All posts tagged: Richmond

Feast of Merit

As much as I love brunch and trust me I really do, it does get a little bit samey. I mean lets be honest, you’re guaranteed the same breakfast favourites in some shape and form no matter where you go. And that industrial look and vibe is becoming so over used it’s almost losing it’s value and that’s a shame because when a cafe does it right it’s golden. However our little breakfast outing this weekend to Feast of Merit was a refreshing change. For starters it offers a Middle Eastern inspired twist on breakfast. Intriguing right. And we loved the decor, lots of distressed wood, plants, window seats and big windows flooding the place with light. And it didn’t look overdone. Keep talking… Unusually for a Sunday around 9ish it was eerily empty. Embarrassingly we were the first and only ones there but no need to worry they all started trickling in soon after we received our coffees and Virgin Mary’s. It’s become a breakfast staple. I enjoyed my soy latte so much I …

Económico & Exuberante

There is nothing more fun than finding a new bar to enjoy on a Friday night. That is until it starts creeping into winter which is what’s currently happening in Melbourne. As soon as it hits 5pm and gets dark then I have a strong desire to crawl into bed until morning. Anyone else? So if I have to brave the arctic temperatures and the pitch black then it’s got to be for something worth it. Thankfully we found two little places that are worth removing the slipper socks for… First up Bar Economico. Theres only two things we need to say about this is, it’s a rum bar and happy hour is between 6 and 7pm. Job done. I mean what else do you really need to know, except how quickly they can get you a $9 Mojito? This is a cool little bar, reminded me of an old caribbean shack where I’d expect to see old men sat on crates playing dominoes and drinking moonshine style bottles of dark rum. Cliché? Yeh maybe. My favourite part …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Pillar of Salt

I don’t really think Australia does lunch. Brunch yes. Dinner yes. But lunch not so much. I only realised this when we were trying to think of somewhere to go and I was stuck. I can give you plenty of places for all the Smashed Avocados and Benedict’s you could dream of but for a really good lunch date mmm not so much. In fact I don’t think we’ve really ever done lunch. So obviously that had to change. Of course laziness and hunger led us straight to a nearby cafe that we have been meaning to try out for brunch. Typical. But it was worth it because Pillar of Salt smashed it and is now our first proper lunch spot.   The café itself has the simple, industrial look that’s everywhere right now, lots of brick walls, quirky lights but it’s the courtyard out the back you want to head straight for. Grab a booth, sit back and order their Virgin Mary whilst you look through the menu. It’s a good way to start. Of …

King KONG

Yep. I went there, with a pun and also for dinner, I’d be pretty disappointed if we missed a chance for that reference don’t you think. And do you know what it deserves it’s little crowning because these guys know their stuff, they dish out some tasty food over at Kong. Jonny’s been banging on about going here ever since we first went to Chin Chin and let’s be honest from the sounds of it what’s not to enjoy, a Korean BBQ. Worth a little visit. So after blitzing every possible vegetable over the last few days and living off a soup free-for-all it was time to get back out and join the dinner scene, and Jesus we did it in style. Safe to say you’d think we were ordering as if we hadn’t seen food in decades. Huge food coma going on over here right now. But so so worth it. And trust me our expectations were pretty high since this is a relative of Chin Chins after all but thankfully they’re definitely working off the …