Category Archives: Eating out

Robin Hood

Breakfast Thieves Shop 1, 420 Gore St, Fitzroy He Says There is nothing quite like going out with your friends for Sunday brunch. You can dissect Saturday night’s shenanigans, analyse the previous week’s affairs, and just enjoy a good little chat. To facilitate these cherished moments, Melbourne has exploded in recent years with an armada […]

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Mother’s Day

Meatmother 167 Swan St, Melbourne VIC 3121 He Says My mother was out of town for Mother’s Day, so as a homage to her I decided to go to Meatmother for dinner.  Well, that’s what I’m telling myself now, but I’m sure she’d approve of a place dedicated to the worship of meat. Meatmother has […]

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Gertrude St Trendy

De Clieu 187 Gertrude St Fitzroy She Says My best friend recently moved to East Melbourne so we’ve been slowly moving through cafes within walking distance. One of the first places we visited was De Clieu. We went on a weekend back during the great heatwave of February (or was it March? Yes, this post […]

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Fond Memories

Fonda Mexican – Windsor 44 Chapel St, Windsor Almost a year and half ago, Fonda Mexican burst onto the Melbourne Mexican scene like a delicious overstuffed piñata. The tiny Swan Street Richmond storefront was soon overrun with diners, and even after expanding into the adjacent shop, the queues routinely stretch out the door. Unless you […]

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Coffee Gives You…

The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar – Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2013  Queensbridge Square, 1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank He Says Over the last couple of years, the magicians at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival have been conjuring up various pop-up cafes at Queensbridge Square. This year, they’ve built up the aptly […]

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The People’s Choice

The People’s Market  64 – 68  Stanley street, Collingwood He Says As we were sitting out the front of the People’s Market at 11:50am, waiting for it to open, I came to the realisation that we’re getting old. Nobody gets to the People’s Market at 11:50am on a Sunday, they’re all too busy being hungover […]

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Real Focaccia, Flat Out

Fugazza Shop 5A, 31 Equitable Place, Melbourne He Says Equitable place can be best described as a synthetic Degraves Street for office workers. There aren’t packs of tourists with cameras taking edgy photos of graffiti, and unless you like the cold hard feeling of concrete, it’s not visually pleasing. What it does have going for […]

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Cross Here

Shawcross Pizza 324 Brunswick St, Fitzroy He Says Phat Brats is one of my favourite places in Melbourne. They’ve honed the gourmet sausage to a fine art of delicious cylindrical perfection. Nobody has ever said the phrase, “No, that’s enough, I’ve had too many sausages from Phat Brats”. I’m just such a fan, so you […]

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn 538 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn He says Glenferrie Hill is by no means the peak of cool. It’s suburban functional in its purest form; there’s a supermarket, a descent fish & chip shop and a pharmacy. Its only real claim to fame is that you can change tram lines at the corner. We live […]

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Oh brother

Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew 413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy He says One of my friends, lets call him Mr Bump, has recently moved into Fitzroy with his girlfriend, and he’s been slowly making his way around the restaurants in the area. One of the establishments that has caught his eye was Brother Burger on […]

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Colonel Mustard, in the Parlour, with the Rope

Parlour Diner 64 Chapel St, Windsor He Says Being North Eastern suburbs born and bread, I get a little uncomfortable any time anyone mentions Chapel Street. I sort of screw my nose up and then do a little wiggle, which translates into “oh, you haven’t been to Gertrude street”, or back when I was younger […]

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Little Train That Could

Zumbo – Dessert Train Shop 1, Cafe Court The Star/80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney He Says So my first introduction to Adriano Zumbo was not a pleasant one. I didn’t have the opportunity to fawn over his masterpieces on Master Chef from the comfort of my living room, but I did have the opportunity to […]

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One Tasty Gallery

Chefs Gallery 12/501 George Street, Sydney, NSW  She Says Until recently Gerard was flying to Sydney every week for work. Staying in Sydney (or any other city) every week came with a number of perks, including: buckets of frequent flyer points, I would actually need a bucket to carry them; a maid service; excited reactions […]

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One Crazy B.East

B.East 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East  He Says I was so excited when my friend from work, Cuddles, sent me a link to the Day of the Dead Festival website. I did a little celebratory dance in my office chair just thinking about the glorious taco filled possibilities. Looking down the list of events the week […]

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Fantastic Mr Fox

Brother Fox 648 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn He says We drive down Glenferrie Road almost every day, so I was really surprised when Brother Fox just appeared out of nowhere. When Crab Apple Kitchen opened up just down the road, there were weeks of suspense before it opened. But Brother Fox just appeared to just fall […]

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Now queuing in Melbourne

Mamak 366 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD  She Says When Gerard goes to Sydney for work he goes out for dinner and then comes home and tells me about all the fancy (and not so fancy) restaurants he went to. One of his staple quick dinners in Sydney is the ever popular Malaysian restaurant Mamak which specialises […]

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Not just cool, moustache cool

Mankoushe 323/325 Lygon St, Brunswick East She Says For a while now my friend T has been saying that we should come north-side and check out the lebanese pizzas at Lygon Street’s Middle Eastern bakery, Mankoushe. Unfortunately we’ve been taking turns cancelling on each other every weekend for over a month now. Fortunately by the […]

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A French Connection

Chez Dré 287 Coventry St, South Melbourne He Says Every Monday morning for the last couple of weeks, I’ve received a barrage of “Have you been to Chez Dre yet?” comments. And every time I said that I’d love to go, but South Melbourne is a little hard for us to get to, and we’d […]

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Everything By Joost

Silo – By Joost 123 Hardware Street, Melbourne He Says I can still remember the first time I laid eyes on a Greenhouse By Joost installation. I was sitting at the Opera House Bar in Sydney, and I looked over at the Overseas Passenger Terminal to be confronted by an enormous mass of graffitied shipping […]

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Back to the Future

Hungry Birds 242 Victoria St, Brunswick She Says A while ago a friend recommended brunch at Hungry Birds. After she talked up the quirky location and fun, mexican-inspired brunch menu and I was sold. So last weekend I suggested to Gerard that we brave the cold and rain to make the trek out to Brunswick, […]

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Rain & Sandwiches

Cumulus Inc 45 Flinders Ln, CBD She says A couple of months ago my office moved from the King St end of Collins St up to the decidedly classier Paris end. It’s been a nice change, partially because the offices are now all shiny and new, but mainly because my food options have greatly improved. […]

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Rule of Thirds

Threefold 381 Flinders Lane, Melbourne He Says Although we both work in the city, we very rarely get to have lunch together. An endless merry go round of meetings, interstate jaunts, errands, crises and pre-rapture planning always seem to get in the way of a good old couple lunch. This week Marg put her foot […]

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Tasting the forbidden fruit

Crabapple Kitchen 659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn She Says Last week whenever I went to the gym I passed by a colourful new cafe with a cute picket fence out the front. I tried to find a name each time I drove past but couldn’t manage anything other than the street number. After some intense googling […]

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Bake me a…

MoVida Bakery 3 Tivoli Road, South Yarra She Says MoVida Bakery is inconspicuously located in a fairly non-descript building on a side street near Chapel Street, behind a petrol station. For a cafe that’s a little out of the way, it really attracts a crowd. I can see why though, I wasn’t all that hungry on […]

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Go Go Cutler & Co

Cutler & Co 55–57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy He Says Last Saturday, Marg’s BFF, Lucy, finally tied the knot. It’s been weeks/months in the making, with a storm of bride’s maid dramas, ill-fitting outfits, production line cookie baking and just general panic from all involved.  Yet Saturday went by without so much as a hitch (other […]

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Cheeky Donkey

Casa Ciuccio 15 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy He Says We visited Casa Ciuccio for my BFFFs birthday in May, an event that never fails to disappoint. It was at such a birthday, two years ago, that Marg and I actually met; a fact that we never fail to remind my friend of. We’re not the only […]

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Keep BBQ weird

Red River BBQ Short Order @ The Workers Club Cnr Brunswick and Gertrude St, Fitzroy He Says I let out a little shriek when I saw the tweet from the Red River BBQ guys announcing a new project with Burger Mary. Their previous collaboration, the ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ Fringe Food Festival event, was a […]

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SOJO, making the backstreet cool

South of Johnston 46 Oxford Street, Collingwood He says What better way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday weekend than a trip to South of Johnston, abbreviated as SOJO. The weather outside, however, was not in such a festive spirit, and all of Collingwood was covered in a destitute gray rain; a very Melbourne winter day. […]

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It’s Always Sunny in PATS

PATS ‘The Philly Way’ 338 Bridge Rd, Richmond 3121 She Says If you’ve seen the blog in the last couple of months you’d know that Gerard has been busy frolicking and occasionally working in Africa for the last 2 months while I’ve been stuck here working and getting progressively colder. That doesn’t have a lot of […]

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Actual Ghanaian in Ghana?

Buka 10th Lane, Osu, Accra, Ghana  I’ve received a lot of criticism about not reviewing any actual Ghanaian restaurants, so to silence that criticism, may I present my review of Buka1. The thing that you need to understand about Accra, is that the restaurant scene is in its infancy, and it’s currently targeted primarily at […]

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Prince Ali! Fabulous he!

St Ali 12/18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne He says We stumbled into St Ali on Good Friday, after the cafe we planned to visit was incorrectly listed on Broadsheet as being open. Not that I was complaining about a visit to St Ali, as the visit the previous month for the Texas BBQ evening was […]

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The Art of Swiss Ice Cream

Mövenpick Hotel, Sankofa Restaurant Victoria Borg, Accra, Ghana Mövenpick the ice cream, meet Mövenpick the hotel. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that Mövenpick, a brand I thought was only associated with expensive ice cream, also ran a hotel chain. My mind was awash with fanciful images of rooms made of ice cream […]

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A spoonful of sugar

Spoonful 543 High Street, Prahran With Gerard in Ghana I’ve been filling my weekends with lots of brunches and TV, sad but true. On my first solo weekend I went to Spoonful is Prahran with girlfriend Strawberry Fields and my best friend (who, by the way, is currently featured cracking eggs and throwing giant cherries around like […]

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The edge of the Peri Peri

Barcelos Fifth Ln, Accra, Ghana Chicken is king in Ghana. They’re dodging cars in the street, being carried around in plastic bags or, most commonly, appearing next to a large side of rice. With the break neck development occurring in Accra, it was only a mater of time until the chicken migrated from the dusty […]

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One Lounge to End Them All

QANTAS Sydney First Lounge So I’m off to Ghana (in West Africa) for work, which will make a very welcome change to flying to Sydney. However, I’ve found out that flying to Ghana is a colossal pain, involving a number of unfortunately timed flights. People who say it’s about the journey, rather than the destination, […]

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Honest dogs

Phat Brats 320 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy He says Phat Brats is the newest gourmet sausage darling taking Melbourne by storm, trying to satisfy Melbourne’s insatiable appetite for gourmet sausage. Sausage-wise, there’s the tried and true Victoria Market Deli Hall, the Sydney upstart Snag Stand, and the well dressed guys from Massive Wieners. A veritable sausage […]

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Albert St at last

Albert St Food and Wine 382 Sydney Road, Brunswick She says Back in January I went to visit my friend T from uni who had just moved to an apartment on Sydney Rd. We were meant to go out for lunch to Albert St Food & Wine which had just started serving food that day. I […]

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Dream of Californication

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Californication @ Newmarket Hotel 34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda She Says The subject of this post dates back a couple weeks now because I have been hideously slack. Gerard dutifully wrote his section over a week ago, meanwhile, I’ve done nothing. I’d like to blame it on my ridiculously busy […]

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Don’t mess with Texas

Fringe Food Festival & Burger Mary’s ‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ dinner @ St Ali She says On Thursday night we went to St Ali for the first of 3 texan style BBQ nights organised by Burger Mary, Red River BBQ and the Fringe Food Festival. I bought the tickets almost 2 months ago now and […]

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Deliciously Manufactured Hipsters

Graham Canteen, by Fancy Hank’s BBQ @ Richmond Weekender 22 Bendigo Street, Richmond (Weekends in March 2012 only) He Says If there’s one thing I enjoy more than Mexican, it’s BBQ. I’ve been frothing at the mouth over episodes of BBQ Pitmasters (thanks Nextflix), which is a reality TV show were teams competitively BBQ a variety […]

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Tacos by the inch

Senoritas 16 Meyers Place, Melbourne  He says Friday night is usually reserved for home delivered Thai and trashy reality television (Geordie Shore is my current favourite. Init), so it’s a little unusual for us to go out for dinner. However, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit the newly opened Mexican restaurant Senoritas, on […]

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Melbourne food & wine festival: the Food Truck Jam!

Taco Truck, Beatbox Kitchen & Massive Wieners She says In my post about a trip to Gumbo Kitchen a while ago, I wrote about how on a holiday to New York last year Gerard and I went to two food truck rallies including the first annual Zagat Food Truck Frenzy which featured 26 food trucks […]

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It’s getting hot in here…

Greenhouse by Joost Queensbridge Square, Southbank, Melbourne He says It’s that time of year, the days are getting shorter, the shops are awash with Easter Eggs, and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on.  Now in its 20th year, the festival is bigger and tastier than ever, with one of the main attractions this […]

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Melting marmalade

Marmalade and Soul 162 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North He says After foolishly finding myself in Swanston Street McDonalds at 2:00am on Saturday morning, I was very much in the mood for a good meal come lunch time. Colin Hill suggested a new breakfast/brunch place that had opened near his house. Almost telepathically the café sensed […]

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Dinner with Demitri

Demitri’s Feast 141 Swan Street, Richmond She says Demitri’s Feast in Richmond has been serving up brunch with a Greek twist for a while now, but recently its operations have expanded. Demitri is now serving up a Greek grill for dinner every Thursday to Saturday. We got to Demitri’s Feast around 7pm last Saturday and […]

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A love letter to Longrain and its desserts

Longrain 44 Little Bourke Street, CBD Ok, I think I need to come clean about something before I start this post – Longrain is one of my favourite restaurants. I love it. I have loved it for years now and there is very little that anyone can do to change that. When Gerard confessed after […]

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Welcome to Hell

Hell of the North 135 Greeves Street, Fitzroy He says When Margaret suggested Hell of the North for our friendly Saturday dinner, I was excited. Not because I’ve got my finger on the culinary pulse of Melbourne, far from it, but because I’m a shameless Broadsheet ambulance chaser.  The pictures looked good, it was near […]

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Baa baa black sheep

Three Bags Full 60 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford She says On the weekend Gerard and I decided to go out for lunch. By the time we got around to thinking about lunch I was really, really hungry so I suggested that we try Three Bags Full in Abbotsford, mainly because it’s not too far away. I’ve heard […]

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Hot Coffee?

Coffeehead 8-10 Railway Parade, Camberwell She says Last Sunday Gerard and I headed to Coffeehead in Camberwell for brunch. Coffeehead is in what looks like an old warehouse on Railway Parade in Camberwell, the funny little street just past VicRoads and Brunetti that nobody has any reason to go down unless they’re walking through to […]

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Breakfast in the backstreets

Backstreet Cafe 152 Kerr Street, Fitzroy She says Backstreet Cafe is the new cafe brought to you by the creators of Birdman Eating. I’ve always quite liked Birdman Eating (although I find their breakfasts a bit meh, I’m a much bigger fan of their tapas/dinner menu) so I was excited to try their new cafe. The […]

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