Ruyi puts the glam into Chinese

Lettuce cups at Ruyi

Many of Melbourne’s best Chinese restaurants aren’t very glamorous, but Ruyi goes against the grain.  In an alleyway just of Chinatown, there’s not a formica table in sight at this moodily lit restaurant with its Hecker Guthrie designed blonde wood interior highlighted with vintage tiles and custom made stone tableware.   I went there with

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Congee cravings at Lawyers, Guns and Money

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As an ex lawyer it’s hard to resist a restaurant called Lawyers, Guns and Money.  It’s a great name and given the location right next to Melbourne’s legal heartland the moniker is proof of savvy marketing as well. Lawyers, Guns and Money is the newest offering from Victor Liong of Lee Ho Fook.    It’s

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Melbourne’s dumpling dominance complete with Din Tai Fung

Surgeons at work? No dumpling making at Din Tai Fung

Melbourne has always played a strong dumpling game.  I have much love for Shan Dong Ma Ma and of course Hutong.  But I do feel Melbourne’s dumpling dominance is now complete with the arrival of iconic Taiwanese chain Ding Tai Fung. I first tried Ding Tai Fung’s dumplings a few years ago in Singapore and

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