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20th Aug 2017
   

Our top 5's:

Dave and Alicia's Best :
  1 : Tetsuya's
  2 : Attica
  3 : Vue de Monde
  4 : Bistro Guillaume
  5 : Rockpool Bar and Grill
   
Lachie & Sarah's Picks :
  1 : Attica
  2 : Jacques Reymond
  3 : The Lake House
  4 : Pearl
  5 : Matteo's
   

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Alinea - Tue 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 wil...
 
Attica - Sat 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 th...

 
Attica - Sun 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)....

 
Bella Vedere - Sat 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 chan...
 
Bistro Flor - Wed 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 tap...

 
Bistro Guillaume - Fri 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'...
 
Bistro Guillaume - Fri 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 set...

 
Chin Chin - Sun 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 orde...
 
Chin Chins at Koto Moon - Wed 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 h...

 
Church Street Enoteca - Sun 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 t...

 
Coda Bar and Restaurant - Sat 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 ring...

 
Comme Kitchen - Sun 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 he...

 
Cookie - Fri 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.
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Court House Hotel - Sat 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 ...
 
Cumulus Inc. - Tue 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. ...

 
Cutler & Co - Tue 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 man...

 
Easy Tiger - Fri 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 ...

 
Embrasse - Mon 26th Oct 2009

I have one really big gripe that I need to get out of the way, which is almost totally irrelevant: the website. When will restaurateurs learn that flash-only, resolution restricting websites which are unusable on anything other than Mac or Windows running at 1280x1024 are incredibly annoying ...
 
Enoteca Sileno - Thu 23rd Oct 2008

Oysters and Bubbly

After spending a little time in Italy, it's hard to come home to cheesy Lygon st restaurants with the same worn out pizza and pasta menues. Enoteca Sileno couldn't be more different. There is so much more to Italian food when you're in Italy, and we'...

 
Esposito - Thu 1st Apr 2010

As the Easter weekend crowds started to spill out the freeways to grasp at a few days off work, we met up with friends for a quiet dinner at what is fast becoming a local favourite: Esposito. Formerly the Carlton stalwart "Toofey's", the seafood specialist has maintained a reputation for quality pro...
 

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