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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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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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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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South of Johnston

One of Melbourne’s best kept secrets for a place to meet for breakfast or lunch is South of Johnston.  It has great food, superb service and an intriguing design with an edgy location in the Collingwood warehouse district.  South of Johnston however has one thing that sets them apart from the others.  They have an […]

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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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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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Meletos

The Yarra Valley’s newest hot spot is Meletos which is guest accommodation, function space, restaurant, bar and brew house all rolled into one.  Open seven days a week this little gem will not be a secret for very long. The property grows its own grapes and apples and the wonderfully appointed accommodation looks out over […]

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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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