Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc

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A co-founder of Carlton’s D.O.C and his former head chef have teamed up to transform an old car-wrecking site into a buzzing, family-friendly space that gets moving at 7am and doesn’t stop until near midnight. And there’s room for 250 people, plus dogs. Continue reading “Urban Ground Is a Massive, All-in-One Food-Truck Park, Health-Food Cafe and Distillery in Mordialloc”

House-Made Pasta, Aperol Margaritas and Unmissable Tiramisu at Highett’s Swish New Italian Restaurant, Abbiocco

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Five years after opening Hampton Wine Co, a trio of hospitality vets is back in the restaurant game with this small, well-polished venue. Continue reading “House-Made Pasta, Aperol Margaritas and Unmissable Tiramisu at Highett’s Swish New Italian Restaurant, Abbiocco”

The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra

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The redesign, by award-winning Adelaide firm Studio Gram, features dramatic curved archways, terrazzo-topped tables and soft green sunshades. Step aboard for Ponystar Martinis, rosé-sangria jugs and – soon – an Asian-focussed menu. Continue reading “The New-Look Ponyfish Island Is a Slice of Palm Springs Smack Bang in the Middle of the Yarra”

First Look: Piccolina’s Sleek New Richmond Store Looks More Like a Cocktail Bar Than a Gelateria

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The fourth outpost has an industrial-chic fit-out by Melbourne firm Hecker Guthrie – and greyscale never looked quite so good. Plus, get your favourite gelato crowned by a new whipped-cream machine, just like in Italy.

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Melbourne’s Best Festive Foods (and an Apple Pie Gin) to Order for Christmas

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There’s Cannoleria’s GIY (garnish-it-yourself) panettones; a four-tiered cheese tower; Piccolina’s gelato-filled or Four Pillars’ gin-spiked Christmas puddings; a next-level chook with black truffles; Mörk’s decadent, chocolatey take on the mince pie; and more.

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For the First Time Ever, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Releases a Cookbook

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Ever wonder what the world’s top chefs whip up when out of their whites? Well, Massimo Bottura makes a nut-free pesto pasta; Mauro Colagreco of the top restaurant in the world does a fish stew, and Clare Smyth – soon to open a diner in Sydney – makes a fiery chicken stir-fry.
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Mr Brownie is Four Storeys of 70s and 80s Tunes and British-Indian Fare in South Melbourne

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The latest from the owner of Horn Please and Daughter In Law has a bar on each eclectic level – including one on the roof with city views – with vindaloo pies, samosa burgers and curry chips on the menu. 

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How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth

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A fusion of Arabic cuisines and the Mediterranean diet, Andalucian food is about the simple pleasures – affordable and unpretentious. It is Moorish food, within Moorish surrounds and it’s easy to let your stomach run wild – the food is vibrant and prices are reasonable. Continue reading “How to Eat Through Southern Spain Like it’s Your Last Week on Earth”

Eat Like an Italian: Try Cooking Three of Italy’s National Treasures

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‘Italian food’ is really a massive umbrella shielding the country’s highly-localised cuisines. The real discovery comes from finding out which dishes hail from where, and what they were born out of – be it poverty or triumph.

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Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With

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It’s a big call, but we’re going to make it. Kekou is one of the most exciting, forward-thinking restaurants we have visited in the last year. It’s a simple concept, done exceptionally well – pairing Australian 18 rotating craft beers with progressive Asian-inspired dishes. Continue reading “Video | Kekou is a Modern Asian Newcomer to be Reckoned With”

First Look: Fire-Roasted Clams, Charry Octopus and Whisky-Glazed Basque Burnt Cheesecake at Dakota, Port Melbourne’s New Dining Destination

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Chef David Green, formerly of Daylesford’s Lake House, is at the helm of this seafood-centric bayside diner. Continue reading “First Look: Fire-Roasted Clams, Charry Octopus and Whisky-Glazed Basque Burnt Cheesecake at Dakota, Port Melbourne’s New Dining Destination”

Video | The Trick to Quick? Pick-a-Stick

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There’s something truly human, almost caveman-like, about eating food off a stick. Well, Pick-a-Stick certainly caters to that, bringing shāo kǎo – the Chinese way of eating skewered food – to the CBD. It’s not a genre of Chinese food that has totally taken off in Melbourne yet, but we believe it will. Your choice of ingredients, either fried or cooked over coals. What’s not to like? Continue reading “Video | The Trick to Quick? Pick-a-Stick”

Video | When is There Not a Dinnertime Line at Hakata Gensuke?

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As soon as you step both feet through the door at Hakata Gensuke, “irasshaimase!” (welcome in Japanese) will boomerang back at you. Like a comforting bowl of ramen, the service often is, too.  Continue reading “Video | When is There Not a Dinnertime Line at Hakata Gensuke?”

First Look: A CBD Cake Shop-Slash-Cafe From Insta-Famous Baker Raymond Tan

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Step inside for Malaysian chicken-curry pies; egg-and-Spam brioche rolls; jazzed-up fortune cookies; and the signature kuih (petite, glutinous desserts flavoured with mung bean paste, coconut and more).

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Video | Taiwan’s Cult Boba Brand Xing Fu Tang Lands in Melbourne

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Xing Fu Tang is the first boba store we’ve visited in Melbourne that makes its tapioca pearls from absolute scratch – dough and all, made every morning. As such, the boba is comparatively softer and easier to digest.

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Video | Jinda Thai is an Abbotsford Favourite, Where a Family Bond Shapes the Menu

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“You gonna get your own dish? Don’t,” says co-owner of Jinda Thai, Park Tanpapat. “You’ve got to share it up,” he explains. “You gotta get a bit of everything, that’s how it should be.” That’s the way his family shared dishes; recipes gifted by his grandparents.

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Video | Oriental Spoon Offers a Great Introduction to Korean Cuisine

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Korean is one of the most searched cuisines on Zomato Melbourne. If you’re yet to acquaint yourself with it, Oriental Spoon is a wise place to start. Work your way through seafood hot pots, Korean fried chicken and the must-have experience that is Korean barbecue. Continue reading “Video | Oriental Spoon Offers a Great Introduction to Korean Cuisine”

Video | Vertue Coffee Roasters is One of Melbourne’s Best-Kept Secrets

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If the rest of Melbourne’s cafe scene has left you feeling a little weary, bank on finding plenty of solace here. The menu gets equal points for approachability and creative flair.

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Kisumé, Chin Chin and Hawker Hall Are Now Delivering Up to 10 Kilometres From Each Restaurant

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Lucas Restaurants has launched its own delivery service with a flat fee of $7.50. Order in deluxe sushi boxes from Kisumé, Chin Chin’s barramundi-and-ginger dumplings with XO sauce, or a coconut-y beef rendang from Hawker Hall. Plus, bottled cocktails and more.

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Video | An Italian Eatery That Confidently Caters to Coeliac Patrons

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It’s not often we come across an Italian restaurant specialising in gluten-free dishes. Many assume Italian food and gluten are inseparable, but Tina Persano, chef-owner at Brunswick restaurant Ciao Mamma, wants to put this misconception to bed. “Italy produces some incredible gluten-free pasta!” she says.
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