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Perfect Cheesecake’s Secret Ingredient

Life goes better with Basque cheesecake, a lockdown #2 love affair. I became obsessed with this cake about five years ago when I ate it in San Sebastian at La Viña pintxos bar. It was perilously wobbly and jiggly, somehow both light and rich, creamy white and custardy within but with a bitter edge from the dark, caramelised perimeter. I mumbled, “It’s a miracle,” and I meant it.


Mums Day Post Montage(3)

Mother’s Day Menu

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean burnt toast in bed and bad soap from school stalls. If you are a mum, you can steer the family towards these menu suggestions, and if you have a mum, please enjoy these suggestions for Mum-friendly dishes and tasty gifts that keep on giving.



Zhoug Salmon Salad(edited)

Zhoug & Salmon Salad

I love a big meal-sized salad! Flavoured with green chilli paste, this steamed salmon salad is healthy, flexible and easy to prepare

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Lilac is a new wine bar in Cremorne from @themulberrygroup, owners of @hazel_melbourne, @dessousmelbourne and @common_ground_project, among a growing list of others.

Chef @chefkylenicol (ex-Rascal) is cooking Euro-Aussie retro-ish snacks over fire. Flavours are robust. Wine is jaunty. Cocktails are keen.

Definitely worth a visit.

Must have:

* Bread
* Chicken mousse eclairs
* Beef heart with dandelion
* Corner Inlet roasted flounder
* Leaves with Champagne dressing

#melbournefoodie #Melbourne #melbournefood #winebar #richmond3121 #melbournerestaurant #melbournerestaurants @lilacwinebar

I love introducing people to @ciccstkilda!

This gorgeous, hospitable Italian restaurant has been delivering classy sass to Acland Street, St Kilda for 29 years. It's an institution but it's always fresh and lively too.

We asked chef Michelle to send out the dishes she reckoned we should eat.

That meant chicken liver parfait with pickled cherries, focaccia with stracciatella and anchovy, kingfish with finger lime, charred zucchini with hazelnuts and honey, tartare with roasted bone marrow, spaghetti vongole, a green salad with peas and mint. So poised and confident, that deliciousness that feels effortless but speaks of rigor and delight.

Service is always amazing here. Cheeky and wry and all-seeing.

Settled in for lunch and happened to solve every issue in the world of hospitality with @theotherjosephabboud. Thanks Joe.

The renaissance of Carlisle Street continues with the arrival of @rufio.co, a Latin American fusion bar and eatery from the team that opened @repeatoffenderelwood two years ago.

They've carried the Latin American theme across the highway to St Kilda, but where Repeat Offender explores Mexican ideas, Rufio seeks inspiration in Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Both restaurants lean into corn, which means they're able to make the menus entirely gluten-free.

Read my full story via link in bio.

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Al Dente Sapori is a new trattoria from the @al_dente_enoteca_melbourne crew, right next door to the Nicholson Street restaurant.

It's great!

Casual but with plenty of class and lovely touches, a poised informality, and of course offering famous Al Dente pastas like the ravioli cacio e pepe.

Just hung out here for a dreamy slow Friday lunch ❤️ Recommended 😊

#melbournefood #melbournerestaurant #Melbourne #melbournefoodie #melbournewinebar #melbourneitalian
#pasta @al_dente_sapori_melbourne

The @deepintheweedspodcast crew is scattered across New South Wales, the ACT and Melbourne but every now and then we manage to get in a room together.

For the second year in a row, team dinner has been at @barvincentsydney because it's so damn fine.

This Darlinghurst restaurant feels like it's been here forever but it's only been open a few years, though in a building that's been a restaurant since at least the 1980s. The food is Euro Italian, unabashedly classic. I love the confidence of putting curly parsley on a prawn cocktail. (Also FYI curly parsley will be THE HERB of 2023 🔮)

The service is accomplished and warm. The overall feeling is heady and heavenly, truly the kind of dining experience to ensure an overstuffed restaurant reviewer stays enthused about restaurants.

Food ordering by @fisheads, host of @fishtalesseafoodpodcast, wine selection by @shantehwale, host of @overaglasspod. General merriment from @huckstergram, @foodwinedine and @baker_and_frost. I think my main contribution was eating the last bit of every platter so we could fit more food on the table but hey, you gotta be good at something.

Thanks to everyone who has put us in your ears this year. I love making podcasts and I'm grateful to every guest who has trusted me with their story. We are looking forward to a big 2023 with some fun new projects on the horizon 🤗


Thinking about this meal at @margaretdoublebay from a while back.

We are so lucky in Australia to have wild-caught seafood from well-managed fisheries. Almost the whole menu here is seafood, sourced directly from fishers who are recognised on the menu. Most of it is dry-filleted at Margaret, then cooked over fire, respectfully and simply. Just excellent.

Love the martini menu, the wine service and the lovely crew too.

#sydney #sydneyfood #sydneyeats #sydneyrestaurants
#sydneyrestaurant #doublebay #seafood #seafoodlover

🔥 HOT TIP 💥 Stokehouse head wine guy @wil_stoke has put together a fun $79 wine list at @stokepastaandbar, the casual downstairs beachfront part of the restaurant. Sprinkled through the list of approachable food-friendly drops are some absolute stunners at a steal. Nice concept!

#iykyk @stokehouserestaurants @domaineganevat #melbournefoodie #melbournefood #melbournerestaurant #melbournewine #melbournewinebar #greatwine

On set for @westholme 💯💕

Difference is everything!

This week on my @dirtylinenpodcast we're celebrating New Voices on Food #2, the food writing anthology that showcases diversity, edited by Sydney-based journalist @leetranlam.

Why do we need a book like this? What does it tell us about the state of food media and the hospitality industry? And what are some of the most delicious and diverse bites Lee Tran has enjoyed recently?

Stay with the pod all week - we'll be in conversation with @anna.kharzeeva, @threelittlebirdsbne and @mairadsagnori as well 👏👏👏

Link in bio to the podcast.



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