WHERE'S THE BEST?

So you're too impatient to read all 2500+ entries in our archives, huh?

We don't blame you. Here are our favourite recipes and restaurants, ready-linked for your reading pleasure.

Eating In


Home fried brunch

Michael's Super Soups
Broccoli soup with lemon-chive cream
Cauliflower dhal with panch phoran
Legume noodle soup 
Pumpkin, saffron & orange soup
Savoury harira soup
Sweet potato & red curry soup

Meals we make again and again
All-the-best-bits salad
Asparagus & ricotta tart with miso & black garlic
The amazing weeknight dolsot bibimbap
Artichoke & chickpea salad
Baked peanut tempeh
BBQ beans
BBQ pork bao
Beetroot & rhubarb salad
Black pepper tofu
Brazilian slaw
Broccoli & gorgonzola pie
Brussels sprouts with burnt butter & black garlic
Butternut pumpkin with ginger tomatoes & lime yoghurt
Cauliflower and caramelised onion tart
Char-grilled broccoli with chickpeas, almonds, lemon & chilli
Char koay teow
Chickpea cutlets
Coconut samosa potato salad
Cumin-cayenne mashed potatoes with caramelised onions
Curried peanut sauce bowl with tofu & kale 
Dan dan mian
Eggplant kataifi nests
A far-from-ordinary potato salad
Fettuccine alfredo
Ginger-peanut kale with tofu and quinoa
Green couscous
Heaven-sent haloumi
Kale and coconut salad
Kentucky-style seitan ribz
Kimchi fried rice with smokey tempeh & broccoli
Kung pao seitan with asparagus
Lentil tacos (with this seasoning)
Mango and coconut rice salad
Marinated mushrooms
Miso curry pumpkin
Mock fish sambal goreng
Nasi lemak
Nat's pumpkin rice dish
Nonna's gnocchi sauce
Okonomiyaki
Orrecchiette cooked in chickpea & tomato sauce
Palm sugar fried tempeh
Pan-fried gnocchi & kale
Paneer butter masala

Tofu-skeptic? Try these.


And when it's time for dessert, she craves:
Alfajores
Apricot, walnut & lavender cake
Basbousa



Eating out

Breakfast
We've covered the northside extensively, and enjoy AcusticoAddictAdmiral Cheng-Ho, Babka, BeatrixBrother AlecCarolinaCibi, Code Black, Dench, Elceed, Fandango, The Glass DenGraceHumble RaysJackson DoddsKinesLucy Lockett, Lux FoundryMaddox, Mary MillerMerri ClanMilkwood, (deep breath!) a Minor Place, Mitte, Mixed Business, New Day Rising, Power PlantSeven SeedsSmall Axe KitchenSmall Block, Smith & DaughtersSugardoughSweet EvelynRay, This BorderlandTrue North, Twenty & Six Espresso, Wide Open Road.

Pizza
We both dig I Carusi and Kaprica their pizzas probably offer the best value for money of all the ones we've tried. If you're willing to pay a few dollars more, we'd also recommend D.O.C. and Pizza Meine Liebe. Vegans should get themselves to Green Acre PizzaRed Sparrow Pizza and Shop 225. If you find yourself up in the Dandenongs, then Mad Raven Pizza Deluxe is well worth checking out.


Cheap eats (<$20pp)



Mid eats ($20-$45pp)

Bhang
Brother Bon
Chin Chin
Daughter in Law
Gujju's Cafe and Chaat House
Izakaya Den
Maccaroni Osteria Italiana
Madame K
Mamasita
Mankoushe
Matcha Mylkbar
Mesob
The Moor's Head
Moroccan Soup Bar
Mukka
Ren Dao
Rice Paper Scissors
Rin Sura
Shu (twice)
Shakahari
Shop 225
Sichuan House
Small Axe Kitchen
Smith & Daughters
Tamil Feasts
Theodore's
Vegie Kitchen
Warung Agus


Special occasions (>$45 pp)
Attica
Brae, Birregurra
Cutler & Co
Etta
Feast of Merit
Maha
Merrijig Inn, Port Fairy
Movida Next Door
Provenance, Beechworth
Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
Transformer


Exclusively Dessert
Ratio Cocoa Roasters is a great chocolatier. Our favourite vegan sweets come from Billy van Creamy, Cuppa TurcaMister Nice Guy's BakeshopRue de CreperieGirls & BoysBlack Waffle and Tidbit Cakes. For something extra special, you can sneak into Cutler & Co late at night and just skip straight to their dessert menu.