Gourmet Bargain: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

Brisket with house made pickles at Pickett's Deli

Imagine the equivalent of a lolly shop but for grownups.  Dark black shelving makes the colours of the jars of preserved lemons, bottles of wine and packets of arborio rice pop.  There’s a rotisserie turning slowly behind a high counter with bronzed chickens wafting their aroma around the store mingling with the smell of Dukes

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Cheap eats at Tahina

Red shakshuka at Tahina

I do love some Middle Eastern food.  After all I’m officially Ottolenghi obsessed and my perfect breakfast is a serve of Shakshuka. So Tahina’s opening in Northcote is kind of a big deal for me. Tahina serves up Israeli street food created by Tel Aviv born chef Roy Sassonkin. This is no fine dining establishment.

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Crompton Coffee for posh toast and caffeine

Pea puree with bruleed egg at Crompton Coffee

Toast is officially a thing.  Sure anyone can cook toast but toast has now reached next level with a Posh Toast cook book and Melbourne’s own toast cafe.   Crompton Coffee is down the far end of Victoria street where the Vietnam restaurants are no longer and it’s more industrial.  It’s a cute little cafe

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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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