Month: June 2011

Eat streets, Restaurants

The Estelle: a taste of Basque country in Northcote

A change of direction at The Estelle with chef Ryan Flaherty There a little bit of Basque country foaming away in Northcote, at the relaunched The Estelle, best known previously for the knitted cuts of meat hanging on the wall. How much foam diners in Northcote – or indeed Melbourne – can take is the question that perplexes me. The food (and foam) coming out of the kitchen of the newly installed chef Ryan Flaherty, which was recently bought by […]

Bars & pubs, Drinks, Eat streets

Start queueing for Bar Americano

Like its name, the fit out of this latest Der Raum spin-off is very slick and let’s say Americano. That’s slick tiling and panelling. The narrow bar inset with copper. And the fact it’s very very exclusive, allowing only 15 people in at once. That means while you are there sipping you hanky panky (above) behind the shut gate, late coming friends have to wait in the cold with nothing but Melbourne’s smallest artspace, the Twenty by Thirty gallery, to […]

Eat streets, Fish restaurants

St Peter’s: Melbourne (fish) place

There are many complicated questions to answer on sustainability and eating fish. Should I eat farmed fish is one? What about tinned tuna? That has to be completely unsustainable I’m guessing. Thankfully, St Peter’s on Melbourne Place does all the thinking for you so you can relax and concentrate on eating truly delicious fish accompanied by decent Italian wine I wasn’t in the mood for a whole fish and was just up for a quick lunch so chose the Spaghettini […]

Advertising, Food blogs, Restaurants

27 social media tips for restaurants

Broadcast across multiple social media platforms thanks to Instagram. Today I’m on a panel at Food Service Austalia with Matteo Pignatelli and Robelen Baja talking about social media and marketing for restaurants and caterers. My specific topic is how to deal with negative comments but also how to use social media. I know this is a little off topic from restaurant reviews and recipes but I thought my thoughts jotted down over a couple of coffees (Sumatran Wahana Estate Magic […]

Eat streets, Port Melbourne

Crabfest at Omah’s

I‘ve always though that the time to eat mud crab is full moon. But apparently it doesn’t matter as long as you don’t eat them in the summer months, a bit like oysters,and they are good now. Not only are mud crabs delicious but as long as you aren’t eating spawning females they are a sustainable seafood too. And that means you can eat as much crab as will make you burst which is exactly what I did at Omah’s […]

Eat streets, French, Restaurants

Guillaume gets it right

The original Bistro Guillaume was an extravagant affair, a lusciously fitted out space with a scary wine list and prices that reflected it. The chef behind the restaurant, Guillaume Brahimi, admits he made a mistake. Now closed and reopened in the space that once housed Philippe Mouchel, he’s got it right with his head chef Graeme McLaughlin who was a sous chef at Guillaume at Bennelong and was at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck for four years. What remains of the […]

coffee, Cooking, Drinks

Q: Does Fairtrade matter in Australia?

A: It didn’t used to but increasing in Australia we are buying into the idea of Fairtrade, as these charts show. This week Harriet Lamb director of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK is visiting Australia, a leader in certification of the ethical sourcing of products. The fact is that Europe has been leading the world in sourcing Fairtrade goods for some 18 years while in Australia in the past five or six years we have only come to buy […]

Eat streets

And the KitchenAid winner is…

Win a KitchenAid mixer in the colour of your choice thanks to Kitchenware Direct Songs, poems, pictures. And ideas for parties and blog redesigns (coming soon, which I’ve been saying for two years). It’s been two long months since I launched my win a KitchenAid kindly donated by KitchenwareDirect – with a bit of self interest to promote this blog, my Twitter profile and Facebook fan page. First I’d like to thank everybody who has entered, getting into the spirit […]

coffee, Eat streets

Everything you wanted to know about coffee (but were afraid to ask your hipster barista) part 2

Check out Everything wanted to know about coffee (but were afraid to ask your hipster Barista) part 1 I‘m drinking coffee made from beans that are one month old. The beans are from the Bambito estate in Nicaragua. They are arabica, from from a mutation known as Caturra. It’s here in Australia because Nolan Hirte, owner of Proud Mary in Collingwood, brought them back to be followed shortly by 450kg he sourced directly. It’s the big change in coffee locally […]