Tag Archives: CBD

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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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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Dinner and dessert, but mainly dessert

Lupino 41 Little Collins Street, CBD The other night I had dinner with a couple of friends from school. We wanted to go somewhere nice but reasonably priced in the city. I suggested Lupino and was glad I did, not too casual and not too fancy, Lupino was just right.  I had tried to visit a couple of […]

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Snags in the city

Snag Stand Corner LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, CBD (outside Melbourne Central) He says When I was a little kid I loved going to the Victoria Market solely for the Bratwurst sausages that could be found in the Deli Hall. I can remember it like it was yesterday, the flaky bun, the crispy sausage, the mounds […]

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Last Taco for 13563km

Mamasita 1/11 Collins Street, Melbourne  He says Mamasita is the 800 pound gorilla of the Mexican food scene in Melbourne. If you’ve seen the 68 reviews on urbanspoon, or the daily queue of eager diners outside its unassuming doorway on Collins Street, it’s pretty hard to ignore. It is popular for a reason, but here is […]

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Here’s lookin at chu

Miss Chu 297 Exhibition St, Melbourne He Says Miss Chu, the self-proclaimed Queen of Rice Paper Rolls, has (a while ago now) opened up a Melbourne outpost on Exhibition Street. Apart from Trunk Dinner (I know, I know, it’s on THE LIST), and the Telstra Telephone Exchange, this end of the city has about as […]

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Tacos in the sun

Paco’s Tacos Level 1, 500 Bourke Street, CBD (corner of William) Do you remember where you were when you first heard about Paco’s Tacos? For me it was momentous, much like Princess Diana crashing, MJ dangling a baby out a window or Kim Kardashian getting divorced, it was the kind of defining moment that I will […]

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Another dumpling date for two

Shanghai Street Dumpling 342 Little Bourke Street, CBD (just off corner of Elizabeth) She says: Last Monday night we went to Shanghai Street Dumplings for dinner. The tiny restaurant is on Little Bourke, tucked off Elizabeth between a pie face and a sushi place. The restaurant is really small, it was lucky we got there […]

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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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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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Lunch with a new vue

Vue de Monde Level 55, 525 Collins Street (Via express lift from the Vue de Monde desk in the Rialto lobby) She says: This post is brought to you by express lunches, guest-writer Colin Hill and the number 7. My birthday is coming up this week and so my friend Colin Hill suggested that we […]

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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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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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Down the rabbit hole

Hare & Grace 525 Collins Street, CBD (next to Rialto on King St side, downstairs) Ex-workmate A and I caught up for dinner after work the other day and decided to trek the 10 meters Hare & Grace, an ‘eatery and minibar’. We’ve been to Hare & Grace a lot since it opened back in […]

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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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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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Yes, Sir!

Mister Close 246 Bourke St, CBD (inside Midcity Plaza on the Swanston Street side) On Monday I braved the potential rain (and associated hair nightmare) to go for lunch with K at new CBD lunch spot Mister Close. Gerard had been with a friend when he was working in Melbourne last week and (despite forgetting to take […]

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Arrgh, there be treasure on PonyFish Island

PonyFish Island Southgate Pedestrian Bridge, Melbourne CBD Ahoy, matey! Hiding in plain sight from the hustle and bustle of Flinders Street Station, and nestled under the well traversed Southgate Pedestrian bridge, is PonyFish Island. Made up of recycled materials, with funky wooden handrails and shipping container efficiencies, this cafe/bar looks like it’s just washed up […]

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A civilised CBD lunch

Merchant 495 Collins Street, Melbourne (next to Rialto, William St side) On Thursday I went out for lunch with ex-officemate-I who recently changed jobs. With me working down the King St (AKA Beiruit) end of the city and ex-officemate-I now working in Southbank our lunch options were a little limited. Given that we don’t see each […]

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Keepin’ it in the family

North East China Family 305 Flinders Lane, CBD (just near corner of Elizabeth) I’m calling it, North East China Family (or NECF as I lovingly refer to it) is my favourite CBD dumpling restaurant. It’s not necessarily the best Chinese in the city, or even the best dumplings, but the price, atmosphere, quality and selection […]

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