Blackberry Buttermilk Hotcake ($17.5)

LE CLEC

Remember how my mum has neither had nor cared about brunch for the first 50-odd years of her life? Well after her inaugural brunch, she is now smitten with the weekend ritual (like all true Melbournians), and has been hassling me to take her out again. Unfortunately, I had shot myself in the foot last time by taking her to Mr Hendricks, which turned out [...]
Red Dragon ($13.8)

MUSASHI RAMEN

Russell Street? More like Ramen Street, amirite? Whilst calling it Ramen Street may have been a bit of a stretch back when Shujinko and Hakata Gensuke were the only places selling ramen in the area, with the addition of Musashi Ramen to the same 100 metre-long strip, the name has become apt indeed. Taking a little from each of its predecessors, Musashi has the quaint [...]
Son In Law Eggs ($8, 2pcs)

SON IN LAW

After a good 3 years of kicking, screaming, and just stubborn resistance in general, I’ve finally given in and joined the Instagram bandwagon. And as much as it pains me to say it, I was definitely missing out – I now have all the food photos my greedy eyes can handle, and a portable way of sharing every meal I ever have. To top that [...]
Wagyu Yakiniku Nigiri ($4.3)

TETSUJIN

When Sushi Hotaru first opened, I (like everyone else) was a huge fan of their cheap as chips, yet good quality and inventive sushi. Over the intervening years however, I’ve found that both the quality and quantity have dropped somewhat, whilst being accompanied by a price hike. With that said, $3.3 is still very reasonable for a plate of sushi off the train, but combine [...]
Himalayan Salt Slab Cured Kingfish ($15, 4pcs)

MR MIYAGI

Another year older, another year... I’m not sure how I should end that sentence, because I certainly don’t feel very different from when I was 23, though I’m sure plenty of things have changed in the interim year. One thing that definitely hasn’t changed however is my love of good food, and the yearly ritual of picking a fancy restaurant for Chris and I to [...]
Pandan Panna Cotta ($16)

HOCHI MAMA

You know what’s clever? Discovering vaccinations is clever. Making cereal out of Milo is clever. And opening Hochi Mama right next door to Rice Paper Scissors is clever. So why is Hochi Mama being where it is such a clever move? Well, when Rice Paper Scissors first opened, its concept of building your own banquet from a selection of dishes for a set price caught [...]