Vietnamese fusion hits the CBD with Uncle Collins Street

There’s a new staircase to head on up at the top of Collins street beside Mamasita. St Kilda favourite Uncle now has a CBD location bringing its take on modern Vietnamese to the Paris end of town.  I was invited to the launch party but will be returning for well priced, vibrant food at a

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David Thompson comes to Melbourne: Long Chim

It’s the opening I’ve been waiting years for. Finally David Thompson has come to Melbourne with a branch of Long Chim at Crown. I was invited to the dazzling opening party but also headed back the next week to check out the full menu myself with my friend Claire. Long Chim is located along the

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Hello to the all new Stokehouse

Like many Melbournians I have happy memories of the “old” Stokehouse before it burnt down.  I feel somewhat affectionate towards the old white weatherboard building and in particular remember with fondness one very long boozy lunch there which lasted almost until night time.   So I was keen to check out the rebuilt Stokehouse even

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Gourmet Bargain: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

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

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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The new 7000 by Pure South Dining

Tasmania has been having a moment for a while now.  All that clean air and fresh and fabulous produce is a great lure for foodies but two people who were onto Tassie well before the rest of us are Peter Leary and Philip Kennedy, the owners of Pure South Dining restaurant in Southbank. Pure South

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Ruyi puts the glam into Chinese

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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