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Cecconi’s

For me Cecconi’s has long been one of the mainstays of fine dining in Melbourne.  My first recollection of someone I trusted raving about a fine dining establishment was a restaurant manager friend of mine who said Cecconi’s Cantina (back when it was located the Crown Casino Complex) was the finest Italian restaurant in Melbourne. […]

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The Hotel Lincoln

The Hotel Lincoln is one of Melbourne’s newest rejuvenated historic pubs.  The pub is art deco and the theme of the deco period has been sensitively references with the furnishings and art.  Located on Carlton Street on Cardigan Street the pub features a small outdoor area on the footpath, a bar area and a wonderfully […]

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The Point

The Point has always been one of Melbourne’s best spots for romantic dining.  The view of the city and the lake along with the contemporary dining room have been a long standing favourite for the in the know diners in Melbourne.  New owners have now placed their stamp on this iconic Melbourne restaurant and their […]

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South of Johnston

One of Melbourne’s best kept secrets for a place to meet for breakfast or lunch is South of Johnston.  It has great food, superb service and an intriguing design with an edgy location in the Collingwood warehouse district.  South of Johnston however has one thing that sets them apart from the others.  They have an […]

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5 Point Deli and Longhorn Saloon

I have often said that Melbourne is the greatest city in the world however it has always been missing one thing, a great bagel.  I am pleased to announce Melbourne is complete!  The brother duo who gave us Le Bon Ton have just opened up their newest venture in Carlton, a two story multi purpose […]

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Northern Git

If you don’t live in Thornbury you should.  Bars, cafes and restaurants are all popping up at an amazing speed.  What is more remarkable than the speed is the quality of these new venues.  Case in point Northern Git.  It makes living in Thornbury that much better. Northern Git is the invention of Michael Slade […]

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Pope Joan

Pope Joan is named after the medieval legend of the woman who posed as a man and reigned as Pope for several years.  This venue is just that a powerhouse unassumably disguised as a neighbourhood cafe in Melbourne’s north.  Pope Joan is one of my concierge friend’s favourite restaurant/cafe/bar combos.  He has been raving about […]

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Discover High Street Northcote & Thornbury

As a concierge I spend a lot of time recommending places that are easily accessible to my guests.  Most prefer to enjoy locations that are within a few kilometres of the city centre and the hotel.  There is a huge variety of great things to see and do within these parameters, but there is more […]

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The Estelle and ESP (The Estelle by Scott Pickett)

The Estelle has always intrigued me.  Fresh, bold and outside the main geographical area one would think of for fine dining.  What that brings to the table is a fresh approach to dining.  Neighbourhood style, with families, friends and singles all enjoying an excellent meal matched with very special wines all at a very reasonable […]

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St Crispin

  Every once in a while the universe aligns and your very high expectation are surpassed, even blown out of the water.  Say hello to St Crispin one of my new favourite restaurants. My experience at St Crispin was perfect.  To my delight and surprise some old friends from restaurants past were there to greet […]

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Le Bon Ton

Darlin…….you had me at southern style buttermilk fried chicken! Le Bon Ton is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s hottest in the know restaurants, cocktail bars and absinthe saloons.  Located on Gipps Street in Collingwood this conversion from the old Glass House nightclub has brought life back into this glorious old pub. Themed as an American […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing.  Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Melbourne

Here are my 10 favourites things to do in Melbourne! Take the Hidden Secrets Laneways and Arcades walking tour – This is the best Melbourne tour encompassing art, architecture, history, pop culture, shopping, fashion, cafes, restaurants and bars; they have it all!  If you like this tour they also do several other amazing tours (coffee […]

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Top 10 Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

  Enjoy a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.  In summer enjoy Shakespeare under the stars or a harp concert with performances every Tuesday.   In winter enjoy the camellia gardens which will be in full bloom. Wander through the historic Yarraville village and enjoy the many shops, cafes, bakeries and pubs that this wonderful suburb […]

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Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are my top 10 favourites for fine dining in Melbourne Vue de monde Cutler & Co The Estelle St Crispin  Ezard  Cecconi’s  Donovans Epocha The Point  Elyros Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free to subscribe to my blog […]

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Melbourne’s Best Retailers

Melbourne is renown for the best shopping in Australia, so here is your shopaholic guide to the city. My list is a selection of the best retail experiences Melbourne has to offer.  Shops include local designers and international brands.  Each store provides the best in design, innovative products and service. I hope you have fun […]

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Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Melbourne is renown around the world for being one of the world’s great foodie cities.  What’s special about Melbourne is that not only do we have great restaurants, Melburnians also have a passion for  dining out.  Restaurants are one of the main social outlets for our city and Melbourne’s culinary arts are showcased in kitchen […]

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Top 10 Coffees in Melbourne

Here are my 10 favourite cups of coffee in Melbourne Patricia Bonnie Coffee Brewers Proud Mary St Ali Brother Baba Budan  De Clieu Market Lane Code Black Long Shot Cherry and Twigs Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free to […]

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Donovans

Gail and Kevin Donovan met while working at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne back in the 1980’s and a match made in restaurant heaven was born.  Years later Gail and Kevin harnessed their passion for food, wine and hospitality and to the benefit of all Melburnians Donovans was born. Donovans has been at the top of […]

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Bodega Trapiche, Mendoza Argentina

Photos from my recent outing to Trapiche Winery in Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery was built in the late 1800’s and is one of Argentina’s best and most historic wineries.  The experience was second to none thanks to resident sommelier and our host Gaston.  The pictures speak for themselves.  Trapiche is a must visit when in […]

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Fatto Bar & Cantina

One of the great pleasures in life is finding something wonderful and new.  It’s even better when it has been staring you in the face the whole time. Fatto Bar & Cantina is just that place.  Situated right next to the stunning Princes Bridge Fatto Bar & Cantina is exactly what Melbourne needs, a great […]

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Stokehouse City

I had great expectations for my visit to the new Stokehouse City for two reasons.  Firstly the building itself which is one of Melbourne’s best examples of Victorian architecture used for a restaurant and secondly to see how the decor had been change since its previous incarnation as another restaurant.  I had many fond memories […]

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