Seven Seeds (Carlton) – best coffee […]

HOT: Smith Street Alimentari, 302 Smith St, Collingwood

It’s just too hot to cook! Fortunately inner north favourites Brunswick Street Alimentari and Gorski and Jones now have a new sibling to add to the Holy Trinity of good food – the food store Smith Street Alimentari. All of the three cafes/restaurants share a few things in common while carving out their own identity. […]

HOT: Lee Ho Fook, 92 Smith St, Collingwood

Happy Year of the Horse! Celebrate Chinese New Year at possibly the hottest Chinese restaurant in Melbourne at the moment – Lee Ho Fook. When Lee Ho Fook opened in October last year expectations were high as the head chef, Victor Liong, had previously worked at Marque and Mr Wong. Now that the initial hype has died down the small one […]

HOT: Lemon, Middle and Orange, 25-31 Rokeby St, Collingwood

Collingwood still industrial heart has sprouted a cafe with a curious name – Lemon, Middle and Orange. The reason for the moniker? The stainless steel and wood cafe is an architecturally designed conversion from an old paint factory and those were the chrome pigments the factory used. Despite the fact Rokeby Street harbours more trucks […]

HOT: Bistro K, 366 Smith St, Collingwood

At dinner with a group of food-loving friends one night we each made predictions as to the next food trend that will sweep Melbourne (cos the taco burger food truck thing is so 2012). My prediction is Korean. It is spicy, hearty, healthy and, well, not Mexican. And while my knowledge of Korean doesn’t extend […]

HOT: Robert Burns Hotel, 376 Smith St, Collingwood

‘Do you have anything that doesn’t have garlic in it? I don’t like garlic.’ ‘Sorry – we’re a Spanish restaurant. Everything has garlic!’ I felt a little sorry for the guy, obviously a tourist. Who would have thought that walking into the Robert Burns Hotel meant a menu of paella and chorizo and not haggis […]

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: Pop Up Tonkotsu Ramen, Wabi Sabi Salon, 94 Smith St, Collingwood

Thank you long weekend! It seems that most people have taken the opportunity of a 3 day weekend to head out of town, leaving the ramen-hunting to the rest of us. One of my favourite Japanese restaurants Wabi Sabi Salon is offering Tonkotsu Ramen Sundays, an interesting alternative to the Sunday roast. Until further notice […]

HOT: Signature High Tea, Where a Girl Goes by Cristina Re, Cnr Langridge & Oxford Sts, Collingwood

Where a Girl Goes is the flagship store of Melbourne stationery designer Cristina Re and it’s well-named – it’s an unabashedly feminine place, full of pastel colours and frills and flowers and butterflies. The large space has a retail section displaying Cristina Re‘s stationery, crockery and bath and body products, but most of the floor  is dominated by […]


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