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
I hate to even think about the amount of money that I spend on food. It’s a miracle I managed to buy a home with all the smashed avocado I’ve consumed at cafes along the way. But eating out doesn’t have to be expensive and some of my favourite places to eat at in Melbourne
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
It should be illegal to go to Son In Law in Collingwood and not order the son in law eggs. After all this is the signature dish of the restaurant and what it’s named after. But importantly, Son in Law does a cracking take on son in law eggs. Son in law eggs are a
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.
Posh kebabs are officially a thing. First there was George Calombaris’ Jimmy Grants and now just down the road in Smith Street Shane Delia has opened Biggie Smalls. I was invited along to the launch party last night. The name Biggie Smalls is a hip hop reference but it could also refer to the size
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
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.