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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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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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Elyros

From the über talented duo (Angie and Guy) that brought you one of my all time favourite restaurants in Melbourne (Epocha) we now have what will no doubt be number two in their expanding restaurant empire, Elyros. Elyros is a Cretan restaurant (from the Island of Crete in Greece).  A visit to Elyros is like […]

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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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Gazi

The Greeks are famous for their love of food, family and hospitality and the best Greek chef on the planet George Calombaris has come up with a ripper of a restaurant that celebrates these Greek traditions. Gazi is the perfect place to come for a meal with family and friends.  A great casual atmosphere, awesome […]

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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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Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne

Rockpool has long been my go to restaurant for guests who are looking for great steaks and seafood with a contemporary and elegant dining room.  Located on the banks of the Yarra River in the Crown Casino complex, Rockpool delivers time and time again. The service, food and ambiance are always impeccable and the view […]

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St Crispin

  Every once in a while the universe aligns and your very high expectation are surpassed, even blown out of the water.  Say hello to St Crispin one of my new favourite restaurants. My experience at St Crispin was perfect.  To my delight and surprise some old friends from restaurants past were there to greet […]

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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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