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
It’s not all just cocktails and dance floor action at The Emerson. This month Chandon is taking over The Emerson’s rooftop for “Chandon in the City” and I got invited along for a sneak preview of what’s on offer. There’s fabulous Chandon sparkling and wines along with a menu based on that served at Domaine
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
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
They had me at two words: Cocktail Degustation. It’s a regular thing at Fall From Grace, the glamorous cocktail bar underneath Collins street bar and restaurant State of Grace, and I was invited to try it out.