Ides

Ides I’d read somewhere that well regarded fine dining restaurant Ides offered regular menu testing evenings where you get a look at some soon-to-arrive-on-the-menu dishes and/or some more experimental stuff. This sounded like a decent idea to me not least because the menu is offered at $70 so is a relatively inexpensive way to find …

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Osteria Ilaria I had been given a strong steer from the restaurant manager at Amaru that I should check out Tipo 00 and/or its next door sister place Osteria Ilaria. I found Tipo characteristically busy so headed to Ilaria which while also buzzing had a couple of potential corners into which to squeeze me. I …

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Innocent Bystander With the AFL Grand Final turning Melbourne into a seething mass of footy fans, we decided to get out of Dodge and head to wine country for a Saturday sojourn. The Yarra Valley was our target with the first stop to be Innocent Bystander for some stomach-lining sustenance. I was joined once more …

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Mjølner

Mjølner My frame of reference on Viking theme bars isn’t great, even after having kicked off this particular journey into the unknown in Copenhagen. So it was with equal parts trepidation and pioneer spirit that I popped into Mjolner for an evening of who knows what. Through an impressive iron-studded wooden door, you are presented …

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University Cafe Lygon Street in Melbourne is home to their Little Italy district. This means a succession of restaurants and cafes, some dating back to the early 60s, offering all manner of Italian treats. This is added to by a parade of other restaurants reflecting the city’s developing identity as a major cultural melting pot. …

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