Five levels of fun: Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya Restaurant


A Japanese restaurant complete with its own ski gondala? Welcome to Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya.  The three year refit of Fitzroy’s Old Colonial Inn is now complete and Ichi Ni Nana Izakaya is just one part of this quirky five storey venue on Brunswick Street. Up top there’s The Upside Rooftop bar.  Mr MTV and

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Rosa’s Canteen: The Italian Nonna you always wished for

Seafood pasta at Rosa's Kitchen

I always wished I had an Italian Nonna to feed me up with pasta and pinch my cheeks.  I think I’m well and truly past the age of adoption now so I console myself instead with regular visits to Rosa Mitchell’s restaurants.  Mitchell’s food is simple, hearty and always delicious.   She’s now expanded from

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Does Tipo 00 have the best pasta in Melbourne?

Pasta with mushrooms and wagyu bresaola at Tipo 00

“It’s the best pasta in Melbourne” said the young guy at the table next to me as he slurped down his spaghetti affumicati.  It’s a big call to make but Tipo 00 certainly seems to take its pasta seriously.  Even the name is a giveaway, referencing the finely milled Italian flour which makes the best

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Cocktail and dessert experiments at The Noble Experiment

Ceviche scallops at The Noble Experiment

The Noble Experiment is conducting its own little experiment on Smith Street as a bar/restaurant. It’s trying to do the slashie thing where it straddles both cocktails and food.  I was invited to try it out last week when the rain was pelting down and The Noble Experiment was a welcome refuge with its warm

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Going casual at Estelle Bistro

Banana and toffee soufflé

Farewell to the pink and blue tiles and goodbye to the degustation only menu.  Northcote’s much loved Estelle restaurant has been reinvented as the more casual Estelle Bistro.  The restaurant looks slicker with polished glass along the back of the bar and brass accents and moody lighting giving the front room an intimate feel.  

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