Posts Tagged ‘melbourne’

Minimishima, Melbourne

October 9, 2016

4 Lord Street, Richmond

Pretty good sushi place. Ingredients were excellent quality, but preparations varied too much, especially in terms of temperature. The formal staff, lack of any choice apart from the otoro/caviar upsell made this a very hard place to love. You’re on a conveyor belt and are in & out in about an hour. Better as a lunchtime venue.


Tipo 00, Melbourne

June 26, 2016

361 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Another rough day in Melbourne. Needed a dinner to soothe the soul. Italian of course. Glass of wine in hand by 5pm. Chefs menu. Simple, excellent ingredients – arancini, tomatoes/burrata & bizarrely two squid courses (why?) duck/gnocchi & deconstructed tiramisu. Worth it.

Estelle by Scott Pickett, Melbourne

January 15, 2016

245 High Street, Northcote, VIC

Not in Melbourne. After a 30 minute taxi ride I discovered it was in Northcote. Last minute booking etc. Big open plan kitchen, lots of fawning customers. Running the gauntlet between style & substance. Green tomatoes are clearly ingredient du-jour. tuna, salmon, lamb, duck. Chocolate, Doughnut. Text book degustation. Worth the Uber.  


Sichuan House, Melbourne

April 26, 2015
22-26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne

Three words – cumin pork ribs. Helps a cheap bottle of white go down in 20 mins. 10/10. Would do it again.


Moon Under Water, Melbourne

April 25, 2015
211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

A cosy restaurant with a nice happy vibe. Excellent service. Very on trend food, well ‘cooked’ – radishes, burrata, charcoal cooked beef, granita.

Not a birthday, just two bottles of wine shenanigans.







Saint Crispin, Melbourne

April 25, 2015
300 Smith Street, Collingwood

Weekend away in Melbourne. I come here all the time for work, so why not spend more time…. A great evening – Interstellar at Imax. Dinner at Saint Crispin. Casual dining with serious food.

The Coq au Vin was one of the best dishes I ate all year – pressed thigh, leg pastille, poached breast with a dynamite chicken liver sauce.





Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne

April 25, 2015
92 Smith Street, Collingwood

Monday night tasting menu of Jian cuisine with matching Whiskies. What’s not to like? Answer: Nothing

Steamed custard with prawns, scallops, bugs. Black vinegar barramundi. Duck with red salad. Red braised pork belly. Gogi berry granite. Jasmine custard with burnt caramel.

Slightly hammered. Passed out on the plane on the way home.







Supernormal, Melbourne

December 13, 2014
180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000





Flower Drum, Melbourne

September 14, 2014
17 Market Lane, Melbourne

It’s been a while since my last post (again). Pics stay on phone etc.

So back in January. A morning meeting in Melbourne that ended early. An hour or so to kill before the return flight. A sneaky visit to this institution with my SAD.

A lovely room – big, airy, tables widely spaced. Ideal for heavy discussions.

Food was a real surprise – no frills, clean and simple. “Let the ingredients do all the talking” is not something I’d associate with Cantonese food. I was expecting big flavours, that didn’t really materialise. Maybe a symptom of my westernised experiences, but I wasn’t blown away. Would be worth a second visit.