Video: Melbourne in a song!

I think Melbourne is my favourite place in Australia. Every time I go back I discover something new and fall in love with it just a little bit more. There is so much going on; yet it is so easy to escape to deserted beaches, vineyards and mountains. It is a city that is easy…

Review: Brighton Soul

Brighton Soul (129 Church Street, Brighton) When Mum suggested Brighton Soul for brunch, I had no idea what I was in for. It was love at first sight (seriously): the place was SO cute, light and spacious; it had a delicious looking cabinet fronted by some highly inviting gingerbread men, and it had lots of…

Review: Radio Mexico

Radio Mexico (11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda) Radio Mexico is located in St Kilda and serves up some pretty delicious Mexican food. I would budget about $50 per person for a drink, some shared mains and dessert. Although we were part of a group, everyone else was vegetarian so my boyfriend and I ended up…

Review: Vons Restaurant and Bar

Vons Restaurant and Bar (78 Hardware Lane) I’m sorry, but my most recent experience of Hardware Lane (I went last time I visited to a restaurant called Max) suggests to me that it is really just a tourist trap. It is so hectic! Waiters and owners are standing outside every restaurant along the lane, pressuring…

Review: Abstract

Abstract (157 Greville Street, Prahran) One of the added benefits of staying with friends when travelling means that you get to go to new restaurants that they already know are good. We were staying quite near Prahan for the first part of our trip, so a walk to Chapel Street was no big deal. Nichola had…

Melbourne

People have described Melbourne to me as being like ‘Wellington on steroids’ and after visiting there myself, I can’t really disagree. Think fashion, coffee, culture and sport; it is a continual hub of activity and a foodie’s dream. The public transport system is excellent (a possible point of difference to Wellington), there are so many…

Tokyo Tina

Tokyo Tina (66a Chapel Street, Windsor) Wow. This was a dining experience like nothing else I had in Melbourne; it was hands and shoulders above the rest. Hats off the chef, George Proudfoot, who absolutely blew my family away with some of the intricacies that he served us. From the moment we arrived we were…

Amigos

Amigos (Hardware Lane) Hardware Lane plays host to a few different restaurants, and a number of different cuisines. Amigos is located nearer the Lonsdale Street end of Hardware Lane, basically opposite Max on Hardware (see earlier post). Our waitress was lovely, she was always there when we needed her, but she wasn’t one of those…

Abbey Road Cafe

Abbey Road Café (129 – 131 Acland Street, St Kilda) Not really my kind of place, especially when visiting Australia (somewhere I perceive as having an abundance of fresh, tropical fruit) but it does what it does well. Combining generations of music (both in decoration on the walls, as well as blaring across the speakers)…

Rochford Winery

Rochford Winery (880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, Yarra Valley) I love eating at wineries. The food is always presented so beautifully, and it is rare that it is not of the highest quality as well. I was extremely excited to be visiting the Yarra Valley, and excited to sit down for a meal at one of…