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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Much birthday love at Estelle Bar & Kitchen

Octopus and beetroot at Estelle Bar and Kitchen

Note: Estelle Bar & Kitchen is now Estelle by Scott Pickett and the more casual Estelle Bistro. Meat-and-Three-Veg outdid himself for my birthday this year.  Of course this didn’t happen by accident.  Some rather unsubtle hints meant I received the perfect gift of these earrings.  But MTV came up with booking dinner in at Estelle Bar

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Getting carnivorous at Meat Mother

Beef Brisket at Meat Mother

Vegetarians beware – meat mother is a restaurant for serious carnivores.  If you’ve been to London recently you’ll recognise Meat Mother.  The fit out is very similar to Spuntino in Soho with a large central bar, exposed brick walls and low lighting in the form of single dangling lights.  The menu is pure Pitt Cue

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