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HOT: Il Melograno, 76 High Street, Northcote

I am a gelato snob. Nothing gives me more joy in a gelateria than seeing a row of gleaming metal pozzetti tubs – because it’s the best indication of good quality gelati without actually tasting it. As soon as I walked into Il Melograno (‘The Pomegranate Tree) in Northcote I knew that I was in for a […]

HOT: Sookie La La, 593 High St, Northcote

American diner Sookie La La has set up shop on the Thornbury/Northcote border of High Street, where the 86 tram runs virtually empty and it’s easy to find a car park. Sookie La La‘s aesthetic is pared back art deco, with wooden diner booths, high padded leather stools by the bar and two small tables fronting […]

HOT: Barry, 85 High St, Northcote

I’m usually of two minds whether to visit a cafe on their first day of trade. But when I found out that Barry was being opened by the team at award-winning Pillar of Salt I figured that they’d know what they were doing. Plus my view is that if you’re taking people’s money then you need to […]

HOT: Red Door Corner Store, 70 Mitchell St, Northcote

While the demise of the neighbourhood milk bar is a sad testament of our time of mega-malls and supermarket duopolies, the silver lining is that Melburnians have managed to transform the humble corner store into some fantastic cafes, including Mitte, Squirrel Cafe and my latest find, Red Door Corner Store. The owner/chef has retained some […]

HOT: The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Winners!

The winners of The Age Good Food Guide 2012 Awards were announced last night. Here is the complete list of winners, some with my previous reviews – congratulations! Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year – Attica Citibank Chef of the Year – Dan Hunter, Royal Mail Hotel Regional Restaurant of the year – Loam Best New […]

HOT: Grandfathers Axe, 171 High St, Northcote

Regular readers will know that I have a penchant for 20th century vintage furniture. What used to be a mild browsing interest has turned into a mission with a purpose as I’ve just recently moved into an Art Deco apartment which deserves to be filled with furniture that, for once, doesn’t come in a flat […]

HOT: Gypsy Hideout, 68 High St, Northcote

Sometimes a wrong turn can be the right decision. I was cycling along the Merri Creek bike track one afternoon, intending to head up to CERES. However, at the junction for the path heading north I heard the loud rumble of excavation works and chainsawing and so I decided to take a right hand turn […]

HOT: The Estelle Bar & Kitchen, 243 High St, Northcote

Some people have strange hobbies. And I came across a particularly strange hobby when I visited The Estelle and discovered that one of the owner’s family friends knits smallgoods. As in, create objects d’art like sausages and a leg of lamb from knitting needles and wool! The Estelle is a quirky bar/cafe in the vintage shop-baby […]

HOT: Penny Farthing Espresso, 206 High St, Northcote

Penny Farthing Espresso is a cute combination of the bygone era of top hats and handlebar moustaches with insouciant Northcote coolness. The cafe first caught my eye because of the fabulous steampunk bicycle in the window. Apparently it’s a working apparatus, although the penny farthing enthusiast who built it has only ridden it twice…and fallen off […]

HOT Chat: Pip Carroll of Melbourne Bikefest

Finally we’re experiencing some warmer weather in Melbourne – and have you noticed the increased number of cyclists these days? It all bodes well for the upcoming Melbourne Bikefest, a 5 day festival being held at 1000 £ Bend which will celebrate all things cycling related in our city. Today’s HOT Chat is with Pip Carroll, […]


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