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EAT > Ogee, North Hobart (16/20)
It is quite a solid walk up to Ogee in North Hobart from Sullivan’s Cove and downtown Hobart. It will take you about 30 minutes depending where you…
EAT > Fico, Hobart (19/20)
Fico means fig in Italian, but in Italian slang it also mean cool and that is a very good definition for Fico it is definitely cool. To start…
EAT > Frank, Hobart (14/20)
Frank is a smart restaurant with robust South American cuisine that is right on Franklin Pier looking out towards Sullivan’s Cove. It was described by a friend as, “you…

EAT > Fico, Hobart (19/20)

Fico means fig in Italian, but in Italian slang it also mean cool and that is a very good definition for Fico it is definitely cool. To start it is not a typically Italian restaurant but the food is obviously heavily influenced with Italian techniques and flavours. The chef co-owners Federica Andriasani and Oskar Rossi met while working in the kitchen of a Michelin starred restaurant ‘El Coq’ in Vicenza Italy. Federica (Italian) and Oskar (Tasmanian) returned to Australia initially working at Vue De Monde before settling back in Hobart and opening Fico as a pop up restaurant. Today it is a permanent fixture (well as permanent as anything can be in the current economy for hospitality) and it is quite outstanding. Giving a restaurant a 19 or 20 score does not happen very often. It is normally only a couple that we are lucky enough to visit in any year and when you do, it is clear that this is a venue with the very highest standards of making for a brilliant dining experience. FOOD > It is a set menu degustation that changes with fresh ingredients of the season, every morsel delicious, each dish inventive with out the need for ‘fancy foams, smoke or dry ice’. Starting with a carrot gazpacho, a cold dish that had a sting of caper across the top. A fresh and lively start to the meal, followed by homemade sourdough…
DRINK > Above Board, Melbourne
A serious cocktail bar. Only 16 seats and no standing permitted. That is the message for the now…
DRINK > Pearl Chablis and Oyster Bar, Melbourne
Melbourne loves to hide its bars and restaurants away down laneways, underground and on top of building roof tops but…
CAFE > Turret, Tokyo
It doesn’t seem that long ago that finding a decent espresso in Tokyo was quite a difficult thing. There…

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DRINK > Lucinda Wine Bar, Hobart
If you are walking down Collins Street, Hobart you might easily miss Lucinda hidden away in a beautiful historic building but the signage is very subtle. Step inside and you will find a small room with a large central table and bench seats around the outside. They…
DRINK > V Wine Salon, Melbourne
V Wine Salon is located in the slightly unlikely West End of Melbourne's CBD. For those who are less familiar with region it is close to the Southern Cross Train Station which tends to make it an area less obvious as a destination for fine dining or…
DRINK > Above Board, Melbourne
A serious cocktail bar. Only 16 seats and no standing permitted. That is the message for the now widely acclaimed Above Board. Located off Smith Street Collingwood it is not easy to find but this is an area where cocktail bars are serious and Above Board take that…
DRINK > Pearl Chablis and Oyster Bar, Melbourne
Melbourne loves to hide its bars and restaurants away down laneways, underground and on top of building roof tops but Pearl is not easy to find. The Midcity Centre arcade on Bourke Street is not a place you would normally associate with fine dining or fine drinking, but make…
DRINK > Wine Bar Fleur Parf, Kyoto
It is a quiet street in the Shimogyo Ward of Kyoto where we found Wine Bar Fleur Parf, it is hidden at the end of a long passage (lit by lamps on the ground), past a beautiful courtyard garden to the bar at the back. There you find a sanctuary…
DRINK > Bar INC, Shibuya
INC is only a few streets away from the chaos of downtown Shibuya but it is in a quiet district with only a few bars and restaurants in the otherwise residential neighbourhood. Bar INC is a brand new (opened in Feb 2024) stylish underground oasis mixing…

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WINE > Wantirna Estate, Amelia 2016 94/100

Wantirna is a suburb at the edge of Melbourne's sprawling metropolis. As you drive out towards the Dandenong Ranges, one moment it is traffic lights and shopping strips, the next quiet country streets and the idyllic 10 acres that make up Wantirna Estate. Set amongst the golf courses and…

WINE > Domaine de Bargylus Vin Rouge, Grand Vin de Syrie 2014 (90/100)

It is not often someone says to you, I have a really interesting wine for you to try its excellent and it comes from Syria. Syria, like near Lebanon? War torn, beautiful, predominantly Islam country, I can't even imagine how they could make wine there. Ok wow, for…

WINE > Domaine Joblot – Clos Du Celliers Aux Moines – Givry 1er Cru, 2019 (90/100)

Givry is located in the centre of the Côte Chalonnnaise, just south of Mercurey, the terroir there is largely composed of a rocky limestone, some clay and sandstone. Clos du Celliers is a Premier Cru sub region of Givry and was a vineyard originally established Cistercian Monks the…
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