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Alinea - 1st Dec 2009
I know it's a Melbourne-based website, but 28 courses and 4.5 hrs at the number 10 restaurant in the world deserved a mention, at least! Forgive the poor photo quality, but I wanted to get these pics up quickly. Since Alinea is in Chicago IL, not Melbourne AUS, I won't write a formal review, but will make a few blog-style notes when get back. In the mean time, the photos below might give some ide...
Style: Modern American
Address 1723 N Halsted St. Chicago
 
Anada
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3065
Style: Tapas
Address 197 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
 
Annie Smithers' Bistrot
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(03) 5422 2039
Style: French
Address 72 Piper St, Kyneton Vic
 
Attica
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9530 0111. Reviews
Attica - 28th Aug 2011
Far too long between visits

A lot has happened between now and the time I last visited Attica. It's gone from having the AGFG "Dish of the year" to being 73rd best restaurant in the world in 2010, to being the 53rd best in the world (according to the San Pellegrino restaurant awards). I've changed a lot too, I've eaten at award winning restaurants in Melbourne and around the world, ... Attica - 4th Apr 2009
Wow.

For me, the Gourmet Husbands dinner at Attica was an eye opening experience. As I begin to write this review, I am feeling significantly out of my depth, I don't even know where to start. Who am I to comment on a restaurant which attained the title of 2009 Restaurant of the Year in The Age Good Food Guide? Who am I to discuss the pros and cons of ingredients I've never ...

Style: Modern
Address 74 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
 
Aux Batifolles
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(03) 9481 5015
Style: French
Address 400 Nicholson St, Fitzroy
 
Bella Vedere
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(03) 5962 6161 Reviews
Bella Vedere - 6th Mar 2010
It's not often you see a hand-written menu, or chefs in a garden picking what will soon be on your plate, but for me, those two small things told me exactly what I wanted to know: this is why the locals recommend Bella Vedere.

We were celebrating my wife's birthday, but had booked by chance, wanting to try something new while we were in the Valley for the weekend. Bella Vedere tries to ...
Style: Regional French-Italian
Address Badger's Brook cellar door, Maroondah Highway, Healesville
 
Bistro Flor
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03 9381 4443 Reviews
Bistro Flor - 8th Oct 2008
Midweek (whoops - and weekend!) gem

Flor is one of those restaurant/bars that got it right - it's hard to strike the right balance between casual bar and restaurant food, but when a place gets it right, it's fantastic. Flor used to be a bit more relaxed, a winebar that also served tapas. It changed hands recently and has cranked up the food side of things to serve more serious meals...

Style: Modern Australian, Italian influence
Address 555 Nicholson St, Fitzroy North
 
Bistro Guillaume
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(03) 9693 3888 Reviews
Bistro Guillaume - 26th Feb 2010
Hard to spell, easy to eat

Once again, we needed an occasion spot. This time the celebration of me being a Gourmet Husband for two years, previous to that I was merely a Gourmet Fiance. The short list was whittled down to two: The Deanery, and Bistro Guillaume. We settled on the latter*, and made our way down to Crown on a sunny Saturday evening to check it out. ... Bistro Guillaume - 6th Mar 2009
A birthday indulgence

Step inside Bistro Guillaume and you're immediately hit by what it isn't: a gaudy, loud casino restaurant with ritzy glamour dishes and snooty wait staff.

Guillaume Brahimi's Melbourne venture is a probably a more understated venture than it's Sydney counterpart (although having not been yet, I can't really say that legitimately). Mind you,...

Style: French
Address Crown Casino, Southbank
 
Cafe Zum Zum
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(03) 9348 0455
Style: Middle Eastern
Address 645 Rathdowne St, Carlton Nth
 
Chin Chin
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8663 2000 Reviews
Chin Chin - 4th Dec 2011
Great food, great drinks. Currently extremely fashionable (read: no bookings, hard to get in). Funky. Noisy. Massive menu, all of which I wanted to order. Want to go back, but will have to wait until the next big thing opens so I can get a table here. ...
Style: Thai
Address 125 Flinders Lane
 
Chin Chins at Koto Moon
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03 9349 4545 Reviews
Chin Chins at Koto Moon - 22nd Oct 2008
A sentimental affinity

I must get my disclaimers out of the way at the start of this review. I have somewhat of an emotional attachment to Chin Chin's at Koto Moon. Sarah and I have been coming here for years, for birthdays, anniversaries, valentines days etc. We took our friends here when we got engaged; I even had my buck's dinner here.

With that out of the way it ...

Style: Pan-Asian
Address 647 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton
 
Church Street Enoteca
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03 9428 7898 Reviews
Church Street Enoteca - 3rd May 2009
Another Reason To Ignore Lygon Street

The Italian word Enoteca has the literal translation: wine repository. This is something that Church St Enoteca in Richmond has taken to heart, with a wine list that would be called extensive if I were to understate it, but more on that later. As we wandered in from the cold Melbourne evening, we were cheerfully greeted and shown...

Style: Italian
Address 527 Church St, Richmond
 
Coda Bar and Restaurant
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9650 3155 Reviews
Coda Bar and Restaurant - 24th Jul 2010
Another night at the bar

It was another impromptu Friday night dinner for Sarah and I after another kind of average work week. After ringing around and realising we weren't going to get a table anywhere with such late notice, we decided ...

Style: French / Asian Fusion
Address 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3003
 
Comme Kitchen
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9631 4000 Reviews
Comme Kitchen - 18th Jul 2010

It's been a little while since our actual visit to Comme, but we had a really enjoyable time so I thought it best to put a little something up here.

Dave and I discuss it briefly on Podcast #26, so check...

Style:
Address 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne
 
Cookie
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03 9663 7660 Reviews
Cookie - 12th Dec 2008
Lunch on the run

At night, Cookie is one of those young, hip, happening places that makes me feel old. The food's great, but with dance music thumping away in the same room, I have a tenancy to sit grumpily waiting for my ear drums to burst so that I may have a moment's peace.

Now that that rather grumpy-old-man paragraph is out of the way, I can safely say that at lun...
Style: Cosmopolitan Thai
Address Lvl 1, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
 
Court House Hotel
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03 9329 5394 Reviews
Court House Hotel - 4th Jul 2009
It's been almost three weeks since we visited this North Melbourne local, so the details are starting to fade. Thankfully, Lachie is going to be visiting shortly, so I imagine he can fill in the gaps here and there. Until then, here are a few thoughts that immediately come to mind...

The building itself looks like your average 1960's pub, a little rough around the edges, sporting Carlto...
Style: Modern Australian, French
Address 86-90 Errol St, North Melbourne
 
Cumulus Inc.
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(03) 9650 1445 Reviews
Cumulus Inc. - 6th Apr 2010
A Monday That Didn't Suck

It had been a pretty average weekend, with work piling up and Sarah having a grand total of about 4.2 minutes free. After three very late nights infront of a computer, then a Monday at work, there was only one reasonable course of action. Out for dinner.

Once we decided to...

Style:
Address 45 Flinders Ln
 
Cutler & Co
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(03) 9419 4888 Reviews
Cutler & Co - 24th May 2011
It's just the vibe

Okay. I admit it. I'm a bad blogger.

It's been a long time between when I ate at Cutler & Co. and here I am attempting to write something about it. That's not supposed to be the way it goes, and some (and I'm often among them) that would say it is manifestly unfair to write a review of a restaurant so long after eating there. And it is unfair to a p...

Style:
Address 55-57 Gertrude Street Fitzroy VIC 3065
 
David & Camy Shanghai Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant
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(03) 9663 8555
Style: Chinese
Address 23 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne
 
Easy Tiger
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03 9417 2373 Reviews
Easy Tiger - 3rd Feb 2012
It's weird but it works

Easy Tiger, on Smith St, is yet another small restaurant focussing on "Street Food" from South East Asia. I love this concept, and I've become quite a fan of the offerings available to us in Melbourne along these ...

Style: Thai street food
Address 96 Smith Street Collingwood 3066 VIC
 

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