Hello to Holla Food and Drink

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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Crompton Coffee for posh toast and caffeine

Toast is officially a thing.  Sure anyone can cook toast but toast has now reached next level with a Posh Toast cook book and Melbourne’s own toast cafe.   Crompton Coffee is down the far end of Victoria street where the Vietnam restaurants are no longer and it’s more industrial.  It’s a cute little cafe

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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

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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