Hobba

Set in a hip gutted out warehouse style concrete decorated building, Hobba evokes an image of pram-moms who come with their very young children and sit and catch up over coffee. It is, after all, highly spacious, and one of the few cafes in Melbourne which can afford to do so. The Pea and Halloumi … More Hobba

Bomba Downstairs

I definitely did not expect the warm and inviting atmosphere when I walked into Bomba – I thought it would be another loud, messy pub/bar type atmosphere where it would take aeons to be served a drink. I was very pleasantly wrong, the menu was tantalising and the bar staff helpful and friendly. And complimentary … More Bomba Downstairs

Cutler & Co.

A beautiful night at Cutler & Co will set you back $130 per person plus a $100 service charge. It’s expensive, but it feels so right. To celebrate a special occasion here will definitely be remembered by all members of the party. Cutler is a set out in a few different ways, a bar-style seating … More Cutler & Co.

Bluebird Espresso

Bluebird Espresso has an unassuming storefront in Collingwood but judging by the wait time and significant lines, it is definitely a popular spot for brunch in the North. The decor is cute, the waitstaff hipster trendy and the dishes mouthwatering. Toasted cornbread w/ avocado, salsa fresca, poached egg & jalapeno drizzle + chorizo ($17.5 + $2.5). Though … More Bluebird Espresso

Vapiano

Vapiano has developed an incredibly interesting ordering concept for their good quality Italian food. Diners are given a card resembling a credit card, which is used to track your order throughout each station (pasta, pizza, drinks, dessert). Their claim to fame is freshly made pasta and pizza bases, so you can either wait for your … More Vapiano

BBQ Throwdown – Newmarket Hotel vs Hellenic Republic

The semi-annual BBQ Throwdown, hosted by Newmarket Hotel and featuring a worth contender (Kong last year, Hellenic Republic this year) is an event I am super psyched to attend each time. A $85 buy in buys you a six course meal from the BBQ Gods, unlimited EtOH in the form of wines, beers and cider, … More BBQ Throwdown – Newmarket Hotel vs Hellenic Republic

Gazi

The other lovechild of George Calombaris, Gazi is the newer-more-stylish-less-expensive-simpler-street-food younger sister to the old Press Club (where a main would go for about $50, or, your left arm). I immediately love the decor, which takes you to the streets of Greece, terracotta pots are placed on the ceilings in a lazy wave, and the … More Gazi