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
It’s the holy grail of anyone who is a parent. Somewhere cool to eat, drink, socialise and also bring your rug rats along. Which is why Stomping Ground opening up in Collingwood is pretty much the most exciting thing to happen in Melbourne all year. Located in a series of converted warehouses in Collingwood’s back
So French is so hip in Melbourne at the moment. Hot on the heels of the opening of Philippe comes Oter. Occupying the basement space off Flinders lane that used to house Yu.u the restaurant is darker, moodier and (I hate to say it) sexier. I went there with Meat-and-Three-Veg for a date night and
I’m no wine expert but I know what I like and I’m certainly an enthusiastic learner. After first really discovering Durif on my recent weekend in Rutherglen I jumped at an invitation to expand on my newfound knowledge at a lunch at Estelle Bistro hosted by the Winemakers of Rutherglen focused on all things Durif.
There’s a little bit of the country in Camberwell thanks to the opening of Juno and May. I was invited to go and check out the all day restaurant on busy Burke road. Chef and owner Henry Honner named Juno and May after the two cows he had as a child growing up on a
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
Tasmania has been having a moment for a while now. All that clean air and fresh and fabulous produce is a great lure for foodies but two people who were onto Tassie well before the rest of us are Peter Leary and Philip Kennedy, the owners of Pure South Dining restaurant in Southbank. Pure South
If you’re like me, you’ve probably walked past the building hundreds of time and haven’t paid it any attention. When I heard the newest cafe from the team behind Top Paddock and Kettle Black was opening in a converted power station right near Southern Cross Station, I just couldn’t picture where it could be. Sometimes
From coffee in the morning to cocktails at night – newly opened Holla is looking to bridge the divide between cafe, restaurant and bar. The converted warehouse space still has an industrial feel to it with exposed piping and an unfinished ceiling but a simple geometric mural and lots of greenery spruce things up.