22 Feb
2015

It’s been a month since our return to Melbourne Australia. Hibernation and recuperation has been a big factor and it was only a few Fridays ago where we enjoyed our favourite meal since we’ve been back. Feast of Merit is an initiative from ygap that takes inspiration from seasonal and locally sourced produce with a Middle Eastern twist. The former cafe interiors have been stripped off and the raw bones and exposed bricks left us all feeling like after a detox, bright and happy.

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28 Dec
2014

             The Lui Bar at Melbourne’s prime real estate in the skies is luxe, elegant and provides superior views of Melbourne’s skyline. Since opening in 2011, it has been at the top of my “to-go” list, although I find the location right smack bang in the middle of the city a bit awkward seeing as I drive to the city these days, and popping in for a quick drink isn’t really possible with the pain in the ass parking. You will need to consult the concierge at the ground floor just before the elevators and our arrival mid-afternoon proved that we had arrived just in time, snagging the last window view seat.

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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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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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16 Feb
2014

Nieuw Amsterdam

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I’ve always had a poor sense of direction so distinguishing between Hardware Lane and Hardware Street left us aimlessly wandering along the wrong lane. Later, we finally found Nieuw Amsterdam settled nicely next to Hardware Societe (which coincidentally, is due to reopen next week). Nieuw Amsterdam has risen and completely transformed a former Irish pub into a sleek and underground bar and eatery. Upon entering, we were given an option to descend the stairs to the bar to wet our whistles with a couple of drinks while waiting for the rest of our party, however laziness got the better of me and we were promptly settled into our table.

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19 Jan
2014

The smell hits you as soon as you walk in – pungent, intense, nutty all in one hit. Our friends are seated at the communal table down the back but we can’t help lingering by the display windows filled with copious and seemingly never-ending wheels and wedges of cheese hailing from all over the world. Mmm… cheese.

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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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15 Sep
2013

Souvlakis are a staple food for any night involving a lot of alcohol; nothing better than an inordinate amount of bad-breath inducing garlic and tangy chilli sauce slathered throughout a mishmash of greasy meat and limp lettuce. In the inebriated state of mind, it is remarkably good and although you may be left feeling queasy with all that greasy fare sitting on a bubble of alcohol, you can’t help but crave another souvlaki when the onset of another big night occurs.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jimmy Grants in Collingwood brings a marginally more refined version, albeit in a very casual and funky setting, featuring their soft, pillowy pita bread with a variety of fillings and, my favourite addition of all, crispy chips. I had the pleasure of having a few of these wonderful souvlakis a few years ago – the “Hellenic Republic” open lamb souvlaki which featured at the Taste of Melbourne festival in The Press Club’s stand. Ever since then, my heart has been set on that souvlaki I had many years ago.

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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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