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Minamishima

One of the best sushi experiences I’ve ever had was at a 100 yen sushi train in Japan, down the road from the hotel we stayed at in the Shibuya. It wasn’t so much that the sushi was wildly inventive or unique – in fact it was far from it, as what each pair of nigiri amounted to was a slice of fish, draped over a nugget of rice with a daub of wasabi. What made the meal memorable was the amount of care the chefs so clearly placed into each morsel, and the absolute freshness of the seafood. As I sat in the small, cramped, and utilitarian space under an old apartment block, I was simply astounded by the…

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Mahalo PokÉ

Although I’m not 100% sure about the poké bandwagon, I have to admit to feeling a little tug of curiosity every time I walk past a new specialty poké store. I mean, fresh fish and other titbits on rice? What’s not to like? So it was with that mentality that I decided to try out Mahalo Poké, just a few doors down from its older sibling, Brotherambo. It’s a sweet little place, the pink pastel walls dotted with tropical-themed prints and fronds of greenery. But it’s not all breezy health food here. Alongside a menu of poké bowls and organic smoothies, there’s also waffles fries, burgers, and fried chicken. The Hawaiian-themed brunch also looks rather interesting.

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Demitri’s Feast

Not sure why, but I’ve had a real hankering for Greek food lately. I blame it on the cold weather, which has been making me crave the comforting flavours of Greek cuisine, along with rich plates of pasta and deep bowls of pho. And today, I’ve made my way to Demitri’s Feast. Those who’ve heard of Demitri’s Feast probably know it as a reliable local brunch spot along Swan Street, but after 8 years of business, the owners decided to shake things up a little. A few weeks worth of renovations later, Demitri’s is reborn as a Greek taverna, and is all but unrecognisable.

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El Atino

I’m a big fan of South-American food. I love the fresh, festive flavours, and the communal spirit it evokes. So it came as no surprise that I was super keen to try out El Atino, the new home of Latin American food on the Richmond block. But El Atino is so much more than just a restaurant. The outer half of the space is a dedicated grocer of gourmet Latin goods, and events and classes are frequently run, with the goal of educating the masses on how to cook and enjoy authentic South American food. The space reflects that; furnished sparsely with blonde wood and decorated with food and flowers, El Atino is the quintessential pantry-styled eating house.

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Three One 2 One

Remember the freakshake? That monstrous mash-up between beverage and dessert? It had a small heyday a year or two ago, but like all over-the-top fads, it didn’t last long. But now, Three One 2 One is bringing (sexy) freakshakes back (yeah!), along with a selection of extravagant burgers, and I was lucky enough to be invited along to check the spectacle out. Three One 2 One – named for the suburb’s postcode – used to be one of the millions of unremarkable cafes set along Bridge Road. Little did everyone know, changes were quietly happening beneath the surface. Krishna and the team spent over 6 months developing a line of unique and indulgent burgers, and next thing you know, Three…

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Pillar of Salt

You know Pillar of Salt? Of course you do. Opened in 2011, it’s one of the stalwart brunch spots in Melbourne that’s carved out a permanent niche for itself within the ever-changing cafe scene. It’s also one of the few ‘classic’ places in Melbourne I’ve yet to try, so despite many newer openings that I’m very curious about, I’ve decided to get this done once and for all. Pillar of Salt is a lot bigger than its small street-corner store front suggests, which is just as well, because the place seems to be popular regardless of when you show up. The narrow little cafe leads out into a covered courtyard that’s almost as large, and is full of nooks and…

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