604 Barkley Street
West Footscray Vic 3012
My past experiences with Indian cuisine started and ended with Butter Chicken and Naan, however my repertoire was recently updated post a visit to Dosa Hut. Specialising in South India street food like Dosa and Biryani, there is nothing flashy about Dosa Hut. It’s a paper cups and cutlery in the middle of the table kinda place, but don’t be fooled into believing that the lack of fancy trimmings, somehow represents a mediocre foodie experience. Quite the contrary actually. If anything this was some of the best Indian food I’d had in ages, which is a big call given Melbourne is now saturated with restaurants claiming to offer the best Indian cuisine. Continue reading
727 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
Of late Hawthorn seems to be the breeding ground for great cafes. I don’t know what’s in the water, but they’ve definitely got the recipe to create a successful eatery. The latest opening on Glenferrie Road, Le Clec is no exception to the rule.
Split across three separate dining areas, each has a different feel. One is fresh and white with French inspired decals, the next is warm and cozy complete with timber feature wall and an impressive wine rack. Then lastly is my personal favourite, the light filled semi enclosed courtyard where modern and vintage styles meet. Continue reading
19 ACDC Lane
Melbourne Vic 3001
Brought to us by the team behind San Telmo, I knew Pastuso came from good stock but never having experienced Peruvian food I had no idea of what to expect. It turns out expecting nothing and being delivered exceptional food and service has made me into a huge fan of all things Pastuso. Continue reading
14A Gilbert Road
Preston Vic 3072
I make no secret of the that I absolutely love Gelato. I’ll drive to the other side of town through peak time traffic for some of the frozen creamy goodness. Needless to say it makes me a super happy woman to be introduced to a new gelateria out in the burbs, that little bit closer to home.
Last week the kids and I were introduced to Gelato Papa, a great quality Gelati store tucked away in Preston. Having opened just under a year ago, it has become a favourite amongst locals and for good reason. With flavours like Wagon Wheel, Golden Gaytime and Chocolate Brownie what’s not to love? Continue reading
72 Flinders Street
Melbourne Vic 3001
The Press Club is definitely the jewel in the crown of George Colombaris’ successful restaurant empire. It’s intimate, luxurious and refined, the kind of place you visit to celebrate a special occasion, impress that someone special or just splurge on a night out. It’s for this reason it’s long been on my dining wish list and this year we finally decided to tick it off that list, but the question is did it live up to our expectations?
The small space on Exhibition Street exudes class and sophistication. The ceiling is artistically lined with different shaped gold cylinders creating a sense of warmth and opulence. No more than 12 leather lined booths fill the space restricting the number of diners to a small exclusive group. This in turn ensures that the A Grade service is attentive, detailed and friendly yet still giving diners the space to privately enjoy their meal. Continue reading
108-128 Leicester Street
As I walked out of Melbourne Museum dragging along a screaming three year old that just couldn’t bare leaving the ‘little steam train’ (you know the kind of tantrum I’m talking about, where literally everyone stops and stares and all you want is for the ground to open up and swallow you. Or maybe just him?) All I could think about was oh god, this lunch better be worth it. Well let me tell you, hell yeah it was! Stovetop delivered the goods and turned my frown upside down. Continue reading
179 Albion Street
Driving down Albion Street a few weeks back I couldn’t help but notice a charming old bluestone cottage in the middle of the concrete jungle. Housed within this cottage is a cafe, the name of which seemed really familiar to me despite never having visited before. So naturally, when I got home I did a quick search and realised I’ve been following ‘Rogue District’ on insta for some time and regularly lusted over their delicious looking pancakes. Fast forward to a stifling hot Melbourne day where there was no way I was doing any cooking and we found ourselves brunching at this popular Brunswick spot. Continue reading
6/10 Tripovich Street
Brunswick Vic 3056
Long Story Short is synonymous with Port Melbourne, good food, and those oh so insta perfect Tim Tam Hotcakes. Appearing on most Melbourne food lists, be it Best Dishes, Most Insta Worthy Dishes, Best Hotcakes, Must Try Dishes in Melbourne ect ect, it tells you that maybe these truly decadent hotcakes are well worth the calories.
One beautiful spring day we were in Brunswick and decided to visit Long Story Short’s new cafe, a sister to it’s successful and highly popular Port Melbourne site. Located on a quite walkway off the main drag, this small cafe is bright, fresh and inviting. We visited midweek, so there were only a handful of people inside but it still had a really good vibe. The staff were friendly, welcoming and really accommodating to this mum with a couple of kiddies. Continue reading
13 Bligh Place
Melbourne Vic 3001
It’s been a while between posts, because you know, life and stuff happens. Outings have been few and far between (or not worth writing about!), but life seems to be flying by at the moment, I guess that’s what happens when you’ve got a couple of kids and run a business! Needless to say, the husband and I were super excited to be invited to the Spring Menu launch at Souk.
Having always had a soft spot for quality middle eastern cuisine, Souk has been on our to do list since it opened earlier this year. In their own words, they’re reinventing middle eastern food. All of the classic middle eastern flavours are there just with a contemporary spin that starts with a very Melbourne, lane way venue. Walking down Bligh Place, just off Flinders Lane your eyes are immediately drawn to the huge pink neon SOUK sign at the end of the laneway. Walk in and it almost feels like you’ve walked into a cool bar. The lights are low, the fit out it minimal so all of the focus is on a few pieces of striking artwork. The extensive wrap around bar is also a focal point, as are a few unique light fittings that in their own right could pass as pieces of artwork. Continue reading
195 Little Collins Street
Melbourne Vic 3001
When I’m looking to book a restaurant for our monthly date night, the only request my husband has is ‘there better be meat’. Sure, buddy! And off I go looking for restaurants specialising in steak or American BBQ. This month we hit the jackpot with Meatmaiden, a mix of both great quality steak and delicious BBQ.
Having heard great things from fellow bloggers, I was quite excited when we spotted the round neon sign above an unassuming doorway on Little Collins Street, walking through to a night of meaty goodness. But first we had to work out if we take the staircase up or down?? Turns out, down is the way to go. Continue reading