Taxi Kitchen gets a revamp

Cheaper and more casual is what diners want apparently.  That’s why PM24 in the city has closed to be replaced by Lucy Liu’s kitchen and bar and now Taxi Dining Room has been reinvented as Taxi Kitchen.  I was invited to visit to check out the changes.  The white tablecloths are out and more bar style seating is in but the glittering views over Federation square, Flinders street station and the Yarra remain.

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Posted by: on April 14th, 2014     No Comments »

Category: City, Date night, Dinner, Drinks, European, Meal With A View Tags: , ,
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Ferran Adria does Melbourne: 10 take-aways from his talk

Every year I lived in London I entered the ballot to eat at El Bulli.  The Spanish restaurant headed by Ferran Adria only opened for six months in the year and was so in demand that tables were allocated by ballot.  I tried every tactic from sending my application asking for a variety of specific dates and times for a booking to just requesting “anything you have”.  I used multiple email addresses and talked friends into applying on my behalf as well but with no luck.  I never did get a table at El Bulli. But there was some compensation when I received an invitation to hear Adria speak at The Essential Ingredient at an industry night attended by Melbourne’s top chefs.

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Posted by: on April 11th, 2014     4 Comments »

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Go North with Admiral Cheng-Ho

I’ve never actually made it to the much loved cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma.  I don’t have much of an excuse except for it being South of the river and I live North.  Which seems to be precisely the sort of lazy attitude the Monk Bodhi Dharma team has sought to take advantage of by opening up Northside, namely in Abbotsford at the very bottom end of Johnson street.

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Posted by: on April 7th, 2014     4 Comments »

Category: Abbotsford, Restaurants - Breakfast, Restaurants - Cafe Tags: , , , ,
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Coffee geeking at LB2

I’m loving all the coffee places popping up in Melbourne’s CBD at the moment.  One of the latest is LB2, the sibling to Little Bean Blue which is up the top end of town near Parliament.  

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Posted by: on April 4th, 2014     2 Comments »

Category: Cafe, City, Coffee Tags: , ,
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Gourmet Chick in Brisbane

I’m chuffed to let you know Gourmet Chick has been ranked as the number two Melbourne food blog in a new list put out of Ed Charles of Tomatom and Thang Ngo of Noodlies.  Thanks to everyone for reading, it’s very inspiring to know that these words are not just entirely disappearing in the internet! It made me think that Gourmet Chick is supposed to cover travel as well as food so I thought it was worthwhile sharing my recent trip to Brisbane.   A friend’s wedding was the perfect excuse to revisit the Sunshine State’s capital.  It is quite a few years since I was last in Brisbane and it’s certainly changed for the better.  Not so sleepy anymore I loved the laidback attitude of “Brisvegas” and the beautiful old Queenslander style houses proudly standing on their stilts.  Lots of my time was taken up in events for the wedding but I did manage to check out a few places which are worth mentioning on here.  I crowd sourced where to go on Twitter and Instagram and special thanks to Joyce from Mel: Hot or Not (a former Brisbanite) and Claire of Melbourne Gastronome for your tips.   

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Posted by: on April 1st, 2014     3 Comments »

Category: Travel - Australia Tags: ,
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