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Ichi Ni Izakaya

Sometimes I get an itch that only a meal at an izakaya will scratch. It’s usually happens when I feel the need to have something that feels a little bit like a treat, but at the same time don’t want to break the calorie bank. And although I’ve just about gone through the more popular izakayas in town, there’s still a couple left, and one of them is Ichi Ni Izakaya. I don’t have any exact dates, but Ichi Ni Izakaya has sat on the prime strip of St Kilda’s esplanade for at least a good half dozen years, back in the days where a new izakaya can probably still be considered trailblazing. Despite the interim years however, the interior…

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The Fifth Province

I may not frequent pubs, but I have always nursed a soft spot for them. They are just like such comfortable, easy-going, home-away-from-home sort of places. They remind me of worn, squashy armchairs by a good fire – something anyone and everyone can enjoy. The Fifth Province, an Irish pub set on a corner in the streets of St Kilda, is a perfect proof for my theory. Behind a slightly dated and very unassuming facade hides a collection of beautiful rooms; some full of light and flowers with walls panelled in mint green, whilst others are dark and polished, perfect for sharing a bottle of wine. It is obvious however that an effort has been made to keep The Fifth…

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United Kitchen Dining and Tapas

Opened in late 2015, United Kitchen Dining and Tapas is an almost brand new Latin American restaurant and cocktail bar located just minutes away from the central buzzing hub of St Kilda. In stark contrast to the terrible weather outside, United Kitchen was dark, warm, and welcoming on the evening we visited. Even more inviting was the prospect of Mexican and Spanish-influenced tapas, accompanied by a generous list of wines and cocktails. Although I couldn’t have alcohol because I was driving, the team were kind enough to mix up some custom-made mocktails for us. This concoction of berries and pineapple in a base of ginger beer was sparkling and tropical, without being cloying. It could definitely hold its own, even…

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Pablo Honey

It’s the end of a long week, and you know what calls for? Delicious tapas and cocktails at Pablo Honey. If we’re talking location, Pablo Honey has gotten the cream of the crop. Located across the intersection from Luna Park, any meal at this South American-influenced eatery is accompanied by the spectacular sight of The Esplanade lighting up as night falls. But that’s not to say there isn’t much to see in the restaurant; the decor here is one-of-a-kind. Cobbled together by The Cartel – aka what the 4 blokes running this place have dubbed themselves – in just a 4 week period, the restaurant features hypnotic tessellations of glittering skulls and hexagons at every turn. And the best bit?…

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Lentil As Anything

For those of you who are heading out St Kilda way to have dinner at The Two Badgers, DON’T. It’s not that the food is bad... but I wouldn’t call an unexpected and abrupt closure a good thing either. And I had a $100 voucher for the restaurant too, boo! Thankfully of all places, it was St Kilda we were in. So instead of being stranded, cold and hungry, we walked 100m down the road to check out Lentil As Anything, a restaurant that has been on my to-eat list since the beginning of always. On the surface, Lentil as Anything seems like a run-of-the-mill vegetarian restaurant, but it is so much more than that. As far as I know,…

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The Post Hotel

For the longest time, I thought that all there was to St Kilda was the main Acland Street strip – the place near the beach and Luna Park, and what everyone thinks of when St Kilda is mentioned (if you’re not into Footy that is). But turns out there’s plenty to see and do off the beaten path, and today we were checking out The Post Hotel. Despite not being much of a pub girl, I was taken by just how comfy The Post Hotel was. Even if I wasn’t impressed by the warmly refined interior of brick and wood, I would’ve been impressed upon finding out that this used to be one of the grottiest pubs in Australia. At…

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