Ruyi puts the glam into Chinese

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

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Sensational Sth Central

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

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Three Rivers Saltbush Lamb at Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel

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.  

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Party out the back and indulge up front at Lady Carolina

Like that 80’s classic the mullet hairstyle, Lady Carolina in Brunswick is all serious up front and party out the back.  You enter a breezy, large room with lots of polished timber and almost a beach house feel. Keep wandering through to the outside courtyard and you hit the bar area with synthetic grass and

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The new look Lamaro’s Bodega

Longstanding South Melbourne pub Lamaro’s has been given a Spanish makeover and is now Lamaro’s Bodega.  The new emphasis on produce and pork in particular here is evident as soon as you walk in the door past the red neon pig sign and the charcuterie cabinet.  Inside the pub is all polished dark timber with

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