Return of the roast chicken: Philippe Restaurant

That chicken at Phillippe.

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

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The new 7000 by Pure South Dining

Bar snacks Pure South style

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

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Ruyi puts the glam into Chinese

Lettuce cups at Ruyi

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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Not so friendly at Fatto Bar and Cantina

Arancini at Fatto

A child unfriendly restaurant could be a positive thing. If you don’t have children or want to escape your own children and other people’s for a night a restaurant which positively discourages kids could only be a good thing.  But if you do want to bring your baby or child along to eat out with

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Constructive criticism and salumi at Ombra

Ombra

I’m useless at complaining in restaurants.  I find it much less confrontational to pretend everything was fine and then go home and and write about any shortcomings on here.  I know restaurant owners and chefs always say they would prefer to hear any negative feedback while you are actually at the restaurant but I can’t

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Trocadero

Trocadero

Note: Trocadero has now closed.  For restaurants in the Arts Centre see Fatto and Sake.    I’m going to start at the end when I’m writing about Trocadero.  I know it’s a little backwards of me but the desserts are really so brilliant at this new brasserie style restaurant that they deserve top billing.  Whatever

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