Why you should go to Hotel Jesus

Corn with black mayo at Hotel Jesus

Once travelling in Mexico Meat-and-Three-Veg lost his camera.  He went to buy a new one and the sales assistant at the camera shop wore a badge bearing his name “Jesus”.  Pronounced hey-zus the name is as common in Mexico as it’s rare here. Meat-and-Three-Veg bought the first camera Jesus suggested “I had to” he said

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Beating the election blues at Bedford Street

It's a monster of a sandwich

After the depressing US election results a little comfort eating was in order.  New opening Bedford Street in Collingwood fits the bill with the deep fryer on high rotation along with some classic US dishes. The restaurant on the corner of Bedford and Johnson street has a prime corner position with big windows letting in

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Gourmet Bargain: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

Brisket with house made pickles at Pickett's Deli

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

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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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Showing off Melbourne at Saint Crispin

Eel croquettes at Saint Crispin

It’s interesting seeing your home city through an outsiders perspective.  The lovely Niamh, a friend from London and author of Eat Like a Girl, was in Melbourne last week for a press trip and the pressure was on to find the perfect spot for a dinner catch up.  I settled on Saint Crispin in Smith

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Constructive criticism and salumi at 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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Going Ga Ga over Gazi

Turkish delight at Gazi

George Calombaris is a clever man.  He’s jumped on board the move to more casual dining by reinventing Press Club (I wasn’t a fan) as the fun and fiesty Gazi serving up Greek food street style.  The menu has simple dips and breads and souvas with chips in them just like you get in Greece.  Plus

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