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Ryne

Ryne

  Ryne is Donovan Cooke’s wonderful new restaurant in Fitzroy North.  It is so worth the trip out of the city.  The restaurant is perfectly designed in an old warehouse which has been renovated to perfection.  Everything oozes spectacular design from the fit out to the cutlery, crockery and glass ware.  Simplistic elegance and fabulous […]

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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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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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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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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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Northern Git

If you don’t live in Thornbury you should.  Bars, cafes and restaurants are all popping up at an amazing speed.  What is more remarkable than the speed is the quality of these new venues.  Case in point Northern Git.  It makes living in Thornbury that much better. Northern Git is the invention of Michael Slade […]

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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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Il Bacaro

Welcome to my pick for one of Melbourne’s most romantic Italian restaurants.  Crisp white linen table cloths, stainless steel, glass and wood accents, intimately spaced tables and banquettes all huddle together to create a very special space.  I just love this restaurant and my guests love it too. The food is classic Italian with all […]

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