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I really like The European. The food is always enjoyable and while it isn’t pushing too many barriers, I think its a great venue as it is dark, brooding and comfortable. I think it is equally a great place for a romantic dinner for two or a table load of friends. The European is also [...]

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I have a lot of fond memories of eating at Guru da Dhaba in Johnston St. I met my now sister-in-law there for the first time, had many a boozy boozy dinner there, and the first meal in our new house was take-away from there, eaten in the back garden while slugging champagne. A little while [...]

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We recently headed across to St Kilda for a meal to celebrate my birthday and Mr M & Saskia’s brother, W’s birthday. W’s birthday fell on a Monday this year, always a tricky night to find a restaurant that is open. S suggested Cicciolina, the St Kilda institution adored by locals and frequented by regulars. Cicciolina is [...]

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Mr M and I were lucky enough to be taken to Coda by S & C as a belated wedding present (thanks!). Coda is the new(ish) pursuit of Adam D’Sylva (ex Pearl and The Age Young Chef of the Year 2008) together with Mykal Bartholomew (ex MoVida) and Kate Calder (ex Taxi). Coda serves Asian and French [...]

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On a cracking mid-week evening I crossed-town for dinner at Ichi Ni with my mother and friends R and A, to celebrate A’s recent engagement. I rarely make it over to St Kilda but it really was a magic night, with that crazily blue sky, the sun setting and people everywhere sitting outdoors enjoying a [...]

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My friend (and fellow foodie) S remarked to me recently that, in her opinion, Isthmus of Kra offers some of the best Thai food in Melbourne. This is obviously a big call.  A couple of weeks after that comment I headed there with S and some other friends for a girly night out so I [...]

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The word on the street is that molecular gastronomy is over. That’s right, young-annoying-one-from-Masterchef-whose-name-escapes-me, it’s O.V.E.R. Apparently the new thing in food is an old thing in food: terroir.** (Not of wine, clearly, but of food.) This means that each dish should be an expression of its spatial and temporal location. It should reflect: the [...]

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Over the Australia day long weekend we headed down to Lorne for a few days. We decided to go on a little detour on our drive to Lorne and head to Loam, Drysdale which recently had a rave review from Larissa Dubecki in The Age. Now, I will admit that I have been less positive [...]

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The background to our meal at Humid was not auspicious. After booking in for a meal on Boxing Day several weeks in advance (which required a number of phone calls before I got on to a person – damn those relaxed Queenslanders), the restaurant phoned us on the day, first asking if we minded coming [...]

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On our trip to Noosa we also enjoyed a lovely meal at Japanese restaurant Wasabi. I was particularly excited as the Gourmet Traveller had rated it as one of the best regional restaurants in Queensland. We arrived for our 8.30pm booking to a full but relaxed restaurant. The entrance to the restaurant (above) faces the [...]

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