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Review: Sezar Restaurant

Review: Sezar Restaurant

I first dined at Sezar on my birthday last December. I had heard of this new Armenian restaurant which had taken over the location of the Canary Club on Melbourne Place. It ticked all my boxes – hidden down a Melbourne laneway, tapas style allowing me to try multiple dishes and a cuisine I hadn’t...
Review: The Emerson

Review: The Emerson

  The summer holidays are over, at least for most of us anyway. Reluctantly, we have swapped our bathers and cocktails for suits and ties. However, while the 9-to-5 routine may have reinstated itself, the warm weather is still here and Melbournians are still in party mode; drinks after work any night of the week!...
The Last Jar

The Last Jar

(The bar at The Last Jar – image credit, Eugene Hyland) (Starter – Smoked Mackerel Pate with house baked Soda Bread) ‘Twas a wint’ry Melbourne eve… perfect conditions to have accepted an invitation to visit The Last Jar in North Melbourne. Formerly the live music venue The Arthouse, new owners Siobhan Dooley and head chef Tim...
duNORD

duNORD

(Image credit – Tess Williams)   The words ‘Scandinavia’ and ‘Nordic’ immediately bring to mind a number of things: Ikea; royal families (including our very own Princess Mary); bicycle-friendly cities; and advanced education systems to name just a few. However, I’ll be honest, food traditionally hasn’t made this list. duNORD Kitchen & Bar definitely challenges...
Event: Hophaus Opening

Event: Hophaus Opening

(Hophaus entrance in the mid level of Southgate)   On arrival at this event we weren’t surprised to see Hophaus staff with trays of drinks waiting to greet us at the door but what was a bit unexpected was the choice of welcome drink – Jagermeister shots or Apple Schnapps!  Ten points for theming!  That...
Ribs and Burgers

Ribs and Burgers

  Wow. Rib and Burger lovers I am going to say that this place is up there. A friend of mine kept raving about their Northcote restaurant, and apart from that the name (Ribs and Burgers) sounded like it had some meat to it (pardon the pun).     Not too long after these praises...
Event: Rue and Co

Event: Rue and Co

You know you’re in good food company when it’s the first freezing cold night of winter, you’re invited to an event that’s outdoors and its a roaring success. That’s what happened the night that Rue and Co opened its doors – well actually food truck style “windows”. Rue and Co is Melbourne’s latest pop-up and...
Event: Paul Louis launch at Kong BBQ

Event: Paul Louis launch at Kong BBQ

How often does one get the opportunity to go to the launch of genuine French bubbles? Not very! Hence, we were delighted to receive an invitation to the launch of Paul Louis sparkling. Just as exciting was the chance to preview the new restaurant Kong BBQ, which played host to this auspicious event.    ...
Joe's Bar and Dining Hall - Taste of the South Festival preview

Joe’s Bar and Dining Hall – Taste of the South Festival preview

(The Scallop Ceviche at Joe’s Bar and Dining Hall for the Taste of the South food festival) Last week we were lucky to be invited to a special soiree – Joe’s Bar in St Kilda’s Taste of the South food festival preview. We drank some fresh and fruity bourbon loaded cocktails, and feasted on Scallop...
Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina

(Gelato Messina’s new Fitzroy store in Melbourne) Established in Sydney in 2002, Gelato Messina is an institution Australia wide. 11 years later they decided to call Melbourne their second home – all we ask is what took them so long? Is it worth a trip to Messina? For sweet tooths and gelato lovers it is...
Sauced Pasta Bar

Sauced Pasta Bar

The Chapel Street landscape has changed dramatically in the last five or so years, with furniture shops reopening as cafés, op shops relaunching as Mexican restaurants, and the most recent addition a hair salon turning into a pasta bar. We can all agree that in Melbourne food reigns, much more than blow waves, couches or...
Review: I Carusi Pizza

Review: I Carusi Pizza

(Simplicity and flavour in its most elegant form, the Carusi II Margherita pizza)   I Carusi II in St Kilda, happens to be in our top 10 favourite pizza restaurants in Melbourne. Given that most of their staff are native Italians, you can be sure you are getting an authentic pizza. However, the most important way...