HOT: Lee Ho Fook, 92 Smith St, Collingwood

Happy Year of the Horse! Celebrate Chinese New Year at possibly the hottest Chinese restaurant in Melbourne at the moment – Lee Ho Fook. When Lee Ho Fook opened in October last year expectations were high as the head chef, Victor Liong, had previously worked at Marque and Mr Wong. Now that the initial hype has died down the small one […]

HOT: Ora Cafe, 156 Pakington St, Kew

You’d never guess what was coming out of the kitchen of Ora, a plain little cafe amongst a functional set of local shops in Willsmere Village, Kew. It’s some of the most interesting cafe food I’ve had in a while – beautifully presented, restaurant quality dishes with an inventive combination of ingredients extracting influences from Asia […]

HOT: Public Inn, 165 Barker St, Castlemaine

The frontage of Public Inn Castlemaine is restored gold rush circa 1850s but the inside is now a modern bistro and bar. The eatery moves from formal to casual seamlessly. You can choose to sit on some drinking chesterfield couches by the fireplace, at the relaxed bistro tables or in the formal restaurant area overlooked by a magnificent wine […]

HOT: Hellenic Republic Kew, 26 Cotham Rd, Kew

I was sad to hear that one of my local faves St Katherine’s had gone. Fortunately the site has been transformed into Hellenic Republic Kew and given that I’m a fan of the original Brunswick edition the change is not such a bad thing. I think St Katherine’s and Hellenic Republic are branches of the same tree anyway. […]

HOT: Modern Love, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo

Are you heading out of town for the Australia Day long weekend? If you haven’t made plans to escape the city yet then I highly recommend taking a day trip or overnight stay in Bendigo. It’s the last week of Bendigo Art Gallery‘s amazing fashion exhibition, Modern Love , which closes on Sunday 2 February. In […]

HOT: Melbourne Now, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

If you haven’t heard of or visited Melbourne Now yet, get out from under your rock! Melbourne Now is the National Gallery of Victoria’s most ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition every and it celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice of creative Melbourne. There are so many exhibits, performances, workshops and activities to explore it […]

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