Food – Leroys

5 Mason Street
Newport Vic 3015

Oh Leroy, where have you been all my life? Well for the last year or so, in little old Newport, but why did I wait so long to visit? As a quality food and coffee deprived mum of two, of late my outings have been limited to child friendly venues, where the kiddies are happy, but my tastebuds are left feeling rather neglected (hence my lack of blog posts lately!). But that’s about to stop thanks to this amazing cafe that offers good coffee, delicious food and has an onsite playground for the kiddies. You read right fellow mumma’s! Good food and coffee while the kiddies are entertained for hours in the cubby house. That’s my kinda bliss! Continue reading

Food – Lady Carolina

175 Lygon Street
Brunswick East Vic 3057

It really is the best feeling when you go somewhere with no expectations and walk away really impressed. That’s exactly what happened when my girlfriends and I payed Lady Carolina a visit. What made it even better is we really stumbled across this funky South American eatery by accident when looking for a decent Mexican restaurant in the North/Western suburbs (of which there aren’t many – budding restaurateurs take note!). Offering Latin influenced tapas and street food, you get to experience the best of South America in a really cool setting. Continue reading

Food – Greenfields

Cnr Lakeside Drive & Queens Road
Albert Park Lake Vic 3206

A cafe connected to a renowned golf club and overlooking an iconic lake would be the envy of many in the restaurant game. Lucky for us, we have such an eatery right on our doorstep. Enter Greenfields, a classy Hamptons style cafe set in beautiful Albert Park, promoting all things health and wellness. With uninterrupted views of the lake and golf course, the impeccably furnished space oozes style and refinement, but maintains a real sense of Zen. Continue reading

Food – Lankan Tucker

486 Albion Street
Brunswick West Vic 3055

When a friend suggested we visit Lankan Tucker, I assumed we’d be getting a traditional Sri Lankan feed (not that I’ve even had that before, I figure something like Indian – go ahead judge me!). Fast forward two weeks and we got a nice surprise when we arrived at this modern cafe on Albion Street. There’s really nothing traditional about this place, the fit out is modern and very much on trend, they’ve got quality coffee on the brew and the menu is a creative fusion of classic Sri Lankan cuisine and modern Melbourne brunch. It’s a unique concept in a saturated market place but they’ve pulled it off to create a foodie experience like no other. Continue reading

Food – Up In Smoke

28 Hopkin Street
Footscray Vic 3011

As soon as I hear anyone utter the words Up In Smoke, I’m taken back to my teens and immediately hear Dr Dre singing in my ear (if you’ve got no idea what the hell I’m on about, google Dr Dre Up In Smoke Tour) ‘hold up, heeeeey….’. Still to this day I know the words to just about every song, not bad for a tour that happened 17 years ago (now I’m showing my age!). So lets just say I was quite intrigued when I heard there was an American BBQ restaurant in Footscray going by the same name. Intrigue grew into excitement when I learned it’s brought to us by the legends behind 8Bit. Clearly mastering one type of American cuisine wasn’t enough, they had to have a crack at conquering BBQ too, and if packed tables every night of the week are anything to go by, conquer they have done. Continue reading

Food – BAWA

248 Burwood Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122

So if we’re being honest, we all know that cafes in Melbourne are a dime a dozen. Every suburb has a new eatery popping up claiming to be the best thing since sliced bread, but in reality there is very little that separates it from another cafe 1km down the road. That’s not to say they’re bad, quite the opposite, the food is almost always good, but there is very little to no point of difference. As someone who eats out a lot, I don’t want same old same old when we visit a new spot, I want to be wowed and try something a bit different. Well this week BAWA did exactly that.
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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