Scandi style at SMAK Food House

Silverbeet and leek pancakes with Kombucha

Scandinavian style is huge in Melbourne cafe interiors at the moment so it’s good to see Scandi influences flowing through to cafe menus as well.  SMAK House food has the Scandi interior nailed: it’s all Nordic whites and greys. Polished concrete is juxtaposed with white wire seating, timber finishes and hanging greenery.  Think calm and

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Sensational Sth Central

Breakfast gnocchi at South Central

I’m a North of the river girl but it doesn’t take much to get me to cross to the South side, particularly the promise of an amazing brunch.  I had heard a few good things about newly opened Sth Central in South Yarra, particularly from MTV who had a great dinner there recently, so was

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Entrecote serves up steak frites Parisan style

Entrecote's steak with its own version of pepper sauce

To say I was slightly excited about Entrecote opening in South Yarra is an understatement.  You see Entrecote is “inspired” by legendary restaurant chain Le Relais de l’Entrecote in Paris.  A meal at Le Relais is one of those must do Paris experiences.  Around since 1959 the waitresses at Le Relais are kitted out in black

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Shannon Bennett’s latest opening: Jardin Tan

Wagyu mince in betel leaves at Jardin Tan

If I work up the motivation to walk or jog around Melbourne’s Tan I usually like to reward myself with lunch or at least a coffee.  Up until recently the options were fairly limited but now wunder chef Shannon Bennett has taken over what used to be The Observatory cafe and transformed it into Jardin

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Lunching ladies at The Stables of Como

Spanner crab risotto at Stables of Como

Confession time.  I’d never actually been to Como House before this week.  I must have driven past its high walls a million times, stuck in traffic on Punt Road.  I even spent a good few Saturdays at Como park, just below Como House, watching Meat-and-Three-Veg play football back in the day.  But I’d never actually

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