Food – Penta

28 Riddell Parade
Elsternwick Vic 3185

So my brunch date this week saw me making the trip across town to the very popular Penta in Elsternwick (sister cafe to Tinker Northcote, read about it here). Lured by hundreds of beautiful photos posted across my social media feeds, this is one meal that I was looking forward to all week. Before we even arrived I knew exactly what I was going to order. After seeing hundreds of pictures of their now iconic Nutella Pannacotta that had me drooling at first glance, there was no way I was going all that way without sampling it for myself. Continue reading

Food – Tinker

235 High Street
Northcote Vic 3070

It’s not hard to miss Tinker when driving down High Street in Northcote, just look for the big group of people huddled around the door eagerly awaiting a table. Now I must admit, the very sight of all these people made me shudder. I loathe waiting for anything, let alone a table at a cafe in a town full of quality options. So as I approached my brunch dates (the lovely Olive Sundays and Happiness Is Food) and was told we’d be looking at an hour wait, a little something inside of me died. So in anticipation of a good feed we endured a 90 minute wait!
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Food – Punch Lane

43 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne Vic 3001

Like a punch in the face, Punch Lane definitely leaves its mark on you, but this is one you’ll be happy to relive time and time again. Located in the theater district of Little Bourke Street, this highly regarded wine bar and restaurant is easily one of my top ten Melbourne dining experiences (it’s probably more like top five, but you get the gist). The dark and moody space oozes class and style, without any of the associated arrogance you often find in similar caliber establishments. Continue reading

Food – Naked in the Sky

285 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065

It’s ok, I promise Naked in the Sky isn’t the name of a seedy XXX bar and yes, all visitors are required to wear clothes, (although based on a recent visit, some do wear less than others). What it is, is a really impressive roof top bar, only accessible by one small lift located in the back of Naked for Satan’s Brunswick Street restaurant. It’s quite a funny sight when entering the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon to see most of the tables empty, but this huge queue of people waiting to catch the lift upstairs. Once you’re transported up a few levels and you enter the Spanish inspired bar with its million dollar views of the city, it’s easy to see why so many people are drawn here time and time again. Continue reading

Food – Wings of Glory

253 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne Vic 3205

It’s fair to say the Melbourne has something of a love affair with American food, be it burgers, tex mex or traditional southern BBQ. Inspired by a trip to the States, Steven Lo and Jennifer Vo decided it was time to add great quality American buffalo wings to that list and from this Wings of Glory was born. Located on busy Clarendon Street in South Melbourne, this relaxed eatery focuses on two things – wings and beer. Offering original wings, boneless wings and chicken wraps in a variety of seasons and marinades, plus a few delicious dipping sauces on the side.

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Food – No.19

214 Union Road
Ascot Vale Vic 3032

Judging by the number of people brunching, plus those waiting for a table, I’d say the locals in Ascot Vale have welcomed No.19 to the neighbourhood with open arms. Brought to us by the team behind very successful Essendon eatery St Rose (read about it here) this beautiful cafe sits on Union Road, an area with much potential to grow into a real foodie hub equivalent to those seen in the inner eastern suburbs. Did I mention that it’s beautiful? The white space is quite minimal, but high end textures give it a rather luxurious feel. Fit out with marble counters, royal blue velvet bench seats and gold fittings, this space is completely different to everything else in the area adding to its appeal. Continue reading

Food – Queen of the South

201 High Street
Prahran Vic 3181

If I’m being really honest, it’s been a long time since I’ve had good Mexican food. I’m impartial to the odd fajita or taco but unfortunately I’ve always found it to be a bit hit or miss. Queen of the South however has reignited my love affair with Mexican. Recently opening its doors to dinners in Prahran, yes it’s Mexican, but not in the traditional sense. There isn’t an enchilada or burrito in sight. Instead you’ll find an array of modern flavour packed dishes, that cleverly combine traditional ingredients to create food that challenges our long-held views of what Mexican is. Continue reading