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 [...]
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 [...]
BBQ Beef Brisket ($22, 200g)/Chicken ($40ea)/Pulled Pork Shoulder ($20, 200g)/Sausage Links ($10, 200g)

FANCY HANK’S

Think you know Fancy Hank’s? Well think again! Almost overnight it seems, Fancy Hank’s has moved into new digs on Bourke Street, just 2 doors up from Grand Trailer Park Taverna. If you’ve been to the old Fancy Hank’s, then you’d know that Rustic Southern Bistro would be a kind description for the dive bar. The new eatery is much more impressive. Retaining the beautiful [...]
The Hawaiian ($10.95, regular)/Meat Lovers ($12.95)

POKÉD

I admit it – Buzzfeed is a guilty pleasure of mine. I just find their listicles to be perfect bite-sized pieces of entertainment; kind of like Maltesers – once you pop, you can’t stop! And one section I’m especially fond of aside from the quizzes – this magical test will give you your food patronus! – is the food section. It is positively a buffet [...]
Sea Salt Soft Serve ($4, cone) with Fairy Floss and Grilled Marshmallow ($2.8, 2 toppings)

AQUA S

When pictures like these show up in your sphere of awareness, there’s no choice but to stand up and pay attention. With their ethereal and endlessly instagrammable soft-serve sculptures, Aqua S has been a huge hit in Sydney for the best part of two years, and has now finally made the jump to QV, Melbourne. Aqua S may seem like an arbitrary and nonsensical name, [...]
Lechon on Rice ($12.5) with Pork Skewer ($4.5)

GJ’S GRILL

As a very under-represented cuisine in Melbourne, Filipino food has always been a shiny curio to me. Based on my very limited knowledge, I know that Filipino cuisine is a very diverse one, taking its influences from a hodge-podge of countries in both the east and the west. And unlike Chris’ sister, I don’t have the good fortune of dating a Filipino bloke, so I [...]