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PIDAPIPO

A method spurred by history. A business inspired by family. Melbourne is well known for its love of gelato, so lovers of this authentic Italian dessert will be pleased to hear of the arrival of...
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RICE WORKSHOP: LAUNCH NIGHT

As far as launches go, the opening of Rice Workshop resembled something more of a cosplay convention than a restaurant opening. The spectacle of Harajuku Girls (and Boys) originates from Harajuku district of...
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ART + SCIENCE = TIA MARIA

In much the same way that you wouldn't expect a coffee liqueur and ginger beer to make much of a drink but end up pleasantly surprised, the re-branding of Tia Maria could be best described as a collaboration...
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THE BLUE ROOM BY ABSOLUT

Absolut put the 'Art' into party last week as it transformed new Melbourne hot spot, The Manhattan Lounge, for an Australian first initiative called The Blue Room by Absolut. The Blue Room saw influential...
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STATE OF GRACE

In a city where the bar and restaurant culture is among the best in the world, it is hard for a new comer to stand out. State of Grace, Melbourne's latest entry into the food and drink scene, left a...
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REVIEW: THEIC TEA BAR

Tea lovers rejoice! The opening of Theic Tea Bar in Collingwood has brought speciality tea to the fore of Melbourne's cafe scene, with an establishment dedicated to the wonders of tea. Opened by Nathan...
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WHO’S YOUR SHANDONG MAMA?

Dumplings have become an institution in Melbourne for the young and old – from the cheap and “dirty” dumplings of Shanghai Dumplings which caters for the masses of hungry uni students, to the elegant...
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1806 WINS 2 BAR AWARDS

Iconic Melbourne bar, 1806, won two Bartender Magazine Bar Awards recently, after being nominated for an unprecedented 7 Bartender Magazine Bar Awards. Owner, Lisa Kelly, and the teams at 1806 and The...
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THE FLEMINGTON FLING COCKTAIL

An iconic cocktail that can be recreated at home, the signature Schweppes Flemington Fling is the perfect drink trackside this year during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Created by Dave Kerr of Melbourne's The...
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A TOUCH OF… HIGH TEA

Do you yearn for a simpler time when people swanned about drinking tea, eating sweet things and generally enjoying a luxuriously lazy Sunday afternoon?  Well then you have not yearned in vain good people,...
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WINTER WONDERLAND

Like some sort of budding annual event the Queen Victoria Market's Luna 1878 Night Market is back again this year, and this time it’s personal.  Just when you thought there was absolutely no reason to go...
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POK POK ON THE DOCK

To the majority of Melbournians, Docklands might as well be antipodean to where they lay their heads. It is in fact a mere block away from the CBD and thanks to a few clever cooks, there's a new reason to...
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THE SPIRIT OF WINTER

If, like most warm-blooded mammals, you have been suffering through the recent icy blasts - so cold they could extinct a dinosaur - then it’s high time you warmed yourself up with a stiff drink.  However,...
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LITTLE BIG SUGAR SALT

Little Big Sugar Salt. What is in a name? Can a person look like a 'Terry'?, can Sue from marketing be just like the Sue from accounts? Well, where Little Big Sugar Salt is concerned, finding out what's in...
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ADENEY MILK BAR

There are a couple of things that make up a great cafe in Melbourne. Location, atmosphere, good coffee and tasty food. The newest addition to Kew, has all these ticked, but in a slightly different...
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MULLED WINE GUIDE

With the mercury dropping, at a fairly rapid rate in Melbourne, it's time to say goodbye to peachy Pinot Gris and Rose on balmy summer afternoons. Instead, it would be far more appropriate to warm the soul...
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FIFTY ACRES

With a name that alludes to a rather large amount of space, Fifty Acres is a surprisingly cosy spot. Nick Gaoutsos and his team have settled in on the retail end of Bridge Road, providing shoppers the perfect...
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BAR AMERICANO

After closing down the lauded Der Raum to start Gamsei, "a produce driven Der Raum 2.0" in Munich, Matt Bax has left Bar Americano (and soon to come Bar Economico) in its wake. But far from an ode to the...
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NEW KUM DEN

Located just off China Town’s main strip,  awaits Cantonese restaurant, New Kum Den. As I entered the venue, the resurgence of kitsch Chinese restaurants about town came to mind - which, for me, was...
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OMBRA SALUMI BAR

Ombra Salumi Bar is a fresh seedling with roots that run deep in hospitality culture. Having opened in November by Guy Grossi and managed by his son Carlo, the salumi bar next to Grossi Florentino, began...
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DOMINIQUE PORTET WINERY

There's nothing more romantic than a day spent ankle-deep in a vineyard, sipping on some of our state's finest. At Dominique Portet, this rural fantasy is only one hour away. Nestled deep within the Yarra...
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THE BRUNSWICK MESS HALL

The Brunswick Mess Hall opened last Wednesday night (16th of Jan) with a bang. Brunswick's first beer hall is a welcome new addition to Sydney Road's night life. The huge space has a communal feel and aims...
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BY DAY AND BY NIGHT

What do some of Melbourne's leading restaurants have in common with our favourite DC comic characters? No, they're not fighting off crime with their spatulas or turning potato sacks into capes. Across the...