I’m not usually a fan of pop up restaurants and cafes. I think it’s a tag that’s overused and tend to avoid pop ups in favour of established venues. But I couldn’t help myself when I heard about Chotto on Smith Street. It’s a fine dining Japanese cafe from ex Golden fields Brendan Liew and
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
I knew that I was married to the right person (or perhaps that I had become a little bit too predictable) when Mr MTV told me he had booked dinner at Kappo for our wedding anniversary this year. You see I had also booked dinner at Kappo for our wedding anniversary. It was a little
You may not be surprised to hear Andrew McConnell’s new restaurant is super kawaii. Lofty ceilings, tall glass windows and polished concrete floors give the space on Flinders Lane an industrial feel but tiny cloud lamps and natural timber benches lighten the mood.
“Still or sparkling?” is the standard question at restaurants when you sit down. But at Saké underneath Melbourne’s Arts Centre the question is “Wine or saké?”. This is one Japanese restaurant which prides itself in getting diners to try its namesake drink.
Melbourne is hard to keep up with sometimes. There’s always new restaurants opening and closing and there has been a rash of them lately. I’ve been invited along to a few of the newest places and have also gone under my own steam to check some out. So here’s my take on three of them:
I’ve wanted to go to Nobu for quite a while but the price has always been a bit of a barrier. So I was quick to jump on board the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s Express Lunch deal at Nobu to try out the restaurant for a bargain $40 for two courses with a glass
One of my regular city lunch spots is Purple Peanuts at the bottom end of Collins street. The food is great plus it’s cheap. The cafe is a little bit quirky with the menus handwritten on pieces of brown paper hanging from the wall and a collection of Japanese toys and lollies. Miso soup at
It’s a little embarassing to admit that it took me ages to find Izakaya Den. Hey, I was overseas when it opened and I missed all the hype (and directions). I knew generally where it was but MTV and I kept on walking past the discreet door which leads down a set of stairs to