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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 […]

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.

MoPho Noodle

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Quality noodles worth crossing the Yarra for.

Circa The Prince

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

On the 25th April 2010 we treated ourselves to lunch at Circa The Prince in St Kilda to celebrate JB’s birthday.  I haven’t written the full post yet, I was lucky enough to  have the opportunity to ask Chef Matt Wilkinson for the recipe for one of the dishes we ate that day, Chestnut soup. […]

Supermaxi – a further slice or two

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It’s been a few months now since Rita Micali’s new venture, Supermaxi, opened it’s doors.  I’ve been back a few times now, so lets have a look beyond first impressions. I’ve dined alone at the bar, with a friend a couple of times and with a group including children.

Review: Parwana and Urban Bistro – Adelaide

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Adelaide – Flying Visit Guest reviewer (JB maybe?) made a flying visit to watch Cadel, Lance, Robbie, Stuie etc. (that would be the Tour DownUnder – ed) After a day chasing the peleton refuelling was a priority. PARWANA – Afghan Restaurant – 124b Henley Beach Road Torrensville 08 8443 9001 Wikipedia advises that Parwana is […]

Coffee in the time of heat (or Seven Seeds Part 3)

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

On my way to the Vic Markets this morning I was in dire need of a coffee. This hot weather has made it hard for me to keep my caffeine intake at the required level. Yesterday I grabbed an affogato from Cavallini on Queens Parade. I was too late for a “Toby Coffee”, but I […]

Attica: an experience

Monday, June 29th, 2009

On birthdays and special occasions we’ll often try to get to a “name” restaurant. We both like “dining out” and it gives us a chance to justify the “hang the expense” dining experience (and I get to overuse quotation marks). I suspect that habit will now change, and we will make Attica our destination of […]

Seven Seeds Update

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

We popped in to Seven Seeds again this morning as promised. It is between my place and JB’s so we do drive past it fairly regularly. Coffee was much better today – delicious in fact, and they has keen beavers chatting to folk as they came in the door, much improved. But 10 mins for […]

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 […]