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 – [...]
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 [...]
Cobia, Red Sorrel & Bagna Cauda

MOON UNDER WATER

Summer has come to Melbourne with a vengeance, so it is a relief to be spending my Friday night at Moon Under Water, a restaurant that brings to mind endless expanses of cool, clear water. Without knowing what to look for, Moon Under Water is easy to miss. This Andrew McConnell venture is nestled – like a pearl – within the exuberant walls of the [...]
Slow Cooked Szechuan Lamb to Share ($39)

SUPERNORMAL

So why has it taken me so long to try Supernormal? It’s a bit of a story. I have never made secret my love of Andrew McConnell, but dinner at the now-closed Golden Fields left me a little deflated. Hence when I saw that Supernormal is basically a tweaked version of Golden Fields, you can understand why I was keener to go to Cumulus Up [...]
King Prawn Wontons with Aged Black Vinegar Dressing ($12, 3pcs)

SPICE TEMPLE

Happy birthday to me! I thought this was going to be the first year in yonks that I would be able to celebrate my birthday on my actual birthday (which is in May), as I’d finally escaped exams. And once again, I was out of luck, as I had ended up with wisdom teeth surgery scheduled 2 days before the happy occasion of my birthday. [...]