Modern Australian

The Town Mouse

The Town Mouse, Carlton

October 31, 2014

There are all kinds of friends in life and when you are into food like we are some of the best are your dining buddies; you go to every new place with them, get terribly drunk at your regular haunts with them and suggest places you MUST eat at, around town and interstate, when not […]

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Hare & Grace

Hare and Grace, Melbourne (Closed)

October 30, 2014

When Dylan had to fly down to Melbourne for work there was one thing on my mind, a sneaky weekend feasting in one of our favourite cities. And so it came to be that I flew down to Melbourne on Thursday and headed straight for Hare & Grace. Hare & Grace was Raymond Capaldi’s restaurant […]

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4Fourteen, Surry Hills

August 27, 2014

Back in 2011 we dined at The Four in Hand Dining Room and have always talked about checking out 4Fourteen. But we talk about a lot of restaurants and of course it just ended up on that never ending list of ours. When the New Yorkers were in town they’d flagged 4Fourteen as a place they’d […]

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County Dining

County Dining, Morpeth

August 24, 2014

We first met Heather Moore in her managerial role at Bacchus Restaurant in early 2012. Heather is one of those hospitality folk who just ‘get it’. She’s a welcoming host who ensures her guests are well looked after. When I heard Heather was opening her own restaurant with Chef Jamie Ryan I couldn’t wait to […]

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Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Sydney

May 3, 2014

Having respect for every venue under the Rockpool umbrella and great admiration for the man behind it all, I have recently found myself becoming a bit of a fanboy of sorts. So when news hit that there had been a fire at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney with extensive damage I was a bit sad. […]

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Emerson's Cafe & Restaurant

Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant, Lovedale

April 12, 2014

We used to travel to the Hunter Valley rather frequently but have spent less time there in recent years. We were overdue for a visit and as it’s only an hour from Dylan’s mum’s place we decided the Hunter would be the perfect place to celebrate her birthday. A friend mentioned Emerson’s Cafe & Restaurant […]

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sixpenny, Stanmore

February 16, 2014

A fine dining restaurant in the ‘burbs that launched as degustation only. That is pretty much unheard of. But we have heard of the two men behind sixpenny – James Parry and Daniel Puskas. James’ CV includes Icebergs, Billy Kwong, Bird Cow Fish, Oscillate Wildly (where he won the 2009 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of […]

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Cumulus Inc.

Cumulus Inc., Melbourne

February 13, 2014

We arrived in Melbourne with a never ending list of cafes to check out for breakfast. But then we slept in and couldn’t really be bothered traipsing all over town to reach the places on said wish list. So we ended up at Cumulus Inc. around the corner from our hotel. Having eaten brekkie at […]

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Cutler & Co.

Cutler & Co., Fitzroy

February 12, 2014

Choosing restaurants to dine at during a relatively short stay in Melbourne is never an easy feat. The list is long, the recommendations endless. But with each trip we make we manage to tick off a few more (and add a few others). Cutler & Co. is Andrew McConnell’s flagship restaurant located in an old […]

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Racine Restaurant

Racine Restaurant, Orange

January 26, 2014

Australia Day in Orange, what better way to spend it than with a special lunch at our favourite restaurant in Orange. Starting the day we had a lovely three course breakfast at Black Sheep Inn to line our stomachs before setting off for a quick little wine tour. After a few tastings and purchases we […]

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Esquire, Brisbane

December 27, 2013

Christmas was a low key affair and so we decided while we were in Brisbane we had to do something big. We decided to tick off the only other three hatted restaurant in Australia that we hadn’t been to (having previously ticked off all The SMH Good Food Guide and The Age Good Food Guide […]

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Yellow, Potts Point

November 23, 2013

Belated birthday celebrations for Mr O saw an invitation sent around to the usual crew. The invitation was an email that simply contained a link to a YouTube video of Coldplay’s hit song… yep, you guessed it… Yellow. Yellow is the latest offering from dynamic duo Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt. Sliding somewhere in between […]

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momofuku seiōbo

momofuku seiōbo, Pyrmont

October 19, 2013

We booked our return visit to momofuku sei?bo on a whim. We couldn’t wait to get back and see what changes had been made to the menu and enjoy one of my favourite restaurants again. First time around Lex had sat out the beverage pairing as she had been cutting back on her alcohol intake. […]

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The Hardware Societe

The Hardware Societe, Melbourne

September 15, 2013

After two solid days of eating our plan to squeeze in breakfast AND lunch on our last day in Melbourne started to fall apart. We honestly didn’t think we could ingest two more meals. Realising we would have to combine the two we checked out of our hotel and headed in to the city centre […]

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