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Up on Constance

This place and its new winter menu came to my attention via Instagram. It is certainly a social media avenue that I am discovering, as others have, is much better for piquing interest in food. We do, after all, eat with our eyes first. I had heard about the place, but as it is primarily []

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Pigout PopUp

I had seen the listing for the event in online publications, but hadn’t taken it seriously/paid much heed. An instagram photo of the star burger, however, changed all that (the KFP burger, more on that will follow). The restaurant is in one of the James Street complexes (the one with Lululemon at the prime exposure []

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White Mojo

White Mojo was one of the pre-determined destinations on the trip to Melbourne. Only open for a bit over a month, it had already managed to drum up quite a bit of hype, thanks to its cleverly intentionally pretty dishes. They are clued in to the notion that we eat with our eyes first, and []

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Botanica

Vegan and vegetarian food have never been a particular draw since college, when in an attempt to escape mystery, and on a couple of occasions raw, meat, I opted to be listed as vegetarian for meals. This, however, resulted in many overcooked vegetable stacks layered with nondescript fatty cheese, and frittatas that Italians would shudder []

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Shujinko

Ramen available 24 hours a day. How good does that sound? Shujinko, in Melbourne’s CBD, is an affirmation that other people think it’s a great idea too. Following a late plane arrival (after 2300), it was one of the few places guaranteed to still be serving food. After dropping our luggage off, we headed out into the cool []

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Glamorous Wok

Yes, it is a cheesy name. It looks like any other older-style Chinese restaurant from the outside. Well, not that you can really see into it from the outside, thanks to posters on the outside walls and a standing screen that blocks the inside of the retaurant from view when you slide the main door []

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Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns was another place firmly on the planned Melbourne brunch list after seeing many pretty food photos from it. We caught a tram out of the CBD on a typically overcast Melbourne winter’s day, and managed to get off a couple of stops too soon. With the threat of looming rainclouds, we quickstepped it []

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Genkotsu Ramen Toowong

Genkotsu Ramen has finally opened another outlet at a location closer to the city than Runcorn, which is a boon to ramen aficionados. We’d made the trip out to the original store a few times for the rich broth, but it is a bit of a trek further out than our usual jaunts. I’d say that []

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Soul Bistro

It has been a few years since I have been to Soul Bistro, and I’m sure that in that time new owners have taken over the restaurant. It was entirely different on this visit. Previously, it was more generic western/european food, more typical fare like steak and pan-fried fish. Now, it is more fusion food. []

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Sushi Edo

We stumbled across the first Sushi Edo that opened literally years ago now, in Newmarket. We were surprised by the quality of the sushi for a suburban shop, and at such reasonable prices. It is more than just your average sushi train. We followed them as they expanded into other outlets, in Nundah, and now []

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Zeus Street Greek

Zeus Street Greek is a new eatery in Southbank that has had its official opening just this weekend. As the name indicates, it serves Greek food. Souvla (which describes the style of roasting) pitas, dips and breads, salads.. The interesting thing for me about this place has been the marketing. It has been quite savy []

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Asana Capri

Let’s start off by establishing that I don’t believe in the Paleo propaganda. While the tilt towards whole and less processed foods is fair enough, cutting out entire food groups like grains and dairy based on the flawed understanding of what cavepeople used to eat and the flawed assumption that that is the best thing []

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Koko Black

Melbourne is here! Well, almost. Sort of. Ish. I’ve been watching the progression of chocolate parlours northwards over the years. First Max Brenner, then Chocolateria San Churro (which really sat dipping its toes in the water in Maroochydore for some time before before taking the plunge into Brisbane itself).. Finally, Koko Black has made it []

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St Baxter

For Mexican food that isn’t just tacos and burritos (though you can find those here too), make a trip to St Baxter’s. It lists itself as a Californian eatery, but the food and decor has a largely Mexican bent. On Brunswick Street, in the vicinity of New Farm cinema, is where you’ll find it. Painted []

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London Fields

Emerging from cavernous providore The Stores in West End is a blocky, whitewashed stone structure. Its signage is easily visible from the road. London Fields. The name conjures up images of an expanse of lush grass, a bit of mist rolling across it as sunlight filters through a stand of trees alongside. Someone in an ascot []

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