Author Archives: Gerard and Marg

Falling off the edge of the world

The Bottom End 579 Little Collins Street, CBD He says: Walking into The Bottom End is like stepping back into a 50s diner that’s been ravaged by The Hatter. It mixes wholesome diner style booths with eclectic mermaid statues and dim lighting that I’d describe as “intimate” at best. The menu has a great mix […]

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To the moon and back

Life on Mars 842 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn He says: I’ve only seen Total Recall once, dubbed over in Italian which unfortunately I don’t speak a word of. Apart from the three breasted stripper and Arnie kicking a lot of evil corporate ass, the only other part of the movie that made any sense to me […]

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Birthday sparkler with a side of ice-cream

St Katherine’s

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I couldn’t think of a Hardware Societe Pun

The Hardware Societe 120 Hardware Ln, Melbourne She says I’d heard a lot about hardware société and had always wanted to go for lunch but felt like it was just that little bit too far from work and probably way too hard to get a table. In the end I decided that a weekend brunch […]

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You’ve been Axiled

Axil Coffee Roasters 322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn He says: Sometimes I’m just oblivious to the world. I’ve driven past Axil for the last couple of months, and hadn’t noticed its imposing Burwood Road frontage; or maybe I was just trying to suppress memories of the Glenferrie hotel. Once I’d gotten my head out of the […]

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The last people (and burgers) on earth

Burger Monster Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands He says: Sometimes you don’t want a Wagyu beef burger furnished with biodynamic vegetables and tomato sauce made from tomatoes only harvested during a full moon. You want a good old fashioned hamburger. Like the one from your local fish and chip shop, except you want it to […]

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The fairest dumplings of them all?

HuTong Dumpling Bar 14 – 16 Market Lane, CBD She says: HuTong gets a lot of praise and is often credited with serving the best dumplings in Melbourne. Despite the hype and my (completely unhealthy and obsessive) love of dumplings I’ve only been to HuTong once before, not long after it opened back in 2009. […]

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Once you Jock you can’t stop

Jock’s ice cream 83 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park She says: Just a little one today, the weather was so nice that after brunch at Mart the other week that we all walked (and yes, by walked I mean drove) down to Jock’s for ice cream. I definitely didn’t need it, but I sure enjoyed it. I don’t […]

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Stopping All Stations to Mart

Mart 130 107 Canterbury Road, Middle Park He says: I must admit, I fell in love with Mart when I first laid eyes on it. Nestled in an old train station on the converted 96 tram route on the outskirts of Albert Park, Mart is picturesque. It’s the kind of cafe that you’ve always dreamed […]

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It’s starting to feel a lot like summer

D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar 295 Drummond St, Carlton He says: The acronym D.O.C. , back in the motherland, stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which translates into “controlled designation of origin”. It’s a label applied to food in Italy which has been certified by licensed inspectors to be authentically Italian. Dominos need not Apply. […]

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No pork for you!

Chin Chin 125 Flinders Lane, CBD He says: Marg and I had been planning on hitting up Chin Chin for a while, and it was with great sadness that I found this article from The Age during my mid Friday morning procrastination. A review in The Age is great for the budding restaurateur, but bad […]

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Liar, liar pants not so much on fire

Liar Liar 90 Kinkora Road, Hawthorn (just off corner of Glenferrie) He says: Liar Liar has well and truly captured the minds, and stomachs, of the gentrified Hawthornites(?). Sunday brunch was hectic. There were children running everywhere, orbit Baby Transportation Systems falling from the sky, and recently risen disenfranchised youths trying to avoid being seen […]

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Feed me, Migo

Migo’s 289 Flinders Lane, CBD (near corner of Elizabeth) She says: Migo’s is another one of the roughly-half-way-between-our-offices cafes that Gerard and I end up at for lunches on the rare days when he’s working in Melbourne. It’s your typical Melbourne lane-sized cafe on Flinders Lane with a small space and even smaller tables. I’ve […]

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The laziest brunch

Porgie + Mr Jones 291 Auburn Road, Hawthorn She says: I’d been sick all week and busy at work so had been looking forward to making the most of a weekend so when I woke up at 1.30 pm (!) the other Sunday I was disappointed. Disappointed until Gerard decided that we should go grab […]

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A golden odyssey

Golden Fields 157 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda She says: Epic. That is the only way I can describe the dinner that Gerard, K and I had at Golden Fields the other day. I’d been sick all week and flat out at work so I pretty desperately wanted to get home and log some couch time […]

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Bagel time

Jungle Juice 20 Centre Place, Melbourne CBD He says: Jungle Juice, or as I like to call it, “the bagel place”, is one of my favourite inner city lunch haunts. The quirky, pokey interior, really is the embodiment of inner city Melbourne. It’s got to be no more than 3 metres wide, with the patrons […]

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Mexican munching

Trippy Taco 48 Smith Street, Fitzroy He says: Ever since a drunken night in Tijuana, I’ve loved Mexian food (but no longer tequila).  The smell of the spices, the hands on-eating, the mess. It’s feel good food for the soul, and usually without the price-tag. I’ve driven past Trippy Taco hundreds of times on the way […]

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Land of the free (sides) and home of the brave (stomachs)

Gasometer 484 Smith Street, Collingwood She says: There are no two ways about it, Gasometer is one of the biggest hipster-haunts I’ve come across. Possibly one of the highest hipster-to-mainstreamer ratio you’ll find anywhere in Melbourne. Walking into this rehabbed Irish pub though, you can see why. This is a serious a seriously cool space. […]

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Barney’s burger

Barney Allen’s 14 Fitzroy St, St Kilda He says: Barney, Barney, Barney, what has happened to you? Marg use to rave on and on suggest that you had one of the most underrated burgers in Melbourne. And the first time I went, I was inclined to agree with her. The polenta chips just melted in […]

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Nose, tail and everything in between

Josie Bones 98 Smith St, Collingwood She says: I have to admit, I’m not a Masterchef person.  I don’t actively dislike it, I’m just not that into it.  I’m all for reality tv competitions and I love food, but for some reason this one has just never done it for me.  With that background I […]

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Collective Espresso

Collective Espresso 3 Cookson St, Camberwell (opposite Camberwell station) She says: Recently Collective Espresso has become one of my favourite weekend spots.  Collective is one of a growing number of cafes proving that you don’t have to leave my beloved inner eastern suburbs to find somewhere to have a good meal while enjoying eclectic decor […]

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