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

Bawa

A beautiful, modern space with high ceilings and swedish-style furniture, Bawa opens itself up to light, love and good food. The atmosphere is relaxed and staff are welcoming, and once you get your hands on the menu, you know why this brunch venue is filled with happy faces and happy stomachs. Hot Choc ($5.0) was … More Bawa

Milkwood

A lovely unassuming cafe tucked away in the quieter part of Brunswick East, Milkwood looks like a small cafe, seating a handful of tables. However, once directed to the back, ‘through the French Lattice’ we are greeted with a well lit urban eating space which is charming and comfortable. The Chocolate Malted Milkshake ($5.5) is … More Milkwood

Mary’s – Sydney

In a bar called Mary’s, you better believe their Bloody Mary ($18.0) represents. Served with grilled cheese and a crispy slice of bacon, you couldn’t really go wrong. The actual drink tastes like a meal, a bacon meal; and is suitably thick but slightly sour given the alcohol counterpart.   The mash and gravy ($5.0)  was like … More Mary’s – Sydney

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

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

Snag Stand

I am a very big fan of Snag Stand, a small pop-up-style shop at the corner of Melbourne Central’s “cool side” on La Trobe and Swanston. They are slowly expanding their creatively named ‘haute’ dogs and all of them sound promising. They have a buzzer style system so you can nick off across the road or … More Snag Stand