Charcoal Lane I have generally had a poor hit rate in linking up with friends of friends and those “oh, you must look up…” connections in travels so far, so I crossed the threshold of today’s lunch venue, Charcoal Lane, in hopes of improving things. In this case my link was with chef Nic, who …

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Amaru The recommendation to give Amaru a visit came from the outstanding chef at Meta. As she dazzled me with some exquisite dishes, I made the booking using that handy interweb thing. I pass on thanks once more both for the excellent meal at Meta and for the recommendation. Amaru is located in the bridal …

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Vue de Monde The second stop in my three consecutive high-class lunches, which started the day before at Maha, was at Vue de Monde, flagship restaurant of Shannon Bennett’s empire of bars and eateries. It had been recommended to me via the book that the folks at Les Amis had gifted to me the week …

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Maha After a couple of acclimatising days, my trip for lunch at Maha represented the start of three consecutive days of diving in to some of Melbourne’s premier places. Maha is a middle eastern restaurant run by chef Shane Delia who is very well regarded in these parts. The restaurant is in an elegant, mood-lit …

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Delhi Streets After a nice couple of pots in the early evening sunshine at Arbory, my Melbourne guide and guest quester Amy suggested some dinner at an Indian place a short wander away. That sounded like a splendid idea to me. The place is buried in amongst various office buildings and has the feel of …

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