Auburn Hotel – Hawthorn (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Pub Outcome: Majority Verdict Scope of discovery: Chicken parma, Confit lamb shoulder Ratio Decidendi: Still working my way through the menu, but the Auburn Hotel is quickly becoming my favourite go-to for a long and lazy Sunday lunch with friends. While the yesteryear charm of its Victorian-esque interior is unmistakable, it's the outdoor courtyard … Continue reading Auburn Hotel – Hawthorn (VIC)


Hakata Gensuke – Melbourne CBD (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Japanese Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Salient features: Original Tonkotsu Ramen, Karashi Takana Ratio decidendi: There’s a reason why, regardless of the time of day, there’s always a queue outside Hakata Gensuke. The depth and porky richness of the broth has few peers in Melbourne and a joy to slurp together with the classically thinner hakata-style … Continue reading Hakata Gensuke – Melbourne CBD (VIC)

Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteak – St Kilda (VIC)

Jurisdiction: American Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Salient features: Philly Cheesesteak Ratio decidendi: Genius in simplicity.  Grilled beef, cheese & onions in a 'hoagie' roll. Succulent A-grade scotch fillet that's been sliced and grilled on site is very much the star of the show, perfectly complemented by (your choice of) the imported American or provolene cheese that … Continue reading Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteak – St Kilda (VIC)

Cuppa Turca – Northcote (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Dessert Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Salient features: Baklava Ice Cream Sandwich, Dondurma Ratio Decidendi: We came to try the Dondurma, a Turkish ice-cream whose thick and stretchy characteristics lend itself to all sorts of pranks and trickery by vendors on the streets of Kahramanmaras where it originates. As I was about to finalise my flavour … Continue reading Cuppa Turca – Northcote (VIC)

Cucinetta – South Yarra (VIC)

Jurisdiction: Italian Salient features: Cacio e pepe (seasonal) Outcome: Unanimous Verdict Ratio Decidendi: If there was one single dish that I missed the most from my time in Europe it would be cacio e pepe, a simple pasta dish that comprises only 3 ingredients: pecorino romano cheese, black pepper and (classically) tonnarelli pasta. Its sheer simplicity means … Continue reading Cucinetta – South Yarra (VIC)