Gami Chicken and Beer

Gami Chicken and Beer Box Hill - Melbourne Food Blogger
GAMI CHICKEN AND BEER - BOX HILL'S DELICIOUS LITTLE SECRET Tucked away under an office building on Whitehorse Road in Box Hill, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs is Gami. I hadn't heard of it before today. Given the little "chicken bender" that my brother Phil and I have been on over the last couple of months, I figured when he suggested it that I had to go there! One would be forgiven for driving straight past this little restaurant. It's facade blends easily into the office building that ... Continue Reading

Hutch & Co Cafe, Lilydale

Three words: ALL DAY BREAKFAST. But not just any breakfast, a blissful sensory delight of a breakfast. We were so grateful to be introduced to Hutch & Co as it is an absolute gem of a cafe. When you visit, I would definitely recommend bringing along lots of friends. You will then have 'picking rights' to sample their menu choices! And you will want to sample everything! It's a beautiful, bright friendly place with lots of natural light, tantalising flavours and friendly staff. The Hutch ... Continue Reading

MoVida Bar de Tapas

MoVida is a particularly famous and well established Tapas style restaurant in the heart of Melbourne. They have truly mastered the art of tiny, favour packed dishes (only one or two bites) but also have wonderful bigger dishes which can be shared more easily. The flavours are out of this world but the prices are frighteningly reasonable, with tapas bites ranging from $3.50 to $6.50. It sits in Melbourne's most photographed laneways, Hosier Lane, which is widely renowned for its stunning ... Continue Reading

Siglo Rooftop Bar

Siglo is the rooftop terrace bar immediately above the legendary Supper Club on Spring Street. It can be a little bit hard to find if you're not yet initiated... just brave your way through the unmarked door to the left of The European. It is well worth the climb! High over Spring Street, the Siglo rooftop terrace offers a view right across this beautiful old part of Melbourne. You can see the stunning turrets of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the middle distance and admire the impressive ... Continue Reading

Naked for Satan – Tapas Bar

Hearing the words "Naked for Satan is AMAZING" for the first time will certainly catch your attention. Rather than being a cult, this is an incredible "Bar de Pintxos y Vodka" venue. Tucked inside a historic Fitzroy building, this was a secret vodka distillery during the time of the great depression. This was all thanks to Leon Satanovich, a Russian immigrant. The locals - in standard Aussie fashion - affectionally shortened 'Satanovich' to the nickname ‘Satan’. As the grandson of a vodka ... Continue Reading

Jansz Tasmania

What an absolute treat for the senses! Sensational sparkling, the finest of nibbles, and to top it all off - a fabulous flower arranging masterclass! Jansz Tasmania and The Flower Drum treated us to a really wonderful afternoon and evening. JANSZ TASMANIA SPARKLING COURTYARD We felt extremely fortunate to be invited to the Jansz Tasmania Sparking Courtyard during the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Far away from our warm, sunny afternoon in Carlton at the Royal Exhibit... Continue Reading

Cutler & Co.

The building of Cutler & Co., Fitzroy, is full of character (as well as amazing food!) as it used to be a metal works factory. Now, the high ceilings and raw brickwork are combined with modern furnishings to create an appealing space of greens, browns and whites. Whether you are ordering any of their amazing a la carte dishes or lashing out with the degustation, they will tantalise your tastebuds and give you a dining experience you won't soon forget. The Cutler & Co. Degustation ... Continue Reading

Rubiki Autumn Menu

Rubiki Ringwood Menu - Fresh, Free Range, Fast, Fabulous! Menu launches are always great excuses for celebration and we were thrilled to be invited to sample the new Rubiki Ringwood menu for Autumn, 2016. We were already familiar with their all day breakfast menu (which is always immensely satisfying). This gem of an establishment makes a point of using local producers wherever possible. They only use free range eggs, smallgoods and chicken. The fresh flavours are combined and balanced with ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Buddha Restaurant

You would be excused for thinking that Chocolate Buddha was a dessert bar, but no no, it is an amazing Japanese restaurant. Incredibly - given the location - the prices are exceptionally reasonable, and the food is reliably delicious no matter how busy they are. On this occasion, we went there quite late at night on the day of Chinese New Year. Not CNY *eve*, CNY *day*... the day when everyone is at home on the couch tired from the previous night's festivities! So we pretty much had the place ... Continue Reading

Yarra Valley Pork and Cider Festival

The brilliant minds of the Yarra Valley keep producing gem after gem. This time, some genius realised that the ancient combination of pig and apple had some further room to expand in a summery event with a festival atmosphere... how right they were! The Yarra Valley Pork and Cider Festival was born... Yarra Valley Pork and Cider Festival - The Food The fare was delicious! DELICIOUS! There was a lovely party vibe and everyone was in a cheerful mood. We had just got back from India so it ... Continue Reading

Japanese restaurant – Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya

Ichi Ichi Ku Izakaya is a delicious Japanese restaurant. It is a little sister to the much bigger and more established Ichi Ni on St.Kilda’s Upper Esplanade. Here, they serve tapas style dishes. Their sushi and sashimi are TO DIE FOR. Also, they cater for vegetarians and vegans when necessary and their prices are absolutely fantastic. We started out with crispy prawns with wasabi mayo and couldn't believe how fresh and tasty everything was. Japanese food is renowned for its simplicity ... Continue Reading

Innocent Bystander

Give into temptation! If you're peckish while in Healesville you should definitely visit Innocent Bystander. One of the first things you notice is that that the whole place has the comforting and friendly smell of freshly baked bread. Not overpoweringly so, but their bakery is definitely a core feature and it is evident in the air! Accordingly, we thought we'd start with and order of the fresh baguette with salumi and chose the Spanish cured pork leg from the many options. As we didn't have a ... Continue Reading

Senses Restaurant

Senses Restaurant, Templestowe, is a little treasure only a few minutes up the road. We happened to go there during a gorgeous sunset on one of the first warm days of spring so we took the opportunity to sit outside while we enjoyed our drinks and meals. First up we had the saganaki to share - but forgot to snap you a picture of that! This has happened with saganaki before! In any case it was very yummy. I ordered the garlic prawns... how very unlike me. ;) The prawns in question were ... Continue Reading

Sahara Moroccan Restaurant

Don't blink! It is too easy to walk straight past the inconspicuous magic door that leads upwards to (much) deliciousness high above Swanston Street in Melbourne! Sahara's Moroccan and Northern African cuisine is served amongst gorgeous tapestries, mirrors, stained-glass and lanterns on three levels. Overlooking the State Library, it feels tucked away but is really at the centre of everything at the same time. We only went to 'the kitchen' this time but look forward to trying out 'the bar' and ... Continue Reading

Fairfield Park Boathouse

Fairfield Park Boathouse is an iconic location where you can enjoy delicious meals and Devonshire Teas whilst revelling in the riverside atmosphere amongst the gum trees and the friendly ducks. We went there for a pre-wedding photoshoot for a gorgeous couple who will be tying the knot under our appreciative lenses next April. There was no way we were going to miss the opportunity to have some yummy tucker while on location. In fact... we went twice. Breakfast first - next the photoshoot - then ... Continue Reading

Maroush Lebanese Restaurant, Eltham

If she wants Thai and he wants Italian it can pay to 'split the difference' and go for Lebanese! It is a great midpoint between Asian spiciness and European heartiness. We were thrilled to bits with the delicious spread that Maroush Lebanese Restaurant served up to us in Eltham. The flavours popped, the herbs were fresh, and the seafood and meat were juicy. I ordered the Maroush Prawns. They were absolutely a 10/10 and I don't say that lightly! They were so aromatic and flavoursome. ... Continue Reading

Warran Glen Garden Centre & Cafe

Warran Glen's cafe is in a beautiful garden setting near the flowing Yarra River in Warrandyte. Tucked away amongst the tall gums, one could be forgiven for driving straight past! The smell of spring-just-around-the-corner was in the air when we took Ben's mum out for brunch on a brisk but pleasant Friday morning. . Scouring the brunch menu had Ben and his mother extremely tempted, but I was running just a little late. Gayle and Ben made sure they thoroughly sampled the coffee while ... Continue Reading

Top Paddock

Richmond, only a few minutes from Melbourne's CBD, is home to many places that will tickle your tastebuds. Top Paddock is amongst the cream of the crop - and they know it! They don't take bookings and are incredibly popular so you need to be prepared to wait. We waited for 45 minutes. Rather than physically standing in a line you can go and laze on the grass just across the side-street. Luckily the door-guy has a loud voice, you just need to ensure that you don't fall asleep in the sunshine... ... Continue Reading

Three Red Stripes, Doncaster

Whenever I eat Vietnamese food I always find the experience super fresh and super zingy. You can usually fill-up without feeling heavy... and if you do happen to feel like you're about to burst it is probably the delicious soup and healthy twists of lettuce and other greens that are filling you up! I have been so excited to find Phò (pronunced "Fur"!) popping up all around Melbourne recently. The meal we enjoyed at Three Red Stripes certianly impressed us. Phò is a type of Vietnamese ... Continue Reading

Barmah Park Cafe and Cellar Door

Sometimes you should just go for a drive and set aside time for a really, really good feed! Heading home from a Paws The Moment job on the Mornington Peninsula, we decided to visit a winery for a spot of lunch and a drink. We were so delighted with Barmah Park Cafe and Cellar Door! Utterly delicious! He ate: Slow roasted pork belly on a potato and celeriac puree with steamed greens, drizzled in an apple balsamic jus. She ate: Quite a bit of his meal. And also... Smoked salmon ... Continue Reading