Lives in Australia
Since Oct 2007
65+ year old male
I have a great interest in travelling to different lands and enjoy different cultures as they broaden my outlook on life. As I am a great lover of different types of food, I have tried many cafes restaurants and eating houses of all ethnic backgrounds and report my personal opinions without bias. Café or high class restaurants I report as I see it. I am no food snob and enjoy dining at all types of restaurants The same applies to all my reviews, they reflect my tastes, likes or dislikes, no frills or puffery. I rate my personal experiences as I find them according to my personal tastes. . I hope you get some value from my reviews.
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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This is a magic day trip for travellers. Huge gum trees & ferns abound in the Sherbrook forest, Puffing Billy train rides to Emerald also help to make a fascinating day. Wander through charming villages, dine at many excellent restaurants and browse through the many shops in the ranges.
This award winning restaurant is a must to visit if you want to taste the finest Chinese cuisine. excellent service and a great array of Asian food is available to tempt your taste buds. Situated in the heart of the city it is easy to reach.
One of Melbourne's top restaurants situated on the 55th floor of the iconic Rialto building in Collins St. Vue de Monde is unique by offering possibly the best view of the Melbourne skyline while dining in comfort. Offering an unforgettable experience in classic fine dining the Vue de Monde has a excellent menu of French, Australian and Contemporary meals that will delight the Gourmet
This award winning Neil Perry restaurant is certainly hard to beat if you are a lover of fine beef. Inspired by great American Beef restaurants the Rockpool was recently awarded 2 Hats in the Age Good Food Guide which speaks for itself. Situated at the Crown Casino Southbank in Melbourne it is a very accessable venue with ample transport and parking. A superb menu is offered to the diner along with an extensive list of fine wines. Choose from Dry aged beef, Seafood or Poultry prepared by expert chefs. A certain place for a memorable meal
This is a fascinating place to visit. Very close to Luna Park, Fitzroy & Acland streets for the foodie and a good way to take in the fresh sea air. Well worth a visit. easy to reach by train , tram or car
This is a wonderful find if you are a fan of Japanese food. They have an amazing range on their menu all at a realistic price. Enjoy their Sushi or Sashimi, Guyoza, Tempura and many other Japanese favourites. Service is fine and the price is right. Situated at Southbank not far from the Casino & shopping mall
Hidden off Little Bourke in Chinatown don't miss this look into Victorian Chinese history. For a nominal fee you can view artifacts & the way of Chinese life from Gold Rush days onward
This restaurant is a Melbourne institution, set in the CBD at 66 Bourke St it is very accessible. Pelligrini's offers classic Italian fare and excellent coffee. Believe it or not they had the first espresso machine in Melbourne. If you crave for Spaghetti, Lasagne, Minestrone or any other authentic Italian dish you will not be disappointed with your meal at Pelligrini's. Enjoy your meal in the 50's décor in an atmosphere that is part of Melbourne's nostalgia.
This is a fantastic complex featuring 3 world renown hotels & Spas, Casino, Entertainment Centre, Cinemas, shops and a huge array of Restaurants to suit any taste plus superb accommodation options. Enjoy a night at the gaming tables or dine at top restaurants including the newly opened Heston Blumenthal's world acclaimed Fat Duck or the Atlantic for superior seafood, or if you fancy French, then Bistro Guillaime is the place to go. Many other options are available to the diner who will find the dining experience amazing. With so many things to see and do the Crown Complex is a must to visit in Melbourne. Easily accessible on the banks of the Yarra by train , tram or car.
To anyone interested in Heritage buildings and superb architecture a visit to the Block Arcade is a must. The Arcade is the finest example of a 19th Century shopping arcade, modeled on Milan's grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele it was erected between 1891 - 1893. it featured a richly decorated interior with spectacular mosaic tiled floors, a magnificent glass canopy with carved stone finishing. The Arcade is situated at 282 Collins Street andconnects Collins Street to Little Collins Street. It now houses Boutiques and Cafes of which principal residents are the famous Hopetoun Tea Rooms and Haig's Chocolates. A wonderful place to visit which also holds Foodie tours twice weekly which are worth considering.
This street is well known as a Mecca for foodies. A short distance from the CBD you will find Melbourne "Little Italy" which offers an abundance of restaurants of all styles and tastes to suit lovers of fine food. Great restaurants such as Bosari's or Il Cantuccio offering fine Italian food or if you prefer French? try French Fusion or the Lebanese Mezzna to mention a few of the delightful places to eat.
Luna Park has been entertaining patrons for 100 years and is fun for all the family both young and old. Easily reached by tram or car it is worth seeing. Ride on the Big Dipper that runs on the outside of the park and gives an unbelievable view of Port Phillip Bay, try also Power Surge or Silly Serpent for extra thrills. It has great historic background Close to transport, tram goes right past door and a short distance away is Acland street that is well worth a look.
What away to see Melbourne and it's free. Catch a ride on the Heritage W Class trams and ride around the CBD Loop at no charge. This tram runs around a circular route that passes many places of interest. To assist the traveller an on board Passenger Information Display and Digital Voice Announcements are made along the route to keep the traveller informed. Take a ride on the Heritage Burgundy & Gold tram sit back and enjoy the sights of Melbourne on Route 35.
Southbank situated on the opposite bank to the city just minutes from the arts precinct, MCG and entertainment arenas is the home for 25 hotels and incorporates the famous Southgate complex with its shopping centre and restaurants. Try some retail therapy followed by lunch or dinner at your choice of restaurant with Modern Australian, German, Chinese, Mediterranean, Italian or Asian flavours. Walk along the Yarra and enjoy the sights including the historic Flinders Street Station and Melbourne's skyline. Or take a scenic cruise along the Yarra River. sit back and enjoy this tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Melbourne CBD.
Situated on the edge of the Melbourne CBD the Rod Laver Arena plays host the world renown Australian Tennis Open plus a host of entertainers such as Kiss and Fleetwood Mac. Easy to reach by Tram, Train or Bus with ample parking on site nearby. Named after our famous tennis player Rod Laver MBE it is outstanding all weather venue that offers great views of the tennis or concerts.
A World Heritage listed building completed in 1880 and the Great Hall was the largest building in Australia. People interested in architecture will find the building a must to visit for it was constructed using Bzyantine, Romanesque, Lombardic and Renaissance Italian influences. The building hosted two world fairs and has housed many an exhibition over the years including Art Shows, Concerts, Magic Lantern shows and in recent years Home & Motor Shows. in the current year a number of Exhibitions are coming including Australian Quilt Show, Rite of Passage, Dog Lovers, Antique Fair and many others to come. Easily accessible by Tram or Bus with ample parking this building is well worth the visit.