HOT: St Ali, 18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

No doubt many of you have heard of St Ali, the cafe and specialty coffee purveyors who are one of a handful of places responsible for Melbourne’s love affair with ‘third wave’ coffee. Well, I don’t drink coffee, so this puts me at a disadvantage when a reviewing a place such as St Ali. However, […]

HOT: Isthmus of Kra, 50 Park St, South Melbourne

Today we have a guest post from the lovely Miss Kish, my blog crush, friend and collaborator. She reviews long-standing restaurant, Isthmus of Kra, from a vegetarian point of view. Thanks Kish! The Isthmus of Kra is the narrow land bridge which connects the Malay Peninsula with the mainland of Asia. In Melbourne however, Isthmus […]

HOT: Tempura Hajime, Park St, South Melbourne

Behind a non-descript door in Park Street, a little slice of Tokyo has dropped into South Melbourne. Tempura Hajime is a tiny restaurant which only serves, you guessed it, tempura. Now I’m not such a great fan of tempura (how much fried stuff can you eat in one sitting?) but the restaurant had come with […]

HOT: The Palace by Luke Mangan, 505 City Rd, South Melbourne

Since returning to Australia after two years overseas, I’ve developed a hypothesis that Australian food trends lag behind the northern hemisphere (especially the US and UK) by 1-2 years. That means that I’m expecting to see a flurry of gastropub openings in Melbourne in the near future (probably macaron specialists and ramen stalls a year […]

HOT Alert: Week of 7 December 2009

You know those crazy spinning Frankenstein heads? That’s what I feel like right now. It’s definitely the silly season! In the diary this week: Preview of new French hit film ‘French Kissers’ at Palace Como on Tuesday 8 December; Aesop shopping night at their QV store on Wednesday 9 December. Join them for some wine […]

HOT: O’Connell’s Centenary Hotel, 407 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

After a brief wander through the South Melbourne Night Markets, C and I found ourselves in a South Melbourne black hole. Both of us were familiar with daytime cafes in the area, but where to go for dinner? Fortunately, we remembered the gastropub O’Connell’s. This beautifully restored pub is in a quiet residential area of […]

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