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 [...]
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 – [...]
Braised Beef Short Rib Bao ($15, 2pcs)

UNCLE COLLINS ST

I’m not a big fan of heading out to the St Kilda area. Not only is parking expensive and scarce, the only public transport option is the temperamental tram network that often results in waits of upwards of 20 minutes after 8pm. Luckily, there’s only a few restaurants out that way that I’m extremely keen on trying, so I don’t have to brave the trip [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl ($12.5)

LANEWAY GREENS

I must’ve walked past Laneway Greens half a dozen times by now, yet I’ve never thought to actually stop and take a look at it. I guess I just assumed, based on the tiny space (with no kitchen in sight) and the clean, fresh interior, that it’s some kind of juice or smoothie shop. With that said though, I was at least partially right. But [...]