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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Believe the Higher Ground Hype

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably walked past the building hundreds of time and haven’t paid it any attention. When I heard the newest cafe from the team behind Top Paddock and Kettle Black was opening in a converted power station right near Southern Cross Station, I just couldn’t picture where it could be. Sometimes

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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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