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Bistro Vue

Sometimes I think it is quite funny when we miss out great places right under our nose. For me, Bistro Vue is one of those places. I had dined at the “big bro” Vue De Monde sometime back in 2014 and vaguely remembered a “Bistro Vue” but it took me until 2015 to try it,…

Axil Coffee Roasters

What makes a good brunch place? If you were to ask me, first of all the food needs to be excellent. Now I am not expecting to be served truffles, caviar or any other expensive ingredient. Instead, I am looking for “heart”. If you can give me a perfectly cooked scrambled eggs, you would’ve made…

Meat Wine & Co

There isn’t really much to say about good steak. Meat Wine & Co uses Monte beef, which they claim is a high-end line of beef from Angus cows as well as tender meat, good marble score and robust flavour. And yes, they do satisfy all their claims. I ordered the Wagyu Rib-Eye and it was…

Fifty Acres

First up, I love the decor of this place. The element that stands out most for me is the beautiful marble bench-top where you can eat your meals “counter style” in front of the barista and other staff. Oh, the coffee is on point by the way. I wish I had taken a photo of…

Hammer & Tong 412

Hammer & Tong is one of those iconic brunch places in Melbourne that actually lives up to the hype. What I mean by that is that they consistently produce food at a high level and constantly innovate, changing the menu from time to time. I am not exaggerating when I say that some of the…

Minamishima (Melbourne)

Minamishima is perhaps the first fully-specialised sushi-ya in Melbourne. Just one appetiser and you’re off to a 15-course nigiri set and a dessert to end. So the perennial question regarding Japanese restaurants has to be asked:how does it compare to Japan? Is it authentic (what does that term mean anyway)? My opinion is that it…

St.ALi (Melbourne, Australia)

There’s pretty much nothing more that I can write about St.ALi that hasn’t already been written. St.ALi holds a lot of pleasant memories for me. It was one of my first ‘proper’ brunch places and probably where I first learned the distinction between a Latte and a Flat White. Rightly so, because St.ALi’s coffee and…

Tempura Hajime (Melbourne)

Tempura Hajime is a “tempura specialist” restaurant. It sure looks like one on first impression: the counter seats and the wood counter along with the large copper pot for cooking tempura. I went here for lunch to have a look at whether this place has what it takes to rival the tempura-yas (tempura shops) in…

Kenzan’s Sushi Omakase (Melbourne)

Kenzan is a Japanese restaurant that has been around since 1981. I have been there a number of times over the past four years and I found my experiences to be very good. I particularly enjoy their sugaki (oysters in ponzu) and unadon (freshwater eel on rice). However I had never tried sitting at their…

Komeyui’s Sushi Omakase(Melbourne)

I went for a lunch sushi omakase in Komeyui sometime back in late 2014. And I was pleasantly suprised. The nigiri here isn’t bad at all, perhaps the best in Melbourne as far as ‘authentic‘ nigiri goes. ‘Authentic’ meaning that it tries to keep things simple and adheres to some of the standards required of…

Attica (Melbourne, Australia)

Many would want to dine at Attica simply because of its rating on the Top Restaurants of the World and the big price-tag so that they can instabrag. And as such many dine at Attica expecting the wrong things which is reflected in the “reviews” at Urbanspoon. Attica is, in my humble opinion, a place…