HOT: Cafe Rosamond, Rear 191 Smith St, Fitzroy

Cafe Rosamond is a hole-in-the-wall cafe housed in literally two small rooms, and at 10am on a sunny weekday morning I discovered that many of the artsy skinny-jeans crowd of Fitzroy/Collingwood (who are these lucky people? what do they do for a living?) had cosied themselves into the wooden school chairs and small tables. Looking […]

NOT: Rice Queen, Level 2, 231 Smith St, Fitzroy

As an ‘oriental’, I was intrigued by the concept of an ‘oriental diner’? I mean, what’s ‘oriental’ food exactly? The menu at Rice Queen appears to cover the gamut of a whole eating continent, from Japanese to Chinese, Sri Lankan to Thai. What this means is that there’s a patchiness in the quality of the […]

HOT: Blackbird Summer Market, The Workers Club, corner of Brunswick St and Gertrude St, Fitzroy

For a while now Sydney has been running pub markets and now the trend is catching on in Melbourne. It’s a great idea – pubs are usually dead spaces during the day, so why not run up a few stalls inside and encourage people to shop, chat, have a beer and eat some pub grub. […]

HOT: Cutler & Co, 55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Cutler & Co is the most hyped restaurant in Melbourne. I take great pleasure in pricking the hype-bubble in HOT OR NOT, so while I was excited to finally score a booking on a Saturday night, my guard was up. Did it really deserve the superlatives thrown at it by Melbourne’s restaurant reviewers and food […]

HOT: Goshen, 189 Smith St, Fitzroy

I heart heart heart heart Goshen. Authentic hot and spicy Korean food, lovely presentation, a calming interior of dark wood and delicate stencils on green-tea walls and super-friendly smiley staff. It’s easily my favourite cheap eat in Melbourne and the sole (Seoul – guffaw) reason I want to visit Korea. I could just leave the […]

HOT Alert: Week of 16 November 2009

HOT being the operative word. Lordy me, I’m definitely not a hot-weather person, hopefully this week gives us all some respite. Anyway, a bit of sweatiness isn’t going to stop this week’s social calendar: Free reader event to launch MoVida Rustica at Books for Cooks, 233 Gertrude St Fitzroy. We’ll be meeting author Richard Cornish […]

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