HOT: Square and Compass, 222 Clarendon St, East Melbourne

Square and Compass in East Melbourne was recently crowned as one of Melbourne’s best new cafes and it’s the combined work of owners with links to Pillar of Salt, Touchwood and Barry. Square and Compass stands alone on Clarendon Street inside a red brick terrace house, surrounded by residences, offices, health services and hospital blocks. […]

HOT: Persillade, 150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne

Despite its proximity to the CBD, Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood, East Melbourne is a bit of a never-never land when it comes to dining out. Persillade will challenge your preconceptions about skipping past East Melbourne when looking for good food. Housed underneath an apartment building, this smart bistro and cave a manger (wine shop with […]

HOT: Hard Pressed, 76 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne

Did you know wikipedia has a listing of sandwich names from around the world? Head down to ‘C’ and you’ll find the Cuban. It’s the best-seller at Hard Pressed, a daytime cafe in East Melbourne nestled in small strip of shops near Hoddle Street.  The split level cafe is bright and welcoming, with dangling bulbs, […]

HOT: GG Restaurant & Bar, 150 Clarendon St, East Melbourne

For an inner city suburb, I think that East Melbourne is strangely devoid of good eateries. Maybe because it’s sandwiched by the abundance of excellent choices in Fitzroy/Collingwood, Richmond and the CBD but my impression of the area is that it’s filled with very wealthy people who like to dine at home in the leafy […]

HOT: World’s Longest Lunch, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Fitzroy Gardens, Clarendon St, East Melbourne

Today marks the beginning of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013 – my equivalent of Christmas! From 1 March to 17 March Melbourne and regional Victoria will be focusing on all things gastronomical – from coffee to potatoes to cactus to pastries. World renowned chefs will be arriving to the city to talk and cook at the same time […]

NOT: Kiwi Fish and Chips, Tribeca Apartments, 412- 442 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

I’d heard much positive feedback about Kiwi Fush and Chups – mainly about the quality of their produce and the fact they fried in relatively healthy canola oil. I’m certainly willing to pay more for ‘posh’ fish and chips if it’s good. On a rainy Saturday, RM and I were in the mood for a […]

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