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Review: Akatombo

Review: Akatombo

NOTE: AKATOMBO HAS UNFORTUNATELY CLOSED DOWN AS OF 2017 AND HAS BEEN REPLACED BY ANOTHER JAPANESE RESTAURANT. The discovery of a good café or restaurant is generally placed into two categories for food lovers and food bloggers. Category one: tell friends, family and readership instantly, or category two: wanting to tell everyone, but just wanting...
Review: Pho24

Review: Pho24

         I’m the first to admit that I’m not a fan of franchises. I’m not sure when or why I developed this aversion but in my opinion franchises are the restaurant equivalent of soup in can (which has never seen the inside of my pantry!). So, if I’m brutally honest, I wouldn’t ever of my...
Review: Sake Restaurant

Review: Sake Restaurant

Japanese is easily top of my list when it comes to cuisines.  It’s the food I crave on many occasions – the freshness of sashimi, the variety of a bento box or the comfort of donburi.  But I also love the welcome that comes with entering Japanese restaurants.  The call of “IRASSHAIMASE” on arrival makes...
Function and Event Spaces Melbourne

Function and Event Spaces Melbourne

Function and Event Spaces Melbourne Planning a special event really starts with finding the right venue.  Like our Private and Group Dining Melbourne mini-guide, our Function and Event Spaces Melbourne mini-guide should helpfully give you a starting point when looking for a great spot for a birthday, work party, special event and even weddings.  ...
Private and Group Dining in Melbourne

Private and Group Dining in Melbourne

I’ve had many requests over the years for recommendations on private dining rooms, as well as restaurants that allow bookings for larger groups, so I thought it was about time to put together a list of where I often recommend to people; hence I present to you a mini version of Private and Group Dining...
Le Jolie Cafe

Le Jolie Cafe

  We here at Decisive Cravings have been long time lovers and supporters of Waffle Jolie, so you can only imagine our delight when we found out they were opening their own bricks and mortar venture, Le Jolie Cafe. Now we can buy those coveted Sunday market treats nearly every day of the week! Hoorah!  ...
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...
Hammer and Tong

Hammer and Tong

To be honest, I would suggest that before reading any further you just glance at Hammer and Tong’s menu here. Now come back and email me here if the menu alone did not excite you or inspire you to visit. To date, Hammer and Tong remains one of the most impressive Melbourne brunch spots (and if...
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: Mua Dong at Ba'get

Event: Mua Dong at Ba’get

(Ba’get Bahn Mi – Image by Amy Martin)   When someone says Vietnamese food, what’s the first thought that comes to mind?? Pho or Bahn Mi would surely be top of the list. What about Spicy Beef Stew?  Didn’t think so! That’s exactly what our host Duy Huynh created for us at his restaurant Ba’get this week....
Combi Coffee

Combi Coffee

(The Combi Coffee Laneway)   The grand people from Combi Coffee have relocated…just down the road (in case you hadn’t seen the herds of people oozing out of the place). I was a big fan of their coffee and there was definitely a period there where I would make any excuse to ‘have’ to swing...