NOT: Rich Maha, Shop 9, 343 Equitable Place, Melbourne

I had my doubts about Rich Maha as soon as I saw their menu.  Indian, Malaysian, Tandoori, Sri Lankan and Singaporean all in one place? Any restaurant which purports to serve all those cuisines at the same time is bound for trouble. Rich Maha does seem to be very popular with the lunch time crowds […]

HOT: Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Cafe, 1-3 McIlwrick St, Windsor

I haven’t had dim sum in Melbourne other than at Shark Fin House for years. However, I was sufficiently intrigued by Red Door Antiques and Yum Cha Cafe to stray from my faithful yum cha restaurant and cycle across town to check it out. Red Door offers a small selection of dim sum in rather […]

HOT: Wood Spoon Kitchen, 88 Smith St, Collingwood

I just can’t get enough of Japanese food, and it seems the residents of Smith Street feel the same way. Across the road from Peko Peko and sandwiched between the excellent Wabi Sabi Salon and yet-to-be-reviewed Tokushima is the cute Wood Spoon Kitchen. I was convinced to eat at this restaurant after the excellent rating […]

HOT: Dainty Sichuan, 176 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

The serene entrance area of Dainty Sichuan, adorned with a small rock and water feature, gold fish and carved mahogany screen, belies the sweating and gasping going on in the dining room. For this place serves Sichuan food with the gloves off – chilli so potent that you can smell it in the air as […]

HOT: The European, 161 Spring Street, Melbourne

So, a pesky volcano in Iceland means that you can’t make it to Europe anytime soon. The solution? Get your dose of la dolce vita at The European. The European is a restaurant that embodies my most romantic dreams of the Continent. The glass doors, dark wood interior and black and white chequered floor transport […]

HOT Chat: Sophia Brous of Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is an annual event showcasing international jazz musicians in Melbourne and it’s starting in a week’s time, from 1 to 8 May. During the week Melbourne’s streets, concert halls, clubs, bars and galleries will host to world’s leading modern masters of jazz, including Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Mulatu Estatke and […]

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