Carlton

M. Truffe goes Willy Wonkers

M. Truffe goes Willy Wonkers

M. Truffe: now open at 351 Lygon St (in addition to Smith St, Collingwood) It’s a dream come true, Thibault Fregoni aka Monsieur Truffe tells me. It’s the first day his new cafe and chocolate factory (351 Lygon St, near Blythe St, behind a red door but without any signage yet) is open and he is excitedly showing us his new toys. When I say factory I should explain. To date most people in Australia are chocolate melters, including M. […]

I’m not embarrassed to say I like the veggies at Carlton’s Embrasse.

I’m not embarrassed to say I like the veggies at Carlton’s Embrasse.

Embrasse, 312 Drummond St, Carlton, Vic 3053 (+61 3 9347 3312) you can check out my full photostream for Embrasse on Flickr here. Me and 312 Drummond St, we’ve got history. Maybe it’s something to do with Carlton. First a misplaced booking at Mrs Jones professionally sorted out by Jackie when she was front of house. The dinner on a shared table was fun but the cold fish wasn’t. Then upstairs as Three, One, Two. A fortnight between courses, a […]

Soggy cardboard stuns in Panama

Soggy cardboard stuns in Panama

Sometimes the difficultly is deciding whether to soften the blow. It’s the new year and and heaven knows, despite being miserable now, I may as well be nice. Climb the dodgy staircase and enter through the plain fire door to a stunning room. On a sunny evening at The Panama Dining Room (Level 3, 231 Smith Street, Fitzroy) the light is astonishing. It illuminated everything. The plastic laundry baskets reconstituted into lamp shades are clear for all to see. I can […]

Empire kebab

Empire kebab

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0tT4__1jS0 350 292]Where: Lambs, 98 -100 Lygon St Carlton Vic, 3053 +61 3 9663 5636 How was it: great When:After Factory Woman. Sienna Miller is excellent as Edie Sedgewick. Guy Pearce is too good looking to play Andy Warhol but is weird and camp enough. Think Felicia Jollygoodfellow. What else: Roast chicken and other stories by Simon Hopkinson. $9.95 Readings, 309 Lygon St, Melbourne +61 3 9347 6633

Wednesday pie porn

Wednesday pie porn

A home made steak and kidney pie sits upon an island of mashed potato stranded in a sea of peas drowning in brown gravy at The Hotel Lincoln (91 Cardigan Street +61 3 9347 4666). What more do you want to celebrate the cold, wet squalls on the eve of the winter solstace? Well, a log fire, possible some beer – stout I guess – and plenty of red wine.

Banished to where there are fat people but very little food

Banished to where there are fat people but very little food

Witty cigars turn out to be the most substantial part of the meal. I had hoped to escape my theme of the cost of a restaurant food per dollar. A high cost per minute is bad in that you are possibly eating to fast. A low cost per dollar and you are eating to slowly, not always by choice. And so it was at Three, One, Two ( 312 Drummond St, Carlton Vic 3053 +61 3 9347 3312) the latest […]