I hate to use the C word in November but Christmas is coming upon us fast. It’s a crazy time of year with so many catch ups on. Whether through sheer bossiness or my inherent control freak I usually find myself somehow coordinating a few of these occasions. This leads to my annual search for
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
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.
Many of Melbourne’s best Chinese restaurants aren’t very glamorous, but Ruyi goes against the grain. In an alleyway just of Chinatown, there’s not a formica table in sight at this moodily lit restaurant with its Hecker Guthrie designed blonde wood interior highlighted with vintage tiles and custom made stone tableware. I went there with
I’m a North of the river girl but it doesn’t take much to get me to cross to the South side, particularly the promise of an amazing brunch. I had heard a few good things about newly opened Sth Central in South Yarra, particularly from MTV who had a great dinner there recently, so was
It’s all happening in Richmond at the moment with the area shaping up to be a real culinary hot spot. One of the fairly recent new openings which has been overlooked is Academy Bar & Kitchen on Bridge Road. It’s run by chef and owner Will Manning with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced
Not all lamb is created equally. To really experience this I was invited to attend a special dinner to try out Three Rivers Saltbush Lamb from the Echuca region along the Murray. This lamb is raised on a single property and the lamb grazes on native saltbush, long the “seasoning” in indigenous Australians diet.
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