Lûmé

Lûmé

Last weekend, I went to Melbourne for my birthday. I initially chose to go to Melbourne as I had missed out on a Fat Duck table and wanted to dine at Dinner by Heston. Having been to Dinner by Heston in London, I knew it would be a great experience. Sadly, it was not...
Gelato Messina

Gelato Messina

Where do I start? How can  begin to do Gelato Messina justice? They wee voted the Best Gelato in The SMH Guide 2011 and they have not slowed down since. To my delight, they now have branches in Darlinghurst (complete with a Dessert Bar), Surry Hills, The Star, Bondi,...
Intercontinental Melbourne: High Coffee

Intercontinental Melbourne: High Coffee

I can’t believe this concept hasn’t taken off all over Australia, or at least in Melbourne – the city of coffee. But as far as I know, the Market Lane Bar in The Intercontinental is the only place in Melbourne that offers offer High Coffee as well as the usual High...
The Builder’s Arms Bistro

The Builder’s Arms Bistro

I wish I could say I dined at The Builder’s Arm’s Moon Under Water fine dining restaurant, but on this occasion I dined with friends at the Bistro. I wasn’t disappointed though. It is just like the famous gastropubs in London. The beer garden in particular reminds me...
Naked in the Sky

Naked in the Sky

I dined at Naked in the Sky with a few Melbourne friends on a Saturday night in November 2013.  Naked (both this roof terrace and the more casual Bar de Pinxtos downstairs) are part of the Melbourne trend to not take bookings. This is quite frustrating for those of us...
Movida Aqui

Movida Aqui

I had eaten at Movida Sydney 8 months earlier, but was excited to be finally dining at one of the originals in Melbourne, Movida Aqui. Phew, they also had Slowly braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree on their menu. Who would have thought I could...
Attica

Attica

After overtaking Quay Restaurant in Sydney, Attica in Melbourne was named the 32nd Best Restaurant in the World last year, the highest in Australia! They were also voted Restaurant of the Year 2015 by Gourmet Traveller magazine. I was extremely lucky as my generous...