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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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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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5 Point Deli and Longhorn Saloon

I have often said that Melbourne is the greatest city in the world however it has always been missing one thing, a great bagel.  I am pleased to announce Melbourne is complete!  The brother duo who gave us Le Bon Ton have just opened up their newest venture in Carlton, a two story multi purpose […]

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Pope Joan

Pope Joan is named after the medieval legend of the woman who posed as a man and reigned as Pope for several years.  This venue is just that a powerhouse unassumably disguised as a neighbourhood cafe in Melbourne’s north.  Pope Joan is one of my concierge friend’s favourite restaurant/cafe/bar combos.  He has been raving about […]

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Fatto Bar & Cantina

One of the great pleasures in life is finding something wonderful and new.  It’s even better when it has been staring you in the face the whole time. Fatto Bar & Cantina is just that place.  Situated right next to the stunning Princes Bridge Fatto Bar & Cantina is exactly what Melbourne needs, a great […]

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Discover High Street Northcote & Thornbury

As a concierge I spend a lot of time recommending places that are easily accessible to my guests.  Most prefer to enjoy locations that are within a few kilometres of the city centre and the hotel.  There is a huge variety of great things to see and do within these parameters, but there is more […]

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Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Ever since my trip to Munich I have fallen in love with German hospitality.  The people are so genuine warm and engaging.  I will never forget my trip to the five lakes district in Bavaria where they have live jazz in the summer afternoons at an outdoor picnic area which is serviced by a beer hall. […]

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Le Bon Ton

Darlin…….you had me at southern style buttermilk fried chicken! Le Bon Ton is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s hottest in the know restaurants, cocktail bars and absinthe saloons.  Located on Gipps Street in Collingwood this conversion from the old Glass House nightclub has brought life back into this glorious old pub. Themed as an American […]

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