Showing off Melbourne 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

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

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

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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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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Three best places for Vietnamese street food in Melbourne

The sort of food you buy on the side of the street in Vietnam and eat sitting perched on tiny plastic stools is pretty popular in Melbourne right now.  I’m not talking about your traditional Vietnamese restaurants along Victoria street in Richmond or out in little Saigon in Footscray, but instead the new wave of

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