Benito’s (not Mussolini’s)

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Category: CBD, Dinner, Italian, Lunch, Monday to Friday

antipasto platter

Antipasto platter

I first encountered Benito’s a couple of years ago after emerging from a fun, girly dinner at Bistro Vue.* As I headed down the laneway with my friend Larrabee, I shoved my hands deeper into my coat pockets, fumbling for my car keys and an ounce of warmth.

Larrabee took my arm, leading me toward Lt Collins St. ‘There’s a little restaurant I want to look at,’ she said, nodding toward a small, unassuming café/restaurant across the road. ‘I walked past the other day. I can’t remember its name … but I think it sounds kind of fascist?’

Benito’s
445 Lt Collins St, Melbourne VIC

* More about Bistro Vue another time.

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Moulin Noir

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Category: Bayside, Dinner, French, Lunch, Tapas, breakfast

Chocolate tart: Just one of the sweet delights on offer at Moulin Noir

Chocolate tart: one of the sweet delights on offer at Moulin Noir

Moulin Noir, a little French café/restaurant tucked off Bay St, is a great casual dining experience. It’s perfect for lunch, with sandwiches large enough to silence even the most talkative of ladies. As I found out recently, dinner was pretty good too.

Moulin Noir
Rouse St, Port Melbourne

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Coda

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Category: CBD, Dinner, French, Lunch, Tapas, Vietnamese

Don't want to book? The bar is your friend.

Don't want to book? The bar is your friend.

Craving Vietnamese food? Or maybe something a little more ooh la la? Whether it’s Vietnamese or French cuisine you’re after, you’ll find something to please your tastebuds at Coda—another Hot New Thing Down a Laneway Serving Dishes Designed to be Shared.

Coda
141 Flinders La, Melbourne
www.codarestaurant.com.au

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Globe

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Category: Chapel St, Dinner, Lunch, breakfast

Gluten-free muesli with yanilla yoghurt and apple

Gluten-free muesli with yanilla yoghurt and apple

Globe and I met one summer’s morning last year, when a lazy breakfast was on the agenda in Prahran. The soft, warm breeze caressed my legs as I strolled with Tubbymaster into the café, past the cattle that loitered outside the various nightspots dotted along Chapel St.

Globe
218 Chapel St, Prahran
www.globecafe.com.au

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Burger king

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Category: Bayside

'Plain with tomato'

An Andrew's burger, with wine

AROUND 5 PM ON A WARM MELBOURNE DAY (JANUARY EXCLUDED)

Tubbymistress is comfortably seated in a car, en route to her apartment. The sun is shining, and radio talk show hosts are filling her ears with jibberish. Her stomach is empty.

TUBBYMISTRESS: I think I want a burger tonight …

Andrew’s Hamburgers
144 Bridport St, Albert Park

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