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 [...]
Chicken Parmagiana with Smoked Kangaroo, Fries, and Salad ($25)

THE NAPIER HOTEL

Before tapas and clean eating became popular, the corner pub was where it was at. There was no gluten free or organic, just huge, hearty meals served up with a cold pint. The Napier Hotel has honoured the age-old tradition of meat and 3 veg since 1866, and despite the ongoing gentrification of the Fitzroy area, still remains a beloved local watering-hole to this day. [...]
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KIKI RIKI

After a solid 7 years of friendship, Ethan and I finally have birthdays worked out. No presents, but we will take each other out for a nice dinner. So after Ethan went skydiving courtesy of his fiancée (congratulations again, Ethan and Jaz!), I treated him to some Latin street food at Kiki Riki. Despite the pretty reasonable reviews however, Kiki Riki was completely deserted when [...]
Dragon Bowl ($19)

YONG GREEN FOOD

Yong Green Food, along with places like Vegie Bar and Lentil As Anything, are amongst the oldest, and most stalwart of vegetarian restaurants in Melbourne. They were around back when it wasn’t yet fashionable to eat gluten-free and plant-based, and remain popular to this day. And with a rating of 4.3/5 on Zomato (beating out the amazing Smith and Daughters!), it was about time I [...]
Grilled Calamari ($16)

MARION

It is a widely known fact that everything Andrew McConnell touches turns to gold, but as much as I adore the man, I have had a few lacklustre experiences in his slew of amazing restaurants. Still, that ratio doesn’t stop me from being excited when I heard about the opening of Marion, a companion wine bar to his Modern Australian magnate, Cutler and Co. Located [...]
Pan Seared Calamari ($19.5)

STOP 17

You know a restaurant is going to be good when the tram driver announces it as he goes by. Of course, that can’t have anything to do with the fact that the restaurant in question is named Stop 17, right? The decor of Stop 17 is right up my alley. The combination of exposed brick, wooden rafters, and corrugated iron appealed to the true blue [...]