Spaccatelli Carbonara ($19)

UMBERTO ESPRESSO BAR

My mum is an excellent cook. She can make braised pork belly better than any restaurant, pleat dumplings with the best of them, and once she made a perfect beef rendang, from scratch, on her first go. But with all that said, every now and then I do wish that she knew how to cook like an Italian nonna. Incredibly ungrateful of me I know, [...]
Cavatelli with Sausage, Rapa, Chilli and Onion ($23)

FRATELLI FRESH

How do you improve upon an afternoon of spas, saunas, and massages? You follow it up with a big ol’ bowl of hearty, good quality pasta of course! And so that’s how I found myself at Fratelli Fresh after an indulgent afternoon at Onsen Ma, courtesy of Chris as a late Christmas present. Because as it turns out, an afternoon of relaxing is incredibly hard [...]
Anamiko Souvlaki ($30)

ALPHA OUZERI

I love Greek food, but as it turns out, I’ve eaten a lot less Greek food than I thought. After picking up an unshakable hankering for some Mediterranean flavours, I looked through my blog, only to realise that I’ve been to a measly dozen or so Greek restaurants in all of my food blogging years. So I immediately set to remedy that, and my first [...]
Reginetta Ricce al Ragu di Anatra ($32)

THIRTY EIGHT CHAIRS

There’s not much better than a good bowl of pasta, and these days I don’t even feel all that guilty having the occasional hefty bowl of butter-drenched carb-laden goodness. After all, there’s no harm in having the occasional indulgence, especially when I’ve been having a salad with quinoa and kale in it for lunch all week. And so it was in that spirit that I [...]
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 [...]