Return of the roast chicken: Philippe Restaurant

That chicken at Phillippe.

He’s back! Melbourne had mourned the absence of legendary French chef Philippe Mouchel after the closure of PM24 but now he has returned to the city with his own restaurant.  In Melbourne at least Philippe Mouchel is in the Madonna category of only needing the one name, his new restaurant is simply called “Philippe”. Located

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Let them eat croissants! Gontran Cherrier Boulangerie

Pain au chocolat at Gontran Cherrier

It’s on! Lune Croissants, crowned by the New York Times as having “the world’s best croissant” has a new competitor and from Paris itself. Superstar baker Gontran Cherrier has opened his first Australian store in Collingwood and it’s seriously slick. The warehouse like space has moody grey walls and polished concrete floors which put the

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Entrecote serves up steak frites Parisan style

Entrecote's steak with its own version of pepper sauce

To say I was slightly excited about Entrecote opening in South Yarra is an understatement.  You see Entrecote is “inspired” by legendary restaurant chain Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris.  A meal at Le Relais is one of those must do Paris experiences.  Around since 1959 the waitresses at Le Relais are kitted out in black

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Lunching ladies at The Stables of Como

Spanner crab risotto at Stables of Como

Confession time.  I’d never actually been to Como House before this week.  I must have driven past its high walls a million times, stuck in traffic on Punt Road.  I even spent a good few Saturdays at Como park, just below Como House, watching Meat-and-Three-Veg play football back in the day.  But I’d never actually

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Brooks of Melbourne


Ignoring the increasingly casual dining scene in Melbourne and the city’s penchant for no bookings Nicholas Poelaert has opened a proper, old school restaurant complete with white linen tablecloths.  Brooks is located in the heart of the city in the glamorous basement restaurant which once housed Greg Malouf’s MoMo and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.   Chicken parfait

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