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


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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Congee cravings at Lawyers, Guns and Money


As an ex lawyer it’s hard to resist a restaurant called Lawyers, Guns and Money.  It’s a great name and given the location right next to Melbourne’s legal heartland the moniker is proof of savvy marketing as well. Lawyers, Guns and Money is the newest offering from Victor Liong of Lee Ho Fook.    It’s

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