Category: Richmond

Ingredients & produce, Richmond

Oysters, ethics and stout

Oysters, once the food of the people. Now if you are interested in various different varieties you’ll be paying up to $4 in restaurants.That’s nearly $50 for a dozen and in my opinion too much. I want to eat them but can’t afford to pay that much.So I will often will buy them at one of Melbourne’s markets (pre-shucked if I’m feeling lazy) for about $1 each. The fact is that unless you are a cashed-up hedge fund manager the […]

Melbourne, Restaurants, Richmond, Swan St

Union Dining: quite literally slow food

The last time I had dinner with my accountant (yes, this is Adriane, not Ed) we chose to eat at the pork-driven Josie Bones. The Jew and the fish-eating vegetarian, and we had a great night. This time we’ve picked Union Dining, one of the hot new names on everyone’s lips. Firstly, if you’re trying to find it, look for the BP station at the far end of Swan St, it’s next door. Parking can be a challenge, and by […]

Bars & pubs, Drinks, gin, Richmond, Spirits and cocktails, Vodka

Drama at Der Raum

It’s about theatre. And Der Raum does it well. Gin – there’s a selection of all the good stuff – is chilled with liquid nitrogen. It boils in a glass jug with clouds spilling down its sides and along the bar counter. When the ice clears from the surface, it is safe to sip. And it is a good martini. A very clean martini. It’s not one that will bitch slap you in the face – although I like those. […]

Italian, Restaurants, Richmond

I forgot I was meant to die. But at least I unwittingly ate my last meal at The Grand Hotel

Vincisgrassi makes every other lasagne seems brutal. The Grand Hotel, 333 Burnley Street, Richmond +61 3 9429 2530 Hopeless. There I was talking about how this Vincisgrassi could be my last meal in September but I got the date wrong. I should have died at the same age as my father on the 5th August 2009, at least I always assumed I would follow in his footsteps. It is a huge disappointment to still be alive. I’ve failed in every […]

Melbourne, Restaurants, Richmond

Ron O’Bryan’s kicking goals for Richmond at Church Street Enoteca

Wine sir? Church St Enoteca, 527 Church St, Richmond, Victoria, 3121 +61 3 9428 7898 Full Church Street Enoteca photostream here. Saturday night is really bustling here. The room is huge and all people great and small are really enjoying themselves. I’m happy as I nab one of the banquet’s that define the art deco space. We’re all happy although perhaps that is something to do with the bottle of Billecart-Salmon we downed and a merlot, which was better than […]

Cheap eats, Melbourne, Richmond

Still searching for the best Pho. Or am I?

The seductive thing is the doorway and a sign. There is no other indication of what lies at the top of the stairs in the Thy Thy (142 Victoria St, Richmond +61 3 9429 1104) Vietnamese restaurant. Perhaps restaurant is too strong a word. This isn’t a place I’d come to eat at night and apparently nor should you. But do drop in for an aromatic and filling bowl of sub $10 Pho and to enjoy Thy Thy’s retro chequerboard […]

Restaurants, Richmond

Is this the most expensive curry in Melbourne?

Ready for assembly: red duck curry at Pearl  It certainly is one o the most tasty and whenever I bring up Pearl (631-633 Church St, Richmond +61 3 9421 4599) friends  rave about the red duck curry. I usually rave about the restaurant’s full moon crab suppers but tonight isn’t one of those nights and I’m in for a quick Sunday night snack. While Jak’s away (in Queensland) I will play! The curry comes with its rice and condiments deconstructed […]

Restaurants, Richmond

Full moon in Tiger country

It’s a short drive over the Yarra from Prahran to Tiger country of Richmond. But it’s a long wait for breakfast at Pearl Restaurant & Bar (631-633 Church St Richmond +61 3 9421 459921) “One hour’s wait for a table,” I’d been told on the phone over an hour before. Now on this wintry day the wait is still an hour. You can’t make a booking and, unlike other joints that don’t take bookings the waiter avec attitude won’t call […]