Vietnamese fusion hits the CBD with Uncle Collins Street

There’s a new staircase to head on up at the top of Collins street beside Mamasita. St Kilda favourite Uncle now has a CBD location bringing its take on modern Vietnamese to the Paris end of town.  I was invited to the launch party but will be returning for well priced, vibrant food at a

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David Thompson comes to Melbourne: Long Chim

It’s the opening I’ve been waiting years for. Finally David Thompson has come to Melbourne with a branch of Long Chim at Crown. I was invited to the dazzling opening party but also headed back the next week to check out the full menu myself with my friend Claire. Long Chim is located along the

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Hello to the all new Stokehouse

Like many Melbournians I have happy memories of the “old” Stokehouse before it burnt down.  I feel somewhat affectionate towards the old white weatherboard building and in particular remember with fondness one very long boozy lunch there which lasted almost until night time.   So I was keen to check out the rebuilt Stokehouse even

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A very Danish steakhouse: A Hereford Beefstouw

You might not immediately think of the Danes when you think of steak but the opening of A Hereford Beefstouw in the CBD is set to change that. This steakhouse has achieved great success in Denmark serving up Australian beef and now is attempting to actually sell the ice to the eskimos by opening up

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Why you should go to Hotel Jesus

Once travelling in Mexico Meat-and-Three-Veg lost his camera.  He went to buy a new one and the sales assistant at the camera shop wore a badge bearing his name “Jesus”.  Pronounced hey-zus the name is as common in Mexico as it’s rare here. Meat-and-Three-Veg bought the first camera Jesus suggested “I had to” he said

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Beating the election blues at Bedford Street

After the depressing US election results a little comfort eating was in order.  New opening Bedford Street in Collingwood fits the bill with the deep fryer on high rotation along with some classic US dishes. The restaurant on the corner of Bedford and Johnson street has a prime corner position with big windows letting in

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Gourmet Bargain: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

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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