Heartattack and Vine

Quick Thoughts: From a couple of minds of the Wide Open Road team, comes Heartattack and Vine, an all day eatery that’s taken cues from the European model of a light breakfast, a quick hearty lunch, and a relaxed evening of aperitifs, good wine and cicchetti. The event itself was exceedingly busy, it seemed as…

The Bell Jar

Quick Thoughts: Tucked away on the outskirts of Smith St, this little secret goes about doing its thing serving up tasty wares in a relaxed aesthetic to what seems to be loyal locals. Looking for something that feels more like home? This is it. Don’t expect anything overtly special though, they do what needs to…

Night Noodle Markets

Quick Thoughts: Asian food lovers rejoice, the Night Noodle Markets have returned, and it’s both bigger and better than last year. Worried about the lines? Put those thoughts to rest, the larger size of the event and high amount of new stalls have left those ridiculous queues behind. I tried out Longrain’s offering of tumeric…

Pillar of Salt

Quick Thoughts: In some ways, Pillar of Salt is the Ying to Top Paddock’s Yang, smaller, a more independent type feel, a little dilapidated in style, and ultimately, more charismatic; Pillar of Salt stands as my preferred choice of cafe along Church St. Controversial? Maybe. While Top Paddock seems to scoop up the awards, Pillar…

Tuckshop Takeaway

Quick Thoughts: Take a seat and shut the front door; Tuckshop Takeaway delivers the very best burgers in Melbourne. Large juicy patties, melty cheese, and a range of extras; I have dreams about their burgers almost weekly still to this day. Along with creative milkshakes and softserve flavours that touch on your childhood, tasty jaffle…