Back in NYC after a lovely 2 weeks in Melbourne! It was strange going home. I concurrently felt like I'd never left, and also that I'd been away a long time. Odd.
There isn't too much to say about my trip apart from reporting on restaurants, but given you helped me with coffee recos before I left, I thought I'd give back!
A couple of things I noted:
*Melbourne is really expensive. Cocktails for $17 are NY prices, and often NY prices are cheaper than that. Pub dinners at $23 weren't cheap either. Dresses I can get in Saks for $300 are $800 in Myer, and this is not just an exchange rate difference!
*I love Melbourne pubs.
*Melbourne coffee is still fantastic in flavor, but not served hot enough for me now I have been drinking NY coffee.
Saturday night catch up location:
Marquis of Lorne, Fitzroy
-- a great place, very neighbourhoody, cool but not to boho or grungey. A large group had dinner and although our waitress had attitude, the food was very good. We took the 3rd level for ourselves after dinner. The only con being there is no bar on the 3rd floor so you have to go downstairs to get drinks. As we started the night on the ground floor, this meant we experienced all of the pub in one night. Very reasonably priced drinks. The night ended with souvlaki on Brunswick St. Perfect.
Atomica, Brunwick St, Fitzroy
-- Terrific coffee (5/5), although would have preferred it a little hotter. Great breakfast menu, but unfortunately the poached eggs were overcooked and the yolks were solid. Not just on my plate, but also 4 of my fellow diners. My friend who ordered the banana French Toast loved it.
Another place starting with 'A', Gertrude St, Fitzroy
-- this was very busy and we had to wander for 20 minutes and then they called us when our table was ready. Excellent food including yummy potato hash brown and perfectly cooked poached eggs. Coffee 4/5.
The little place without a sign next to True Blue Shoes on Sydney Road, Brunswick
-- Great bircher muesli on a lazy Monday morning. Lots of berries and nuts mixed in. Yum. Coffee 3/5.
Napier Hotel, Fitzroy
-- good pub food in a fun atmosphere. Despite previously living in Fitzroy, I had never wandered these streets and found them charming. Love the old Town Hall and Library.
St Jude Cellars, Fitzroy
-- dinner is a misnomer as it was just cheeses and wine, but it was a dinner substitute. Really enjoyed the service (I am not a fan of goat cheese, but the waiter happily gave us a portion of the blue/goat cheese before we ordered to see if I liked it).
The Cellar Bar, City
-- We had intended the pre-theater prix-fixe at Grossi Florentino's grill room, but arrived 20 minutes too late (ir finishes at 7pm). We happily settled for a quiet table for 2 and enjoyed our pastas and wine, as well as some of the most delicious prosciutto ever as an appetizer salad. We'd both go back.
Carlton Club, city
-- This place is really nice and I think the outside area would be great in summer. That had some great cocktails.
-- Again, really cute and great cocktail list.