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The Point

The Point

The Point has always been one of Melbourne’s best spots for romantic dining.  The view of the city and the lake along with the contemporary dining room have been a long standing favourite for the in the know diners in Melbourne.  New owners have now placed their stamp on this iconic Melbourne restaurant and their […]

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Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan

What do you get when you combine one Michelin Star, Yum Cha and reasonable prices?  A line down the block.  Don’t let this discourage you.  To Ho Wan is worth the wait and if you plan correctly you can just walk right in! Tim Ho Wan is Melbourne’s newest Chinese Yum Cha restaurant located in […]

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Pretty Mama

Pretty Mama

Yah maaaan, you had me at jerk chicken.  Ever been to the Caribbean?  For most Australians it’s a dream!  Pretty Mama is a dream come true and it’s a whole lot more accessible than a Caribbean holiday. Pretty Mama is located in what is now an unusual location, the West End of the CBD.  Unusual, […]

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Tipo 00

Tipo 00

Want in on a secret?  This is my go to restaurant when my guests want amazing food without the over the top price tag. Located on Lt Bourke Street near Hardware Lane this Italian pasta bar does pasta and risotto like no other. Named after one of the finest quality Italian flours, the name foreshadows […]

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Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is a bold experiment in the culinary arts.  As you would expect the dining room is slick and modern, the fit out luxurious, the ambience refined.  What you may not expect is the culinary art of camouflage that is about to be revealed. The theme of Heston’s restaurant is the history […]

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Il Solito Posto

You know that little place that’s down that laneway that has been there forever?  You know the one that everyone talks about but you haven’t been.  There’s a reason its been there forever, because it’s amazing! Il Solito Posto is just that.  It is Melbourne, full stop.  Italian – laneway – consistent – delicious – […]

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MONDOPIERO

One of the best things about living in the world’s most livable city and being a Concierge Clefs d’Or is discovering amazing new things that I can share with my guests and readers.  I am a passionate supporter of our how amazing and beautiful our city is.  I love occasions when I meet a kindred […]

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Top 10 Restaurants in Melbourne

Top 10 Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are my top 10 favourite restaurants in Melbourne St Crispin  The Estelle Cutler & Co Vue de monde Ezard  The Point Donovans Epocha Pretty Mama Tipo 00  Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free to subscribe to my blog […]

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Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Melbourne is renown around the world for being one of the world’s great foodie cities.  What’s special about Melbourne is that not only do we have great restaurants, Melburnians also have a passion for  dining out.  Restaurants are one of the main social outlets for our city and Melbourne’s culinary arts are showcased in kitchen […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing.  Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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Top 10 Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

Top 10 Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

  Enjoy a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.  In summer enjoy Punt Tours on the Lake with a luxury Cambridge style boat on the garden’s ornamental lake.  In winter enjoy the camellia gardens which will be in full bloom and lunch at Shannon Bennett’s Jardin Tan a modern Vientames cafe located at the Observatory Gate […]

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Melbourne’s Best Retailers

Melbourne is renown for the best shopping in Australia, so here is your shopaholic guide to the city. My list is a selection of the best retail experiences Melbourne has to offer.  Shops include local designers and international brands.  Each store provides the best in design, innovative products and service. I hope you have fun […]

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Australian Open

One of the events that defines Melbourne as the most livable city in the world and the #bestcityintheworld (bias noted) is The Australian Open the Grand Slam tennis tournament of Asia Pacific.  One of only four grand slam tournaments in the world (Wimbledon, the US Open and the French Open are the other three) this […]

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Woodland House

Situated on Williams Road, Prahran is the uber chic restaurant Woodland House.  This restaurant is housed in the old Jacques Reymond restaurant site which is a beautiful Victorian house complete with Victorian terrace and gardens.  The house lend perfectly to an elegant evening and is one of the most sought after locations for a special […]

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The Hotel Lincoln

The Hotel Lincoln is one of Melbourne’s newest rejuvenated historic pubs.  The pub is art deco and the theme of the deco period has been sensitively references with the furnishings and art.  Located on Carlton Street on Cardigan Street the pub features a small outdoor area on the footpath, a bar area and a wonderfully ‘flapperesque’ dining […]

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