Ocean Trout Belly and Avocado ($15)/Pita with a Bone ($19)

MIZNON

As much as I love George Calombaris (at least up until the whole scandal with him underpaying his staff), I had to admit that celebrity chefs are not exactly my cup of tea. Although I’m sure it’s not always the case, often it feels as if the only chefs that end up as celebrities are the ones who spend more time selling their brand, rather [...]
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 [...]
Dragon Roll ($20, 8pcs)

ICHI NI IZAKAYA

Sometimes I get an itch that only a meal at an izakaya will scratch. It’s usually happens when I feel the need to have something that feels a little bit like a treat, but at the same time don’t want to break the calorie bank. And although I’ve just about gone through the more popular izakayas in town, there’s still a couple left, and one [...]
Mini Beef Nachos ($14)

CABINET BAR AND BALCONY

I’m a big fan of bars that go out of their way to also serve up good food. Given that I’m all about the grub, bars don’t hold much allure for me. I’m much more keen however if the bar is also known to have amazing food, and whilst I’m there, I might be persuaded into ordering a drink. I’ve heard some phenomenal things about [...]
Korean Fried Chicken ($15, 6pcs)

RICE QUEEN

The funny thing about being a food blogger is, you get to know a lot of restaurants very well by name and the food they serve, but only have the vaguest idea of where the restaurant is and what it looks like. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve walked past a restaurant, glanced at the menu on the window, and said Oh [...]
Beef and Guinness Stew ($22.9)

THE FIFTH PROVINCE

I may not frequent pubs, but I have always nursed a soft spot for them. They are just like such comfortable, easy-going, home-away-from-home sort of places. They remind me of worn, squashy armchairs by a good fire – something anyone and everyone can enjoy. The Fifth Province, an Irish pub set on a corner in the streets of St Kilda, is a perfect proof for [...]