HOT: Los Barbudos, 95 Smith St, Fitzroy

With the American/Southern/Mexican thang that the Melbourne food scene has going on at the moment, I guess it was only a matter of time before we hit the shores of Cuba. Los Barbudos is a new Cuban cocktail bar from the Thank You, Come Again group that brought you Lily Blacks, Mr Wow’s Emporium, Double Happiness […]

HOT: Masak Masak, 230 Smith St, Collingwood

Masak Masak has carved out a niche on restaurant-heavy Smith Street with its take on Malaysian hawker food. As soon as you walk into the bright and funky restaurant you’ll notice the charcoal barbeque front and centre. My (Asian) parents were very impressed with this piece of equipment as it’s rare for them to see […]

HOT: Hammer and Tong 412, rear 412 Brunswick St (enter from Westgarth St), Fitzroy

Fitzroy, I can’t keep up with you! I was walking along Brunswick Street a few weeks ago when I noticed that the ill-fated Brix restaurant had been resurrected into a cafe called Hammer & Tong 412 with a vaguely Communist looking logo on its doorstep. I made a mental note to visit and have only had […]

HOT: Cantina della Casa, 13 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

The domination of Gertrude Street by the McConnell brothers (Andrew and Matt) continues with another establishment opening, this time a cafe/deli/providore/bottle shop called Cantina della Casa. The small shop next door to Casa Ciuccio has been given a bright white makeover with unobstrusive smatterings of Latino flavour. One wall is dominated by a wine fridge […]

HOT: Industry Beans, Warehouse 3, Cnr Rose St & Fitzroy St (enter from Fitzroy St), Fitzroy

How do you convince a non-coffee drinker to drink coffee? Wrap it up in some fancy science and serve it with a smile. Regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t drink coffee. It’s one of my few weirdly inconsistent food habits – I will happily eat coffee cake and coffee ice cream, but […]

HOT: Roda en camino, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013, The Commoner, 122 Johnston St, Fitzroy

The Commoner is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne. It is unpretentious, friendly, cosy and the thoughtful food has a strong focus on local and seasonal produce. Everything they do demonstrates care and a passion in the hard work of their producers and chefs.  It’s a restaurant with heart. For the Melbourne Food and Wine […]

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