3 Jun

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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7 Jun

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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2 Mar

Thomas Keller’s Per Se is a world class restaurant in New York City, a happy replacement for Ms L and myself, who weren’t able to spare the time to visit his other famed restaurant, French Laundry in the Napa Valley. My numerous attempts to secure a booking at Per Se was exhausting and disheartening to say the least. Waking up at 2am on consecutive nights and being greeted with a constant busy tone on the other side of the line was hard to accept. After a week of this nightly routine, I finally managed to get through, but with only one bar of battery left; I was sweating until finally I was taken off hold and our reservation details finalised. Hallelujah!! This made my visit to Per Se all the more sweeter.

26 Dec

                          I hope everyone had a great Christmas and snagged some bargains during the boxing day sales! I woke up bright and early and battled Chadstone’s parking (saw a few fights!!!) to get ZIP! Disappointing but now I know to just stay home and stick to online sales. Did you guys manage some good buys?

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29 Nov

                              There are certain places that are on the top of people’s list of places to eat at when they visit Melbourne and I think that The Hardware Sociéte would be high on that type of list. My last visit over a year ago for lunch did explain why it was so popular but having never visited for breakfast before, Ms L and I decided to check it out one gloriously sunny Saturday. I had parked on Lonsdale street and Ms L, having never visited before, looked down Hardware Lane and exclaimed at how quiet it was. I told her to turn around and look the other direction and we saw a crowd of people loitering in the distance. That, I said, is The Hardware Sociéte – and her face promptly fell.

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31 Oct

                          Located just off Collins street, down the Paris side of town, is a space that many will remember housing Jamie Oliver’s former restaurant Fifteen Melbourne and then after that, Tobie Puttock’s The Kitchen Cat. These tenants have come and gone and now Gerald Diffey and Mario Di lenno from Gerald’s Bar in Carlton North have taken over the space and managed to procure Chef Nic Poelaert (from Embrasse which has recently closed for business to the dismay of many, many people) to take control over the kitchen. It would seem like a dream team with such veterans handling all aspects of the restaurant, so I decided that a visit was in order.

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17 Aug

                                                In the Westgarth area of Northcote, Merricote sits seemingly quiet and unassuming and being only the second time to venture in this area, we thought this may be one of those restaurants that often get overlooked. However by 7:30pm, the restaurant is at full capacity and I can see many more people stopping to look at the menu outside. Merricote is a bistro style restaurant which was opened by wife and husband team, Rob and Browyn Kabboord, while Rob runs the kitchen behind the scenes, Browyn is the sommelier who takes charge front of house.

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2 Aug

                           I’ve only recently just come back from overseas and trying to get back into working mode. Melbourne makes it extremely hard with its cold weather and comparatively more expensive food. I can honestly say that I am missing Korean food like crazy and have already visited DonWoori to satiate my KBBQ cravings. Other than that, I am getting back into the groove of blogging. I caught up with my friend Ms J for lunch on Monday and I decided on Gill’s Diner as it’s very close to my work and I have been meaning to write up a blog review of this restaurant. It is tucked away off Little Collins Street next to Commercial Bakery and only recognised by the “Gill’s Diner” sign pointing up the alleyway. With a One Hat status in The Age Good Food Guide, the food is great – incorporating both French & Italian dishes in their menu. They do not have a physical menu as such, but all the dishes available that day are written up on blackboards around the restaurant.


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22 Apr

                           Chez Olivier is a warm and cosy bistro with the walls overfilled with empty vintage wine bottles. The French waiters spoke with French accents and had a hearty demeanour. It has always been on my list to visit but I never had the chance to dine here.

They brought out bread after our orders were placed. The bread was wonderfully crusty and so delicious with the butter.


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