Vanilla Bean Waffle ($24)

THE GLASS DEN

You know what’s typical Melbourne? Putting a cafe inside of a former prison – you can’t get much more Melbourne than that. Although I’ve been past Pentridge Prison dozens of times on my way to and from Chris’ place, it took me something along the lines of 3 years of commuting before realising that it’s a prison in name and heritage only. Since its closure [...]
Pipis, Serrano, Basil ($17)

EMBLA

There’s nothing that perks me up quite like a good meal at a wine/tapas bar. The cosy venue, sophisticated and indulgent atmosphere, and parade of small but exquisitely designed dishes (and maybe a drink or two!) never fails to put me in a good mood. And for the longest time, my go-to spot has been MoVida Next Door. Of course, I knew about Embla – [...]
Mahalo Tuna ($18)

MAHALO POKÉ

Although I’m not 100% sure about the poké bandwagon, I have to admit to feeling a little tug of curiosity every time I walk past a new specialty poké store. I mean, fresh fish and other titbits on rice? What’s not to like? So it was with that mentality that I decided to try out Mahalo Poké, just a few doors down from its older [...]
Chocolate Brioche French Toast ($19.5)

MR HENDRICKS CAFE

After 50-odd years of never having had brunch before, and not caring one whit about it, my mum suddenly started whinging to me a few months back about how she’s never ever even had brunch, and basically hassling me to take her out. To be fair, I was all too happy to comply, especially now that I’m earning a good wage. So on a crisp, [...]
Clacked Eggs on Burnt Hay

NOMADA

For the longest time, Hammer and Tong has been one of my favourite brunch spots. But despite always intending to make that return visit someday, K presented me with some very sad news before I could make my way back – Hammer and Tong has quietly disappeared in the night. Predictably, I was a little devastated. When I heard that the space had been taken [...]
Lamb Cutlets Paidakia ($18, 3pcs)

DEMITRI’S FEAST

Not sure why, but I’ve had a real hankering for Greek food lately. I blame it on the cold weather, which has been making me crave the comforting flavours of Greek cuisine, along with rich plates of pasta and deep bowls of pho. And today, I’ve made my way to Demitri’s Feast. Those who’ve heard of Demitri’s Feast probably know it as a reliable local [...]