3 Jun
2015

carousel-jardin-des-tuileriesParis has always been romanticised by writers and travellers alike. Perhaps so much so that it falls short of expectations for some, but my heart was swayed by the connection that my sister had with this beautiful, pink-hued city. I had no intentions to go anywhere but London, but Allen reminded me of how much Liz loved Paris and how she and I had planned to meet there in five months times. So, we caught the Eurostar train from London and after three short hours, we found ourselves in the heart of Paris.

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9 Nov
2014

                 Mister Jennings was conceptualised by Ryan – a solo venture after departing from a Melbourne favourite, Estelle Bar & Kitchen. It is a small space, although not cramped, highlighted by the plentiful natural lighting flowing in. While “tasting menus” typically bring up concoctions of tiny portions and exorbitant prices, Mister Jennings is one of the few restaurants changing the game and bringing affordable tastings of the chef’s top picks.

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13 Jul
2014

Disclaimer: I was invited by AMPR to have dinner at Cecconi’s Flinders Lane. All thoughts and opinions are based purely on my experience at the time of visit.

It’s admirable for a restaurant to be long-standing in the fickle and on-trend driven city of Melbourne. Cecconi’s has been established on Flinders Lane for almost a decade, despite the continuous droves of restaurants opening and closing up within a few blocks. There is a sophisticated, formal atmosphere with the open kitchen acting as the main centrepiece – from the offers to take your coat away from you; crisp white table linen dressing the dining tables; and the brushing of crumbs off the table after courses. Upon our arrival for dinner, we noticed some late lunchers who seemed to enjoy their lunch so much, they had started to transition their way into some early evening drinks

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7 Jun
2014

Chris Watson, former chef at Cutler and Co, and Andrew McConnell teamed up to open the new luxurious French bistro, Luxembourg Bar & Bistro, residing where the former Golden Fields used to sit along Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. There have been a few changes to transform the space into a seductive, French bistro and service is warm and relaxed. The chef’s selection menu makes for great value, coming in at $65 a pop, so we decided to let them take charge with our menu and take in the new digs.

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10 Nov
2013

Following my indulgent dinner at Scott Pickett’s new joint venture in Collingwood, Saint Crispin, I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to have dinner at his first venture with partner Ryan Flaherty (now a solo venture by Scott Pickett as of 5th Nov 2013) in Northcote, Estelle Bar & Kitchen. She assumed she was lucky because I didn’t mind a revisit to Estelle but in reality, I was more than willing to tag along and experience the fanciful and playfulness of the dishes served up at Estelle.

Knowing that in some instances, diners were left disappointed when they did not have enough time to experience the full nine course tasting menu ($110 per person), we informed our waiter of our intentions as soon as we were seated. With the two seating sessions in restaurants these days, arriving on time and alerting staff of this is a must!

Soon after, a platter with some starters arrived. The bonito cracker with drops of pumpkin (?) puree provided a nice contrast of a sweet and fishy flavours. The venison tartare on the sweet, crumbly biscuit was the favourite of the lot while the compressed melon in an edible wrapper was a refreshing bite.

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2 May
2013

Disclaimer: I was invited by Wrights PR to attend a bloggers lunch at GG. All thoughts and opinions are based purely on my experience at the time of visit.

GG is the perfect spot to hit up for a quick meal before a footy match at the MCG or simply the perfect setting for a long lunch/dinner to waste your day away in. In fact, that’s exactly what we did at GG (the long lunch bit) when a few bloggers and I were invited to come down to sample their menu.

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14 Apr
2013

 

The first few months of the year prove to be exciting as there are always festivals to look forward to. With the end of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival comes the start of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Mr A & I had a pair of tickets to Watson (many LOL moments there) on a Friday night so we decided to have dinner at The Town Mouse beforehand. Run by the people formerly behind New Zealand’s highly acclaimed Matterhorn, The Town Mouse is actually set in the location where Embrasse used to reside.


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29 Jan
2013

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                                      Trocadero is one of three new restaurants taking up residence at the newly remodelled Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre. Being a hub for performances, the clientele mainly consisted of the ‘pre-theatre’ crowd who were in and out before we were done with our meal. Located off Flinders street and overlooking the Yarra river, the interior is neutral and sleek with the wait staff donning matching grey uniforms.

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11 Nov
2012

                                               Sometimes we’ll be driving somewhere and something will catch my eye to which I make a mental note to look up later. We were driving just north of the city when I saw a few people dressed up nicely milling around in front of a residential looking area. I thought surely it couldn’t be a restaurant, until we drove past and I saw the sign ‘Epocha’ and thus made my mental note. In the experienced hands of Angie Giannakodakis and Guy Holder, Epocha is set in a Victorian terrace in Carlton and opened in late September.

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7 Nov
2012

                         Flinders Lane is playing host to some pretty cool restaurants these days and with the likes of Cumulus Inc. pumping customers in and out from breakfast to dinner, Virginia Plain has got some healthy competition opening up next door. It was Melbourne Cup Eve when I was strolling up towards that end of the city to meet Mr A for lunch, when I was suddenly stopped in my tracks by the darn Melbourne Cup parade *shakes fists*. Frustratingly, I had to weave through the throng of people and walk all the way down to the Yarra river before getting back on track. We debated over where to eat and having eaten at Cumulus Inc. more than enough times, we settled comfortably into a table at Virginia Plains.

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