HOT: Patch Cafe, Studio 9, 2 Bendigo Street, Richmond

Patch Cafe in Richmond is a newish operation that serves a paleo-inspired, clean eating menu. Before you pooh-pooh the idea their food managed to entice someone like me, who is definitely not grain-free, sugar-free and fat-free.  I was invited to try out their menu and took myself off to the old Channel Nine building in Richmond. […]

HOT: The Grand Masters, The Grand Hotel, 333 Burnley St, Richmond

Melbourne has so many eateries opening week after week that it’s easy to get caught up in the fervour of chasing new dining experiences. But we musn’t forget the stalwarts of the city’s dining scene, places like The Grand Hotel in Richmond that have been serving happy customers for more than twelve years in Burnley […]

The HOT List: Where to celebrate Chinese New Year 2015 in Melbourne

This year the Lunar New Year is Thursday 19 February 2015 and it will be celebrating the Year of the Goat (or Sheep). Even if you’re not of Asian descent it’s a great time in Melbourne for festivities and yummy food! Here’s a list of free Chinese New Year events in Melbourne in date order: Victoria […]

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: 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 […]

HOT: Romulus and Remus, 648 Bridge Road, Richmond

Romulus and Remus are characters from Roman mythology – which quickly gives you an idea of the kind of cuisine you can expect from this restaurant in Bridge Road Richmond. I was invited to sample some items from their broadly Italian menu which is all about ‘modern day feasting’. This translates to sharing plates, hearty […]

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