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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 Fine Dining Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are my top 10 favourites for fine dining in Melbourne Vue de monde Cutler & Co St Crispin  Ezard  The Estelle Donovans Epocha Cecconi’s Elyros Il Bacaro 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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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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Northern Lights

Norther Lights is one of those places that you hear about word of mouth and those are the best kind of places if you ask me. The restaurant/bar combination is a quirky Aussie/Asian restaurant located in the burgeoning Smith Street (Collingwood) food district.  The restaurant feature as you would imagine a number of lights which […]

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Cecconi’s

For me Cecconi’s has long been one of the mainstays of fine dining in Melbourne.  My first recollection of someone I trusted raving about a fine dining establishment was a restaurant manager friend of mine who said Cecconi’s Cantina (back when it was located the Crown Casino Complex) was the finest Italian restaurant in Melbourne. Cecconi’s made […]

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