HOT: Old Kingdom, 197 Smith St, Fitzroy

This no-nonsense Chinese restaurant is apparently the best place for Peking Duck in Melbourne. I thought that I would test out this urban legend by assembling the best panel of judges I could think of – my (Chinese) parents, my (Chinese) family friend, myself (Chinese) and RM (not Chinese, but along for the ride). The […]

HOT: Babka Bakery Cafe, 358 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

The day that I can walk into Babka and sit at a table straight away is the day that I buy a lottery ticket. I’ve  given Babka a HOT previously as part of the Hot Cross Bun Challenge 2009, but I thought it deserved a separate assessment on the basis of its sit-down service and […]

HOT: Bistro Vue, 430 Little Collins St, Melbourne

Bistro Vue is the flouncier French provincial sister of sleek gastrotemple Vue de Monde and the rustic salmon-pink dining room (which smells deliciously of melted butter) is a cosy haven on a winter’s night. We booked our dinner as part of  Put Victoria On Your Table, a scheme running from 26 July to 9 August […]

HOT: Fresh Generation, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

You’re probably looking at the photo and thinking ‘Jetsetting Joyce has completely lost her mind now – she’s paid $30 for a lump of dirt and some rice in a plastic container’. Well, maybe. Even since our dinner at Cafe Vue, RM and I have been rhapsodising about the toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich with […]

HOT: London and American Supply Stores, 483-485 Elizabeth St, Melb

My god daughter is a little girl after my heart. She’s got blonde curls, big blue eyes, is generous with hugs and sings ‘You are my sunshine’ to me. Even better, she loves making and eating (chocolate) cake. Which is why I just had to buy this adorable ‘Little Helper Set’ from London and American […]

HOT: Nam Loong, 223 Russell St, Melbourne

The best steamed buns in town (even better than Shark Fin House) come from Nam Loong. The location is not the most salubrious (next to Club X) and I wouldn’t choose to sit down for a meal in their dank greasy-spoon dining room, but as long you don’t venture past the glass case of steamed […]

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