Roasted Bundarra Pork Shoulder ($35)

HIGHER GROUND

To date, my favourite place for brunch is probably Top Paddock (with special mention to Hammer and Tong). However, Top Paddock is by no means an only child; the same folks are also responsible for other brunch big-name such as The Kettle Black, Two Birds One Stone, and formerly Three Bags Full. Given that every single one of these cafes are popular in their own [...]
Pan-Roasted Flinders Island Lamb Fillet

MATTEO’S

Every year in December, Chris and I celebrate our anniversary, his birthday, and Christmas, all in the span of 2 weeks. Instead of doing 3 separate things, we usually just end up having one lavish session of present-exchanging and food-eating. But this year I had a bit of trouble picking the restaurant; out of all the ones I haven’t been to, I couldn’t get into [...]
Scotch Fillet, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Parsley and Garlic Butter ($36)

HELL OF THE NORTH

A few weeks ago, I quietly darted off to China for a couple weeks to see my beloved grandparents and extended family. I lived with my grandpa and grandma (on dad’s side) for a good 2 years in my early childhood, and despite that not being very long in the grand scheme of things, they feature in some of my fondest memories. Eating is serious [...]
Siciliana ($18)

CANTINA CENTRALE

I have a new beau, and his (or her – it is the 21st century after all) name is Italian Food. I’ve always known about the merits of pasta and pizza, but I’ve never really given much thought to the cuisine in general. But really, the stuff is right up my alley – beautifully fresh ingredients cooked up simply but elegantly, aka the pinnacle of [...]
(5) Pizza

LIEVITA

Does anyone remember those Pizza Hut buffets there enjoyed a brief window of glory in the late 90s and early 00s? As a child, it seemed like there was nothing more glorious; pizza that never ran out? What is this magic?! Unfortunately, on the one occasion I went, ready to stuff my stomach with at least 7 kinds of pizza that my parents never bought, [...]
Seared Scallops and Pork Hock ($19)

HERCULES MORSE

I was an avid reader as a child (and even more of an avid-er reader now), often downing books as fast as my parents could take me to the library. I distinctly remember that in year 3, I went through the booklist for the entire year by September, and my teachers ended up telling me to read the dictionary – and I imagine they were [...]