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James Ridenour

About James Ridenour

Your man in Melbourne - Local Expert - Worldwide Contacts - Chef Concierge Clefs d'Or at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto - Assistant General Secretary Les Clefs d'Or International

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Minamishima

Minamishima

I have always admired Japanese style.  I appreciate Japanese minimalism in design and attention to detail along with the Japanese zen approach to life and their incredibly warm and generous hospitality. With this in mind and armed with a bucket full of recommendations from those I trust, I anticipated a very special experience at Minamishima. […]

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Top 10 Restaurants in Melbourne

Top 10 Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are my top 10 favourite restaurants in Melbourne Vue de monde Minamashima Ezard  St Crispin  The Estelle Cutler & Co Saxe Donovans Epocha 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 by placing […]

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Hidden Jade

Hidden Jade is the newest entry in the Asian food scene explosion in Melbourne and it’s something special.  Located in Albert Park on the lake the restaurant is the perfect location for diners to enjoy lunch, dinner or Yum Cha with a difference.  Not only do you get the incredible views of the lake and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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