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Frankly, I don’t know how anyone can stomach dining with me. I will always passive-aggressively insist on picking the restaurant (after falsely offering the privilege of choice to my unfortunately companion), and as soon as something has been agreed on, I will go ahead and change my mind to something entirely different. This will occur approximately once a day until the day of the meal, where I am forced to decide on a restaurant. But the ordeal doesn’t stop there. Once we actually arrive at the restaurant, I am a flaky dining companion at best, and a mortifying one at worst. I will get up without warning to take photos of the interior, garnering stares from diners and staff alike,…

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The Moldy Fig

This is a rather special blog post. Not only is that because I’m eating delicious New Orleans food, which I love but don’t get to have often, but it’s also my very last blog post in Melbourne for a while! So without further ado, let’s get started! The Moldy Fig is a New Orleans restaurant and bar that is distinctly Southern in its look and feel, its décor taking cues from the melange of cultural influences found in the American South. Here you’ll find French-styled plantation shutters in pretty pastels, lined up next to a gleaming wooden bar that wouldn’t look out of place in a Spanish wine bar. The food is equally as colourful, consisting of a wide range…

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Small Axe Kitchen

Growing up Chinese, I’ve never been one to shy away from a sizable breakfast. In most parts of Asia, it is considered perfectly normal to start your day with a bowl of noodles, a plate of meat buns, or even leftovers from dinner the night before. In fact, one of my all-time favourite breakfasts is my grandma’s wide rice noodles, cooked in soup with minced pork and pickled veggies. I think my liking for hearty breakfasts is one of the reasons why I am so fond of brunch. In a culture where eating ‘non-breakfast’ foods for breakfast is looked askance, the opportunity to order a substantial meal first thing in the morning is liberating. And of course, the more ‘non-breakfast’…

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Lux Foundry

It feels like as I’m getting closer and closer to making the move to Sydney (it’ll happen January 2018), more and more awesome restaurants pop up in Melbourne to spite me for going away. I’ve made a list of all the restaurants I must visit before I leave, yet despite my best efforts, that list is getting steadily longer, instead of shorter. Not only do I keep adding new places I come across to my list, I’m also very slack about ticking existing places off, in favour of going to try whatever’s caught my interest that week.

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Bar Idda

I have a co-worker I’m rather jealous of. She lives in Brunswick, which means she has her choice of Deliveroo/Ubereats from any of the surrounding suburbs, and that includes everything from 400 Gradi to Jimmy Grants, as well as Kumo Izakaya and Mankoushe. And amongst her list of favourite restaurants to order from is Bar Idda, an unpretentious little Italian eatery at the top end of Lygon Street. The atmosphere at Bar Idda really is stunning. The outfit is deliberately dated and provincial, and whilst that would feel tacky in any other suburb, it feels just right in ethnic, hipster Brunswick. Seated by the window, with the whitewashed walls and herbs hanging in bunches to one side, and the dim…

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Here’s to the last blogged meal of 2016! I know this is a bit late (I do so like having a backlog to rely on), but once again, thank you again to all my readers. Whether you’ve stumbled upon this blog once and never looked at it again, or you’re one of my beloved regulars, I appreciate every single one of you. So I hope you’ve all had happy holidays, and all the best for 2017! Mankoushe has been on my to-visit list for quite some time, but it’s taken me a while to get around to, as they’re only open for 2 of the days which I work, and it’s too far to make a trip out to on…

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