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Archive for the 'Restaurant / Bistro' Category

Review: Bar Nacional

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve been seriously considering not writing this post at all. If you follow me on twitter you’ll be well aware of my struggle to find decent food and coffee in Docklands when my work moved here 12 months ago. I asked, I scanned Epicure and Urbanspoon and watched […]

The Brix Cafe and Bistrot

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

  [flickr id=”6083866389″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”centre”] It doesn’t happen very often these days unfortunately, but the meal I had at The Brix last week was astounding. Keen eyes have been keeping an eye on the space behind Foxton’s Real Estate Agency at 412 Brunswick street for a while now. The planning permit was […]

Libertine Cider Battle – Victoria vs Normandy

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

  [flickr id=”5901178740″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] Autumn had just started to bite here in Melbourne, and it seemed like the perfect time to settle in and learn a lot more about cider, and eat some delicious food at Libertine in North Melbourne. Our hosts, Zoe and Nick, packed their restaurant with cider makers, […]

Chin Chin

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

If Chin Chin is trying to captivate me and seduce me into a long term relationship, it’s going about it the right way.

Review: Griff’s Wine Pub

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Where else can you order bottles of Parker 2003 Cabernet for $49 a bottle? Griff’s wine pub has been quietly feeding the faithful for almost two years under it’s latest guise (let’s all try to forget about the Purple Turtle shall we?). On the corner of Johnston and Napier streets in Fitzroy, it’s a stylish […]

Review: The Court House – North Melbourne

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

We’ve just started feeling the chill of winter, and the need for some heavier food. The Court House isn’t far away from us, and generally a tasty, easy-to-like, meal. I rarely feel like boring, pedestrian food (who does really?), but sometimes I do just want life to be a bit easier to deal with than […]

Saturday Night Schemozzle 31th May 2009

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

A lovely Saturday night had been planned, a laid back dinner with some new friends at Black Ruby and on to Geralds for scotch and dessert (not necessarily in that order). It was a pretty frosty when we headed out, and arrived in Rathdowne street to see our dinner guests standing out on the street…ah […]