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Pure South

Pure South

Pure South is probably one of Melbourne’s best restaurant success stories.   It’s a favourite recommend for many of the hotel concierges in the city and our guests love this place.  The formula is perfect, an elegant restaurant with a garden terrace, city and river views and a perfect menu made up of ingredients sourced […]

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Vue de monde

  One of the joys in life is discovering something extraordinary.   As a concierge nothing is better than meeting someone who is passionate about their chosen field.  Shannon Bennett is such a person.  He has taken his passion for the culinary arts and created one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants. Vue de monde comprises […]

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Cutler & Co

Every once in a while there is a sublime moment in your life when everything comes together and you are at one with the universe.  Cutler & Co is the dining equivalent of this. Located on Über trendy Gertrude Street, Fiztroy Cutler & Co is without a doubt one of the best dining experiences you […]

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Rosetta

Rosetta

Neil Perry’s newest Melbourne venture is the Italian masterpiece Rosetta. Located in the Crown complex with a commanding position next to the Yarra River, the restaurant is first off the rank as you wander downriver from Queensbridge Street.  The restaurant harks back to a luxurious era of fine dining, while most new restaurants are pairing […]

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Donovans

Gail and Kevin Donovan met while working at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne back in the 1980’s and a match made in restaurant heaven was born.  Years later Gail and Kevin harnessed their passion for food, wine and hospitality and to the benefit of all Melburnians Donovans was born. Donovans has been at the top of […]

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Epocha & Hannah’s Bar

Epocha is the newest jewel in Melbourne’s culinary crown.  Housed in an elegant terraced Victorian home on Rathdowne Street, Carlton Epocha quintessentially defines Melbourne’s unique restaurant style.  The restaurant and bar perfectly capture the spirit of Melbourne hospitality and will impress locals and visitors alike. Epocha is owned by one of my all time favourite […]

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400 Gradi Pizza

400 Gradi has the best pizza in Melbourne. Ok, so you would like a little more background on my claim?   A great Italian foodie friend of mine told me about 400 Gradi and so I had to give it a try.  The pizza quality all comes down to the passion and dedication of one […]

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Matteo’s

Tucked away at the Fitzroy North end of Brunswick Street away from the trendy shops, bars and cafes of Fitzroy is the sophisticated diners secret that is Matteo’s. Matteo opened his restaurant 18 years ago and has been a local northern favourite ever since.  For a very long time now Matteo’s has been my ace […]

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Yum Cha at Spice Temple

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying Yum Cha at Spice Temple.  To describe it in a word it was exemplary. Spice Temple is Neil Perry’s 3rd Melbourne restaurant and bar (with Rosetta Neil’s 4th restaurant soon to open).  The restaurant is located in Melbourne’s Crown Complex and is situated right next to Rockpool Bar and […]

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Lupino Italian Bistro

I had high expectations when visiting Lupino as it is part owned by Richard Lodge, ex-partner in my favourite Italian restaurant Becco. Lupino did not disappoint. Richard was as always the consummate host and what was supposed to be a pasta and a glass of wine turned into a full meal. I am glad I […]

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