South of Johnston

Quick Thoughts: Crispy bacon with french toast and maple syrup? Sign me up! So you might notice that there are a lot of photos of South of Johnston itself and only one photo of the food itself.  Well, that’s because it’s a really nice space, but really it’s because we waited for over 40 minutes…

WonderBao

Quick Thoughts: Serving up delicious and carefully prepared ‘baos’, or rather, Chinese style ‘tacos’, WonderBao has easily built and filled a niche that Melbourne wasn’t quite sure that it lacked. Bringing modern takes on the humble steamed bread buns called ‘Bao’, they feature a menu that shows off modernised takes on the aforementioned along with…

La Luna

Quick Thoughts: Unpretentious, yet elegant would best describe La Luna. It’s a place where I’d happily take a family, yet would have no issue taking a date either (assuming they’re a little carnivorous). You can tell that flavour was the first directive, and it shines through in La Luna’s dishes. And although some of the dishes may…

The Burger Lounge

Quick Thoughts: Now there’s been quite a bit of fanfare (maybe in my social circles) surrounding the The Burger Lounge, and much of it is warranted. They serve up what is ultimately the traditionally “Australian” burger with many a twist depending on what you choose. My pattie had cheese in the pattie, which is pretty ridiculous. But…

Rockwell & Sons

Quick Thoughts: Great value, delicious food, an evolving menu, consistently attentive service and a relaxed ambient setting. Is Rockwell my favourite restaurant? Almost. Most definitely my favourite casual restaurant, but maybe not overall…their desserts do seem to be a bit lacking. Which leaves me to only imagine my joy once they start nailing those sweet…

Auction Rooms

Quick Thoughts: An antique in terms of its age in cafe-years within Melbourne, Auction Rooms continues to still deliver the goods, despite this. Although its years on top of the cafe scene may be behind them, Auction Rooms still has enough in the tank worthy of repeat visits; and its large and open setting adds a great…

Little Big Sugar Salt

Quick Thoughts: I think a repeat visit needs to be in order to truly solidify my verdict. But as of right now, their food is pretty great, but small in portion (especially considering they’re meant to be “big” in size), which means that it’s not great value, and I’m not a fan of feeling as…