Best eating in Melbourne to date. This restaurant is doing splendid things with the freshest ingredients possible for a low, low price tag. Have a Kir Royale to start and let the food whisper sweet nothings in your ear.
Pellegrini's, 66 Bourke St, Melbourne.
Coffee taken very VERY seriously. So seriously, in fact, that I have yet to see the bloke behind the machine crack a smile. Excellent ricotta cakes.
Journal Canteen, 253 Flinders Ln Melbourne
Not really a menu, more a directive, with only a few things on the menu, this is an exercise in trust. Excellent cannoli! Only low point was the stove-top coffee but forgiveness as they say is divine, especially if there's more cannoli in the offing.
Mario's 303 Brunswick StFitzroy
Old-school waiting staff, old-school menu, (for lord's sake don't ask for a decaf, flat white or skinny milk). I bet the waiters could circumnavigate the Sahara, short-black in hand and not spill a drop.
The Press Club - We booked a table for dinner here on our first night in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the well-oiled machine that is Virgin Blue Airlines saw fit to sit us on the tarmac for four hours before take-off. Instead of the Press Club our in-flight meal options were a soggy egg sandwich and a bashed-about mars bar! #@!@#@^%%#@ The restaurant receptionist and I bonded over our mutual loathing of Virgin Airlines.
Yu-u - A natty little Japanese place in the centre of the city. It came highly recommended to us and looked hep and happening but we couldn't get a table. Give yourself a good half an hour before your booking to find this place. It's at 137 Flinders Lane but you need to enter via Oliver Lane, look for the sign about the size of your fingernail.