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
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
I made the pilgrimage to Hong Kong a few years ago to eat at Tim Ho Wan. It’s the world’s cheapest Michelin Star restaurant and the home of dumplings and pork buns so good they have a cult following. So I certainly wasn’t put off by reports of long queues for Tim
I love how this little corner of the internet allows me to meet some really interesting people, the latest being Alice Agnelli, the creator of Italian food blog A Gipsy In the Kitchen. Sadly her blog is written in Italian but a peek at the photos shows it’s worth switching Google Translate on. We caught
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
The much anticipated Shandong MaMa Mini has finally opened its rollershutter in Centre place (the laneway that connects to DeGraves street). The original Shandong MaMa is not exactly cavernous but Shandong MaMa Mini is really teeny tiny as the name suggests.
One of the most eagerly anticipated restaurant openings in Melbourne recently has to be Lee Ho Fook on Smith Street. Le Ho Fook is hot, hot, hot because it’s brought to you by the Movida and Pei Modern team and headed by chef Victor Liong from the ridiculously popular Mr Wong in Sydney.
I’ll go anywhere in search of a good dumpling. Even Glenferrie road in Hawthorn, a strip I haven’t been back to since I used to go to Toss the Boss at Cheers (don’t ask). Now legendary Box Hill dumpling house, Dumpling King, has opened up on Glenferrie road there’s reason to visit.
Michelin guide inspectors may not have made it to Australian shores yet but Crown has brought in a two star Michelin chef to head up the kitchen at Silks. Chef Tsang Chiu King gained his two stars at Ming Court in Hong Kong and is now installed with several of his kitchen staff at Crown’s