Posts Categorized: Melbourne

Chin Chin’s $275 first birthday dinner with the awesome David Thompson was worth it

I had to think long and hard about attending this dinner. But the fooderati came and ate. $275 for a Thai meal. That’s 13 courses cooked by David Thompson and pretty much unlimited booze. I’ve never spent so much on what is a function meal but I’m glad I did sitting on the corner of the bar seeing David sweating over the woks and pestle and mortar rejecting dishes that weren’t good enough. Usually when you stuff 150 or so people in to a restaurant for a guest chef experience it isn’t quite up to what you’d expect. Here it was totally amazing with, for my western palate, a perfect balance of flavours (although some people were blown away by the chilli). I made me think of critic Stephen Downes review years ago where he gave David Thompson 20/20 for the perfect meal. It was one of the best meals I’ve eaten for years and I seem to have lost my critical facility. Sadly it will be a long time until David will be back in Melbourne. But you can always try Nahm in Bangkok.

Eating and drinking during a Melbourne winter

Try a canelé at Pei Modern for #melbwinter In summer we sit on the streets and on the rooftops. But winter in Melbourne is equally specially with plenty of dark warm rooms to hibernate in to eat and drink (in addition to the films, fireworks and footy). I’ve been asked with several other high profile Melbournians including Guy Grossi (Melbourne restauranter), Andy Murphy (DJ), Lauren Brain (Nova radio), Thom Whilton (Melbourne fashion blogger), Tim Blackwell (Nova radio) and Bianca Chatfield (captain of Melbourne Vixens, netball) to help promote the city in winter. QR codes will be at prominent city locations to offer extra information about Melbourne’s winter secrets and there are ongoing competitions and great prizes. It’s all about putting together the reasons Melbourne and winter are a perfect match. To coincide with the campaign the City of Melbourne has launched the newest edition of Hot Spots – the ultimate guide to the cross section of new restaurants, cafes, bars and retail that Melbourne has to offer. You can find out about more winter ideas on their website or via the twitter hashtag #melbwinter which I shall be contributing to. What are your favourite spots in Melbourne for winter?