I was taken to Warra Warra Korean Kitchen while on my final work trip to the wonderful city of Melbourne. Warra Warra happens to be a favourite lunchtime haunt of my Melburnian friend. We had spent the day being tourists (including going on a boat trip on the Yarra river) and dinner time was upon us. My friend told me about a little Korean restaurant that is hidden from the main streets in the CBD. Warra Warra is tucked away at the back of the Tivoli Arcade in the CBD and is under some stairs – I would not have found it if I did not know about it!
The restaurant is fairly small with both inside and outside tables. As it was a very warm day, we chose to sit outside. The tables are fairly long trestle tables that seat about ten people so on a busy day, you may find yourself sharing a table with other diners. Continue reading
Cuisine: International street food
Melbourne’s Night Market is due to return next month for the Australian summer and the start of a well loved tradition. November is technically not quite summer – in fact when I was in Melbourne last November, I had to buy some sensible, waterproof shoes and lamented the fact that I hadn’t packed a warm jacket as it was so rainy and cold!
The Night Market will open from the beginning of November, through to the end of March and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5pm – 10 pm at the Queen Victoria Market in the CBD. There will be a large number of stalls, from jewellery to ceramics and of course, food. Lots of food stalls and cuisines serving a huge range of street food – during the last Night Market season, this included gelato, Chinese dumplings, Sicilian, Spanish and Nepalese. Local businesses included Mamak, Wingman and PATS The Philly Way. Continue reading
Type of food / drink: Cocktails
A Melburnian friend decided to take me to Madame Brussels one evening and I LOVED it! Madame Brussels is a wonderfully quirky cocktail bar on a roof terrace which is hidden away – you have to go up a few flights of stairs and it is not clearly sign posted. The place was pretty busy when we arrived but we were lucky to get a seat by the wall, overlooking the marvellous city.
The roof terrace was decked out in astro turf and the decor was vintage girly kitsch with chaise longue and metal garden furniture. The staff were dressed in tennis outfits and the atmosphere was a naughty mocking tribute to English jolly hockey sticks. Continue reading
Type of food: Breakfast/brunch and Australian café
My first impressions of Melbourne were cold and very rainy. The weather surprised me as, being from the UK, I thought Melbourne was always warm and sunny. I have since spoken to some Australian friends who said that you really can get four seasons in one day in Melbourne!
Anyway, we stayed at a nearby hotel in St Kilda for a business trip and fancied somewhere different to the hotel for breakfast. So we popped into the Galleon Café at 7.15 in the morning and it was the perfect place for a couple of people who were still a little bleary eyed and just waking up. The rainy day just added to the mood and ambience. Continue reading