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Soko | Abbotsford

What is your comfort food? Ice cream? Chocolate? Big bowl of pasta? For myself, whenever I’m having a difficult day, I would turn to sushi. When I received an email about this new sushi place, Soko, I was intrigued. A search on Instagram had me realise that Soko is not your typical sushi restaurant serving the usual sushi rolls, but sushi rolls re-invented. Let me take you through the dishes I tried when I visited Soko on two occasions. Visit One Soko is located amongst a number of Vietnamese eateries along Victoria St, and can only be identified via it’s big ‘SUSHI’ signage. It was upon closer inspection of the window signage that I realised I was at Soko! Stepping into Soko you will notice that it’s not your typical Japanese joint where everyone yells out ‘Irashaimase!’, but a bright, minimal and ‘serene’ atmosphere. Whilst I waited for my friend, I studied their detailed three page menu, one for their ‘new world’ sushi, second for traditional japanese food like ramen and dons and the drinks …


Restaurant Orana

The Grand Gelinaz is an event held every two years where 40 of the world’s most acclaimed, pioneering and creative talents takes part in an international restaurant swap. The chefs will exchange their lives, homes, pets and kitchen for three days before they participate in a 24-hour long dinner. In addition the ‘guest’ chef will find out who they are swapping with through the results of the Gelinaz ballot and will travel to destination and prepare a unique, unrepeatable 8-course menu. The chefs can only use ingredients from the country they swap with and use their culinary approach to create the unique dishes. As for guests, they will find out who the ‘guest chef’ on the actual day. During my short trip to South Australia, I visited Restaurant Orana. Restaurant Orana, one of South Australia’s upscale Modern Australia restaurant, was one of the restaurants participating in The Grand Gelinaz with chef Mikael Jonsson from michelin star restaurant Hedone London as the ‘guest chef.’ That night, Mikael skilfully used our beautiful native Australian ingredients to create dishes …


Fratelli Fresh | Melbourne

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the newly opened Fratelli Fresh, a fine dining Italian restaurant located below The Cut Steakhouse . Fratelli Fresh opened it’s first Melbourne venue with 6 other venues all located in Sydney. Fratelli Fresh is all about simplicity and the use of fresh produce. Their menu is extensive as are their portions (very generous). I’m definitely not exaggerating on the generous portions – I left feeling so full I had to walk from one end of Bourke St to the other and extremely grateful that I wore a dress that night. We started the night with sharing  Focaccia di Recco, Cheese filled Flatbread Stracciatella and Thyme. The flatbreads were crisp and the oozy cheese centre made it moreish – I would have been happy to just feast on the flatbread the entire night and not eat anything else! Following the cheesey flatbread, we each had a small plate of Australian Artisanal Cured Meats with grilled pieces of sourdough. I happily devoured the divine prosciutto and spicy salami slices! My favourite entree/starter of the nigh was …


The Cut Steakhouse | Melbourne

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the newly opened The Cut Steakhouse located at the heritage building The Alfred, which was previously occupied by the Stokehouse. The moment you enter The Alfred, you will notice the front of house team standing in front of a spectacular $100,000 dry ageing room. From the foyer you can either visit Fratelli Fresh or take the grand staircase to The Cut Steakhouse. Upon stepping into the room you will be greeted by a an elegant room, with black  and white tiled floors, deep green upholstered leather seats and beautiful golden dim lamps on the tables. To start off the night I had a beautiful glass of 2013 Monocle Shiraz from Hilltops, NSW. I love this red and continued to have this red throughout the night, and it went well with the steaks that I had that night. I was really lucky to have the opportunity to try some of The Cut Steakhouse’s best dishes from their menu. To start, we shared a plate of hand selected fresh oysters, including Karuah …


Chandon in the City on The Emerson Rooftop

On the 5th of April, an exclusive Chandon pop-up at the sophisticated The Emerson Rooftop.  This Chandon in the City on The Emerson Rooftop pop-up, guests will be able to experience a beautifully curated menu from Domaine Chandon’s Yarra Valley winery restaurant Greenpoint Brasserie, with wine pairings from Chandon’s list of still and sparkling wines. The best part? it’s all under the stars! Chandon 2012 Vintage Blanc de Blancs Shucked Oysters – Yarra Valley salmon roe & lime Recently, I was invited to the media preview of this pop-up and I have to say, The Emerson Rooftop exudes sophistication and the best part was being able to experience Domaine Chandon’s Yarra Valley winery all in the heart of Melbourne. There was an abundance of gourmet food and fine wines – definitely a foodie’s dream! Here are some of the dishes I tried on the preview night that will be available at the pop-up. Warmed Olives – Mount Zero Olive with rosemary & garlic Burrata – Heirloom tomatoes, basil & aged balsamic Paired with: 2012 Chandon Vintage Brut Slipper Lobster …