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So Thai tapas & street food, Melbourne, Australia

Day 3 out of COVID lockdown had more Melburnians out and about on Friday afternoon so a couple of us headed out to a Thai restaurant opposite the Queen Victoria Market on Peel Street.

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Hana’s Kitchen, Melbourne, Australia

After 112 days of lockdown Melbourne has started to rouse from it’s slumber. A couple of us were looking to get out and about in the slowly opening city. We ended up at Hana’s Kitchen for a Japanese meal.

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Benchwarmer, North Melbourne, Australia

With Melbourne in stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions looking at stage 4 over the next couple of days I thought it would be an opportune time to introduce you to a great bar, now operating as a bottle shop that offers delivery to the local area, that opened at the wrong time. Benchwarmer is just northwest … Continue reading Benchwarmer, North Melbourne, Australia

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Dikstein’s Corner Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Half way between The Mitre Tavern and The Irish Times is another bar called Dikstein’s Corner Bar.

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The Mitre Tavern, Melbourne, Australia

The Mitre Tavern is touted as the oldest building in Melbourne and has stood on this site since 1868. A classical Gothic facade on the outside, and low doorways, and undulating floor, inside a testement to its age.

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Little Chef Chinese Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

Saturday lunchtime, COVID-19 lockdown, feeling hungry after a quick shop. Heading home I knew there was a chinese restaurant on Wills Street so I thought I’d swing by and see if it was open.

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The Irish Times, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has some really good Irish bars, and The Irish Times on Little Collins Street is no exception.

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Il Nostro Posto, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve always viewed Hardware Lane between Bourke and Lonsdale Streets as a bit of a tourist trap. The restaurants and bars along this stretch are good but you’ll probably end up paying a “tourist tax” as the prices are a little on the high side… and don’t get me started on the touts! A little … Continue reading Il Nostro Posto, Melbourne, Australia

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Boilermaker House, Melbourne, Australia

Biolermaker House up near QV in the Greek Quarter is another great whiskey bar – up on par with Beneath Driver Lane.

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Hallah, Melbourne, Australia

I recently welcomed my second half century and some good friends wanted to take me out for a feast. I choose Korean BBQ and they chose Hallah close to the Queen Vicrotia Market.

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90 Secondi, Melbourne, Australia

Docklands in Melbourne has been slighed as a bit of a wasteland in the past. It’s certainly not as attractive food and beer wise as the main CBD on the eastern side of the railway lines. But one shining light is an Italian restaurant called 90 Secondi.

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Rooftop at QT, Melbourne, Australia

The QT Hotel on Russell St, where the Greater Union movie theatres used to be, has a modern rooftop bar called Rooftop at QT.

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400 Gradi, Melbourne, Australia

After our beers at Temple Brewing we made the short walk across Lygon Street to an Italian resturant called 400 Gradi. It was probably just 100 metres away. As I would find out later 400 Gradi is a chain of half a dozen or so restaurants – we visited the Brunswick one.

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Temple Brewing Company, Melbourne, Australia

A couple of kms up Lygon Street, about 25 minutes on the after work peak hour tram, is a small brewery called Temple Brewing.

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Beer DeLuxe Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia

Beer DeLuxe is, as the name suggests, a bar for beer lovers. For many years Federation Square was derided as a bit of a wasteland and inner city blight, but thankfully there are now some decent options for food and drinks.

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Imperial Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

Another good rooftop bar in the Melbourne CBD is on top of the Imperial Hotel on the corner of Bourke and Spring Streets.

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Bourke Street Green, Melbourne, Australia

For as long as I remember the forecourt of the RACV Club building on Bourke Street has been a bit of a wasteland. I don’t think I ever saw anyone out there. The club obviously recognised it was a great space that was under utilised so they’ve opened up a bar called Bourke Street Green … Continue reading Bourke Street Green, Melbourne, Australia

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Goldilocks, Melbourne,Australia

Apart from a little sign high up towards the awning on Swanston Street there’s not much pointing you towards Goldilocks, a small, but very good rooftop bar.

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Stalactites, Melbourne, Australia

Just up the road from Tsindos is another great Greek restaurant called Stalactites. It’s a bit of a Melbourne institution.

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Transport, Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne summer weather… you have to love it… 10 degrees one day, 37 the next, and lets’s throw in a thunderstorm and hailstorm or two for good measure.

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Tsindos, Melbourne, Australia

Lonsdale Street in the CBD opposite the QV complex is Melbourne’s little Greece and is where you will find Tsindos.

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Hopscotch, Melbourne, Australia

Hopscotch is a bar and restaurant in Melbourne’s Southgate precinct just south of the river across from Flinders Street Station.

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O’Kane Vietnamese Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve always been partial to Vietnamese food. Melbourne has some great Vietnamese restaurants and O’Kane Vietnamese Restaurant on Sydney Road is one of those.

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Prudence, Melbourne, Australia

North Melbourne has a very good selection of small, but excellent, bars. Prudance is one such bar.

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Town Hall Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Errol Street in North Melbourne is a short, but interesting, tram ride from the Melbourne CBD on which you find the Town Hall Hotel.

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David’s Spicy Pot, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve been to this interesting place a couple of times now.

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Father’s Office, Melbourne, Australia

Father’s Office in the QV building at the corner of Swanston and Little Lonsdale Streets, overlooking the forecourt of the State Library, has been one of my favorite places for a drink for a while.

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Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Budapest is a little bit out of the city in Elsternwick just a stones throw from Elsternwick Station

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Troika Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Another excellent little bar in the city is Troika Bar on Little Lonsdale Street.

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The Coopers Inn, Melbourne, Australia

It was the Thursday before Christmas and The Coopers Inn was going off. It’s right next to Telstra corporate headquarters.

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Papa Gino’s, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve been eating at Papa Gino’s for the better part of 30 years and I still love their food. Thankfully my mates also love it so there’s never an argument when anyone wants to eat here.

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Melbourne Central Lion Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

Up on level 3, near the cinemas, is the Melbourne Central Lion Hotel that’s modelled on a typical English pub.

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Tooborac Brewery, Tooborac, Australia

After a day at the Heathcote Food and Wine Festival with a mate we’d loaded the back of the car with many dozens of bottles of wine and proceeded to make our way back to Melbourne, but not before a pitstop at the Tooborac Brewery.

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Pinball Paradise, Melbourne, Australia

If you like pinball then you will like this place as it is, as the name suggests, a Pinball Paradise.

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Gourmet Curry Hut, Melbourne, Australia

I am very much a sucker for a good curry as is my mate. Tonight we happened past the Gourmet Curry Hut in the Hub Arcade and headed on in.

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Mamak, Melbourne, Australia

I first ate at Mamak in their Sydney Chinatown restaurant a good 10 years ago. They eventually opened a Melbourne restaurant which I’ve eaten at occassionally over the intervening years.

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Chuckle Park Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Where else but Melbourne would you find an old caravan in a laneway in the centre of the city serving beers… welcome to Chuckle Park Bar.

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CHIMAC The Korean Bistro, Melbourne, Australia

I have a soft spot for Korean crispy fried chicken and there is a decent restaurant called CHIMAC up near the Queen Victoria Market on Peel St.

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The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, Australia

The Drunken Poet is an Irish pub just north of the city opposite the Queen Victoria Market.

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Bar Americano, Melbourne, Australia

If you’ve been to Melbourne you’ll know that the centre of the city is a maze of small laneways that host all manner of bars and restaurants. Bar Americano is off a laneway that’s off a laneway.

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The Lincoln, Melbourne, Australia

On rubgy world cup semi-final night The Lincoln seemed like a little bit of New Zealand in Melbourne.

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Trunk, Melbourne, Australia

Trunk is a restaurant bar on Exhibition Street that was the site of an 1850s synagogue – I’ve even heard of it as being the first synagogue in Melbourne. It’s now been restored into today’s venue.

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Toto’s Pizza House, Melbourne, Australia

Toto’s Pizza House on Lygon Street is touted as the first pizza restaurant in Australia, but I don’t know if that is myth or fact.

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Malaysian Laksa House, Melbourne, Australia

If you like laksa you’ll like Malaysian Laksa House on Elizabeth Street.

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Workshop, Melbourne, Australia

Workshop is another place I’d walked past many times but never went into. That changed during the week and I’m glad.

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Sarawak Kitchen Express, Melbourne, Australia

Sarawak Kitchen Express is a cheap and cheerful Asian eatery on Franklin St. We arrived around 7:30pm on a weeknight and the place was pretty empty. From memory there was only one or two tables occupied.

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The Rainbow Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

After Naked For Satan we headed to a bar closeby that I hadn’t been to for close to 25 years, The Rainbow Hotel. Walking in it looked almost the same as the suburban pub did all those years ago.

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Naked For Satan, Melbourne, Australia

Today a friend suggested we venture out of the city to their old stomping ground of Fitzroy for some drinks and dinner. Our first stop was Naked For Satan on Brunswick Street.

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Captain Melville, Melbourne, Australia

If you went to RMIT in the ’80s or ’90s you undoubtedly would have had atleast one drink in a pub on Franklin Street called Mac’s (whose name still adorns the front of the building if you look up). Mac’s has been rebranded to Captain Melville and the grungy student vibe has been replaced with … Continue reading Captain Melville, Melbourne, Australia

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Mahn Doo, Melbourne, Australia

Mahn Doo is a Korean Dumpling Bar and Restaurant in the centre of Melbounre. It’s literally a stones throw from my place and I’ve been past it hundreds of times but never throught to go in. This evening I was having a drink with a friend and we decided to give it a try.

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La La Land, Melbourne, Australia

Another place I’d walked past many times and never ventured into was La La Land.

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Bobbie Peels, Melbourne, Australia

A couple of minutes out of the city on the 58 tram route, just past Queen Victoria Market, is a great little “suburban” pub called Bobbie Peels.

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Water Flame, Melbourne, Australia

I walk along Little Lonsdale Street several times a week and have walked past Water Flame atleast a hundred times and never went in. That changed today.

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NikuNiku, Melbourne, Australia

A Japenese restaurant opened up closeby a couple of years ago. I’d visited a couple of years ago and had some really decent yakitori so as I was out in town one evening I thought we might as well give it another try.

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Melbourne Whisky Room, Melbourne, Australia

After our disappointing laksas we walked to Russell Street and went to the Melbourne Whisky Room which is the upstairs part of Whisky and Alement.

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Laksa Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Laksa Bar is an asain resturant up near the corner of Exhibition and Little Lonsdale Streets in the Melbourne CBD. After a couple of drinks afer work at TRUNK with some current and former colleagues we needed to find somewhere to eat closeby. I’d walked past Laksa Bar many times, and it was always well … Continue reading Laksa Bar, Melbourne, Australia

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Gypsy and Pig, Melbourne, Australia

Gypsy and Pig, located at the corner of Little Lonsdale and Hardware Streets, is a well patronised Japanese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD and it specialises in Japanese pork dishes.

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Good Heavens, Melbourne, Australia

Good Heavens is a roof top bar on top of Fancy Hanks where Tuscan Rooftop used to be. We headed up here as we waited for our table at Fancy Hanks to become available.

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Fancy Hanks, Melbourne, Australia

I’m very much a carnivore so when a friend suggested that we head to Fancy Hanks on Bourke Street for dinner mid mini rooftop pub crawl it didn’t take me too long to say yes.

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Bomba Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve been to Bomba rooftop a number of times now and they’ve doubled the size of the bar in the past 18 months or so. Bomba is up the east end of Lonsdale Street, pretty much opposite the Marriott Hotel.

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Retro Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

I have a mission to try to find all the rooftop bars in the Melbourne CBD and today I headed off to Retro Rooftop which is, as the name would suggest, a rooftop bar situated on top of Club Retro in Lonsdale Street.

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Cookie Rooftop, Melbourne, Australia

Cookie Rooftop has been through a refurb of late which has helped reduce the absurdly long lines that were the bane of drinkers lives in the past.

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Whitehart Bar, Melbourne, Australia

Whitehart Bar is on Whitehart Lane in the centre of the Melbourne CBD behind JB and Micheals Camera. It’s a newer container bar that has a non-smoking area downstairs and a smoking area upstairs. Think of it as a more upmarket version of the original container bar Section 8.

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Section 8, Melbourne, Australia

Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane is the original container bar. Two containers for the bar and toilets, shipping pallets for seats and 44 gallon drums for tables makes up a truly unique laneway bar.

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Loop Roof, Melbourne, Australia

Loop Roof is another great little laneway, rooftop bar in Melbourne. It’s on Meyers Place in the building next to Lane’s Edge.

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Beneath Driver Lane, Melbourne, Australia

Beneath Driver Lane is a funky little bar with a speakeasy vibe in the basement of the building next to Penny Blue on, you guessed it, Driver Lane, off Little Bourke Street opposite the old GPO.

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Lane’s Edge, Melbourne Australia

Lane’s Edge is a small bar at the top of Bourke St that is reminiscent of the small beer gardens of your local pub from yesteryear.

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Penny Blue, Melbourne, Australia

Down a little laneway called Driver Lane off Little Bourke Street is a craft beer bar with an ecclectic fitout.

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Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia

It had been a little while since I’d been to the Curry Vault in Bank Place but having seen an episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise International (episode Hot & Spicy Paradise 2) that featured the Curry Vault’s Lamb Vindaloo I decided that I had to visit again. The publicity must have worked … Continue reading Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia

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Ramen Restuarant, Ground Floor, 323 La Trobe St, Melbourne, Australia

Gotta be honest… don’t even bother! Foodwise, if you’ve been to Japan you WILL be disappointed by the ramen served here! Secondly – recently the rules around credit charge surcharges were changed in Australia. A lot of businesses were using credit card surcharges to add to their profits, rather than treating the costs as a … Continue reading Ramen Restuarant, Ground Floor, 323 La Trobe St, Melbourne, Australia

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Garden State Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

I don’t normally walk along Flinders Lane but have now been here two weeks in a row after Supernormal last week.

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The Elysian Whisky Bar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

Are you a Whisky fan? Do you like tasting gems that you’ll probably never see again. If you answered yes to both of these then you should jump on the number 11 tram and head down to Brunswick Street Fitzroy.

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Supernormal, Melbourne, Australia

Supernormal, on Flinders Lane, has been buzzing everytime I’d walked past it.

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The Mint, Melbourne, Australia

The Mint is a reasonable bar and restaurant situated in the gatehouse of the former Royal Mint in Melbourne.

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Dosanko Larmen, Melbourne, Australia

I’d just gotten back from my second Japan trip and was on my way with a mate to hopefully watch Hawthorn continue on their journey for their 4th consecutive AFL premiership. I’d walked past this particular restaurant many times mid afternoon when it was closed, but this evening it’d be open and we’d be walking … Continue reading Dosanko Larmen, Melbourne, Australia

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The Hardware Societe, Melbourne, Australia

I’m not normally a brunch person, normally opting for a sleep in and then some coffee at home on a weekend morning, rather than having to do the whole shower and dress routine on a day of leisure. But today was different. A friend who was a former colleague from interstate was in town and … Continue reading The Hardware Societe, Melbourne, Australia

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Magic Mountain Saloon, Melbourne, Australia

I didn’t even know that place existed until a friend suggested that we meet there for a late lunch. Magic Mountain Saloon is a Thai / Australia fusion restaurant. The meals are just scrumptious!

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Cornish Arms, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

I have a mate living up in Brunswick, and rather than him coming into the city for beer and food I sometimes jump on the tram and head 20 minutes north. Brunswick is a quick tram ride up Elizabeth Street, Royal Parade past Melbourne Uni and then Sydney Road. The Cornish Arms is a largish … Continue reading Cornish Arms, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

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Pure South, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia

Had lunch with some colleagues and a business partner at a restaurant in Southbank that I’d walked past a hundred times but that I’d never eaten at. Pure South ay Southbank is smallish and overlooks the Yarra.

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My first Myki experience — not good

Today I tried to use my myki card for the first time and I was less that thrilled with the experience. Myki, for non Victorians, is an ill conceived, incompetently designed and built, ticketing system that Victoria is trying to roll out that is currently several year overdue, hundred of millions of dollars over budget, … Continue reading My first Myki experience — not good

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Cookie, Melbourne, Australia again

Another great meal at Cookie on Swanston Street this evening.

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Supper Inn, Melbourne, Australia

I’ve been to Supper Inn many, many times. I would hazard a guess that its getting up to 20 0r 25 times.

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The Mill, Melbourne, Australia

It amazing how dead the Melbourne CBD can be on a Sunday evening. Started off with a couple of beers at the Westin in Collins Street where we’d decided that a decent steak was in order for dinner. Headed over to The Meat and Wine Co at Southbank. However, the queue at the door told … Continue reading The Mill, Melbourne, Australia

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Hairy Canary, Melbourne, Australia

I’d planned to head off to the Melbourne Comedy Festival this evening, but me being lazy I didn’t bother to try to book tickets until yesterday, at which time I found out that there are many, many people out there who aren’t lazy as I am, and that they’d already snapped up all the tickets … Continue reading Hairy Canary, Melbourne, Australia

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Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia again…

I’d been to this restaurant probably 6 weeks or so ago. We were in the city on Saturday evening, looking for somewhere to get a beer and a meal. The beer was forthcoming at the Turf Bar (previously The Turf Accountants, site of the Great Bookie Robbery in 1976 during which $1.3 million was stolen, … Continue reading Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia again…

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Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia again…

Told you I liked this place! Had a colleague down from Sydney working on a project and we’d decided that a couple of beers were in order followed by a feed. We met at the Mitre Tavern and couldn’t be bothered moving too far, so I pointed up Bank Place to the Curry Vault and … Continue reading Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia again…

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Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia

A friend had told me of a great Indian restaurant in the Melbourne CBD. Yesterday I had the opportunity to give it a try, and I have to say that this is the best Indian restaurant I’ve  eaten at in Melbourne in a long, long time. The Curry Vault is in Bank Place near the … Continue reading Curry Vault, Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne Yacht Club Hotel, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia

It was a public holiday in Melbourne, and the weather wasn’t too bad, so had lunch with a friend down at Docklands in Melbourne. Not having been to the restaurant area of Docklands before, we walked the length of the food strip and finally came to Melbourne Yacht Club Hotel. It wasn’t too busy (maybe … Continue reading Melbourne Yacht Club Hotel, Docklands, Melbourne, Australia

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It’s been a day of eating and drinking, across and between two countries

I’m off to New Zealand for a training course for a week, Auckland to be exact. So this morning started off in Melbourne, where I got up at an uncivilized 8am (for a Sunday) and ended up in my hotel in Auckland… and along the way I’ve had a heap of pretty good food. The … Continue reading It’s been a day of eating and drinking, across and between two countries

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The Meat and Wine Co, Melbourne, Australia

In case you hadn’t quite worked it out yet, I’m a sucker for a good slab of dead cow, medium rare. Earlier this week I turned the big “4 oh-no”, yep, I’m officially a dirty old man. To celebrate, or is that to commiserate, a mate who I’ve know for about 20 years, since Uni … Continue reading The Meat and Wine Co, Melbourne, Australia

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Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

A mate of mine had a night off from his missus and daughter, so we decided that we’d have a couple of brews and a bite to eat. Discussions were had over a couple of pints of Carlsburg to decide just where to eat. Rose Garden, Chili Padi, Supper Inn, Papa Gino’s… but then I … Continue reading Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

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Cookie, Melbourne, Australia

Cookie is a bar / restaurant on Swanston Street in the Melbourne CBD. You never know it was there unless someone told you as its actually on the first floor.

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Chilli padi, Melbourne, Australia

It’s been a while since I’ve written about a Melbourne restaurant… probably a testament to the amount of travel I’ve been doing lately, but since I’m on leave from work for a couple of weeks I thought I might as well share my local haunts.

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Dragon Boat, Melbourne, Australia

What is it about Melbourne and good Chinese restaurants? I headed off for lunch today with my parents, two of my sisters, brother-in-law and one of the munchkins (one of my nieces) to have Yum Cha at the Dragon Boat in Little Bourke Street.

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Supper Inn, Melbourne, Australia

Supper Inn is a Chinese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD.

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