Shandong Mama

Shandong Mama is a popular dumpling house inside Bourke St Arcade, always with a (largely asian) crowd gathered outside it’s glass windows. They are cash only, don’t get caught out! Each dumpling is handmade lovingly by ‘Mama’ Wang, the co-owner and mother of the other half of Shandong Mama, daughter Ying Hou. Naturally dumplings aren’t the most … More Shandong Mama

Mr Miyagi

Among the many amazing eateries on Chapel St, Mr Miyagi stands out as a modern Japanese fusion restaurant. The line snakes out the door, and the wait time close to 90 minutes, however it is a favourite I will keep coming back to. The setup consists of high bar stools and a smattering of tables, and … More Mr Miyagi

Menya Sandaime

Building on the 24 hour Russell St corner in the CBD, Menya Sanadime has opened next to Stalactites and offers an asian option to late night cravings post partying/clubbing/shenanigans. An unassuming traditional Japanese shop front, a sign boasts 24 hour service, though I chose to dine at a respectable hour. Inside, you are greeted with Irasshaimase from all … More Menya Sandaime

Kong BBQ

  Kong welcomes you into it’s Korean x Japanese arms with a brightly lit semi-communal dining space set in Richmond (across the road from Top Paddock). The staff are incredible helpful, friendly and keen to recommend their favourite dishes. The chefs cook in front of you at an open bar, and the dishes are smashed out, eager … More Kong BBQ

Kazuki’s

There are many beautiful places in Daylesford to spend a weekend away – eating, relaxing and pampering yourself. Kazuki’s would definitely be high on that list, a modern Japanese Australian fine dining restaurant which prides itself on perfection. The wait staff are very attentive and reinforce the lovely relaxed, casual atmosphere. Each dish comes out with … More Kazuki’s

Mrs Kim’s Grill

Korean BBQ has never been my favourite as I always end up hungry, smelling like smoked foods and forking out a lot of money. That being said, you can’t deny the just-cooked delight of meat on a grill in front of you. Enter Mrs Kim’s in Carnegie (which used to be an epic all you … More Mrs Kim’s Grill