HOT: Zomp Shoez, 271 Little Collins St, Melbourne

I’m more of a gatherer than a hunter. That means that I like to shop all the time, rather than only going shopping when I need something specific. Note I don’t think my shopping habit makes me a spendthrift – it means I have an outfit for any occasion at short notice (funeral? black tie? […]

NOT: Kim Chi Lunchbox, 652 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

Glenferrie Road is the train station for Swinburne University, so as you’d expect there are lots of takeaway restaurants in close vicinity which cater for poor, hungry students. Several factors led me to Kim Chi Lunchbox: it was open, it wasn’t Indian (no shortage of burp-inducing Indian takeaway around Burwood Road and Glenferrie Road),  it […]

HOT: Taxi Dining Room, L1 Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne

Continuing my support for Put Victoria On Your Table, I booked a Winter Express lunch at usually super-expensive Taxi Dining Room for $35 a head (their 2 course lunch menu is normally $85). Be warned that the Winter Express menu = the no choice menu. Fortunately, both the main course and dessert sounded much more […]

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 […]

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