New Star Kebab, Auburn

We went out on a limb one lazy Sunday afternoon and decided we'd drive to Auburn for lunch. We didn't quite know where we were going to eat, but we did know that we felt like a Middle Eastern feast. Driving through the main shopping strip, our attention was caught by the crowds outside New Star Kebab - we knew this was a place that we just had to try. 

Nobu, Melbourne

It's the name that's almost instantly recognisable as an icon of Japanese cuisine. The Melbourne
location of the famed restaurant empire is one of only two places in Australia where you can sample
Nobu Matsuhisa's internationally renowned 'new style' Japanese cooking, so you can bet that we had
our sights on dining at this place on a recent trip to the city.

Salmon and Bear, Newtown

The name Salmon and Bear conjures mixed signals about the food that the restaurant serves. Does the menu revolve around fish (the 'Salmon' component), or does it have more of a hunter-gather wilderness theme (the 'Bear')? Or does it go surf and turf and offer both? The answer is in the 'Salmon' part of the name. Salmon and Bear relies on the humble fish as the hero and main focus of the menu.

Three Williams, Redfern

I'd have sandwiches every day for lunch without fail when I was a kid. As a result, because I'd eaten so many, sandwiches have since lost their sense of appeal and I've tended to shy away from them as a lunchtime option. But then along came the narnie. 

Butcher and The Farmer, Glebe

The first time we visited Harold Park's gentrified Tramsheds complex was during the first month of opening, and the space was teeming with masses of crowds who were eager to get a piece of the Inner West's newly-restored food destination. It was, in all honesty, quite a stressful experience because it was just so busy.

Balcon By Tapavino

Balcon By Tapavino is the kind of place where you'd happily spend a lazy Friday afternoon. Order some share plates, a glass of wine and graze your way into the weekend.