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Queen Of The South

Like Mexican food? Of course you do. In that case, allow me to introduce you to this new, sleek, and very sexy lady in Prahran – Queen of the South. Being a Mexican restaurant, the first thing you see in the restaurant is a spacious bar designed for partying down with those margaritas. But the day was warm, and the agua fresca of Homemade Grapefruit Soda was perfect with its light sparkle and hint of bitterness. There was going to be a lot of food that night, and although I had promised to pace myself, the Vasito De Elotes ($7) tested me hard. A handful of charred corn kernels were mixed with indecent amounts of chipotle mayo and queso, and…

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Massive Wieners

Hot dog places seem to have a knack for cheeky names – Phat Brats and Dognation are just a couple, but I have to say that Massive Wieners take the cake. And how do you get to Massive Wieners? You walk past Lucky Coq of course! Oh Prahran, you cheeky suburb. We walked in right as three blokes were finishing up the 25 inch wiener challenge, which is a lot less dirty than it sounds. If you manage to finish a 25 inch (63.5cm) dog within 5 minutes, you get your money back, and your Polaroid on the Wall of Fame! Finish in over 5 minutes and you’re relegated to the much, much larger Wall of Shame but hey, it’s…

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Third Wave Cafe

Guess who’s back, back again, for delicious American BBQ? I had the privilege of being invited to dine at Third Wave Cafeabout half a year ago, and I found myself smitten with their brunch. I promised myself that I would come back for their dinner menu, which takes its influence more from the States than it does Russia. Like I’ve previously mentioned, Third Wave Cafe is rather unassuming, especially in such a fashionable part of town. But I wasn’t fooled this time, especially not with the smoky BBQ smells from the kitchen giving away some of the enigma. The service remains somewhat pale, though they couldn’t be faulted on politeness. And unfortunately the gym is also still across the road,…

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Colonel Tan’s

Sometimes I wonder how non-Melbournians see my beloved city. There are so many things – the rattling trams, the tiny coffee shops, the street performers in drag – that I barely even notice; then I see the tourists stopping and staring with their cameras out, and I realise – Melbourne is one hell of a unique city. Until you see the menu, Colonel Tan’s could be anything. Walking up the steep stairs, the velvet curtains could easily be pulled apart to reveal a burlesque house. Then you reach the top and see the local band setting up for their gig in the fenced-off band room, and the place suddenly becomes more like an abandoned factory where the kids go to…

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Third Wave Cafe

I’m no expert on Russian food, but I’m certainly fascinated by it. To the extent of my knowledge, the food consists mostly of hearty stews, stodgy dumplings, and plenty of meat – cold weather food essentially. But opportunities for trying Russian food in Melbourne are pretty thin on the ground (though a quick search did turn up a place called Gandalf Restaurant), so it was pretty exciting to be invited by Third Wave Cafe to try out their Russian-inspired menu.

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Babble Bar and Cafe

I’VE FINISHED WITH UNI!! Well, sort of. As of October 24th, I’ve officially finished the last lecture of my pharmacy degree. I may have exams and an entire year of internship coming up, and I’ll definitely be coming back to do a PhD, but it’s still nice to finally not have to sit in endless lectures about drugs and more drugs. So this dinner at Babble Bar and Cafe, being on the Saturday right after I finished uni, turned into something of a semi-almost celebration. It certainly was the right place for it – the open fire crackling merrily in the corner and the high wooden ceilings made the restaurant feel like a cosy and intimate ski lodge, and the…

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