Hello to Holla Food and Drink

Inside Holla

From coffee in the morning to cocktails at night – newly opened Holla is looking to bridge the divide between cafe, restaurant and bar.   The converted warehouse space still has an industrial feel to it with exposed piping and an unfinished ceiling but a simple geometric mural and lots of greenery spruce things up.

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Five top new places to eat in Richmond the ‘Switzerland’ of Melbourne


As soon as I move out of Richmond it goes and becomes a foodie hub! Typical.  I wrote this for The Guardian about how Melbourne’s “Switzerland” suburb (it’s neutral territory for north and south) is having a moment.  Richmond, the former centre of Melbourne’s rag trade, filled with old warehouses and tiny workers cottages, wasn’t

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Grand Masters at The Grand Hotel Richmond

Tuna tartare at The Grand

Celebrity chefs are so 2014.  What about the unsung hero of restaurants: the service staff? A few weeks ago I was invited to a special dinner at The Grand in Richmond celebrating three of The Grand’s waiting team.  Long serving staff members Branco Cokesa, Alex Almatrah and Peter Watt have worked in hospitality for over 40

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Trying to get happy at Serotonin

"Positive pancakes" at Seratonin

Serotonin is a chemical created by the human body and regarded by some researchers as responsible for maintaining mood balance. It’s also the name of new Richmond cafe with the slogan “eatery, exercise, education”.  As you may have guessed, this is a cafe with a purpose, namely to be “the world’s leading happiness educational institution”.

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