Totally gratuitous photo (courtesy hannahbabble) of the 3berry pie I baked yesterday for the Australia Day BBQ I attended.
Fabulous pastry recipe courtesy of Chez Pim's The One Pie Dough to Rule Them All.
One of the consequences that come with the territory of writing a food blog such as this is frequent emails from readers asking for particular Melbourne restaurant recommendations. Where I can I try to respond to these emails, particularly when the question being asked is asked politely and has a clear scope and realistic expectations. At other times, well... let me show you a sample.
I am coming to Melbourne in January and was hoping you could make my life easier by recomending a great place to eat. I am trying to arrange a ladies night out on the town and want to go some where realy special, not as in a pricey place but something a bit out the orindary were they will go wow. I am thinking a trendy place in a lane were we can have pre drinks and then dinner, bit of good music. We are happy to venture anywhere by tram etc.
I look forward to receiving some suggestions...
do you have any suggestions for a family Xmas lunch on Boxing Day venue in Melbourne CBD? I have made a reservation at The European for 9, but am a little concerned that they will not accommodate the dietary requirements of a gluten intolerant vegetarian guest as well as a vegan with special dietary needs...
I have come across your website and found it illuminating. So, I thought, you are the right one to ask me help me solve my problem. It is this. I am looking for a restaurant/pub that has either a separate room or is prepared to hire itself out for birthday bash. The requirements are this: sit down dinner for 50-60 people at tables of 6 or 8, room to bring in a band so it needs dance space.
I would prefer eastern, inner suburbs or city locations.
Can you help? Hopefully this is a challenge you want to take on. [my emphasis]
I will be away from 14 Dec until mid January so if you respond during that time and don't get an answer from me, it is b/c I will not be near a computer.
Thanks in advance...
Oh and for the record, that last email? It was NOT a challenge I wanted to take on, amazingly enough! *cough*
But in light of the increasing number of emails from out-of-towners wanting Melbourne tips, I've put together a Gastronomic Visitor's Guide to Melbourne. If you have strong views about places that should absolutely positively be recommended to visitors to our fair city, please let me know!