HOT: Coral Lee, 8 Barnard St, Bright

Coral Lee is a cute 50s cafe serving food and coffee in the surrounds of retro collectibles gathered by the owner Sam. The name of the cafe is inspired by the coral colour in the floral wallpaper which lines the back wall as well as the coral coloured paint on the fireplace’s chimney. The ‘Lee’ bit […]

HOT: Common Galaxia, Shop 3/130 Victoria St, Seddon

Common Galaxia sounds like a solar system from outer space, but in fact this cafe’s name derives from something more prosaic – Common Galaxias are silvery little whitebait which are found in the nearby Maribyrnong river (and in many rivers around the world). I really like the poetic tale about them on the website ‘The […]

HOT: La Condesa Taqueria and Cantina, 234 Johnston St (entry via Chapel St), Fitzroy

Munching on tacos in a sunny off-laneway courtyard? How very Melbourne Summer of 2013. La Condesa is a taquería that serves tasty tacos for a bargain 3 for $10 at lunchtimes (and $4 each the rest of the time). The seating is simple – low wooden tables and benches on Astroturf and surrounded by graffiti and […]

HOT: Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford St, Beechworth

When in Beechworth, drink beer. Bridge Road Brewers is one of Australia’s most popular craft beer producers and is one of the foodie destinations to visit in Beechworth thanks to their brewery operations in a 150 year old coach house, the kitchen’s famous pizzas and a convivial beer garden which is particularly family-friendly. I was […]

NOT: Park Hyatt Afternoon Tea, 1 St Andrews Pl, Melbourne

Let me say at the outset the reason this review is a NOT is not because the Park Hyatt‘s afternoon tea is bad. Unfortunately it just pales in comparison with some of the other afternoon teas I’ve sampled in Melbourne, such as those with an expansive dessert buffet or presented in an unusual location or […]

HOT: Lavazza Gran Riserva Blend Launch, Sosta Cucina, 12 Errol St, North Melbourne

It’s been a long time between visits to Sosta Cucina but I was happily reminded by how much I like this North Melbourne stalwart. It’s the kind of place that I’d love to have as my Italian local – the mainly Northern Italian menu is delicious and unpretentious and the owners, executive chef Maurice Santucci […]

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