An avid traveller, Adam Davies has spent many years working and travelling abroad in countries including Mexico, Japan, China and France. His two years living and breathing French hospitality in Lyon led him to open Fortify in Armadale. He brings all of his experience together here at Fortify, where he acts as Executive Chef, aiming to bring us French dishes that you wouldn't easily find in Melbourne: Alternative French, if you will....

Like the writer-philosopher that his restaurant is named after, both chef Pierre Khodja and Albert Camus were born in Algeria, and grew up in Marseille. The writer’s musings are a reflection of Khodja’s own life journey up to this point, particularly after his near death experience in his Mornington restaurant 15 years ago....

Nestled in a cosy, narrow corner shop, Shifty Chevre is a cheese lover's paradise. As well as its food offerings, they have cheese for sale, on display in their front cabinet.Cheese fondue and raclette are conducive to group feasting. We order both, and receive $5 off for Fondue Friday. The fondue is a mix of white wine and three cheeses: Emmental, Abondance, and Maasdam. Keep stirring that fondue or it will burn. If it starts to harden, check it’s still being heated or you’ll end up with a...

Discreetly opening up earlier this year, Tu has been a quiet achiever. Owner TJ has lived and worked in France for a long time, setting up food and hospitality businesses before coming back to Melbourne for good. His vision for Tu is to do French like the French do. French food is not all about expensive menus, heavy dishes and stuffy atmospheres like some of us might imagine, and he saw that Melbourne is missing the more typical, casual style of French dining that is more commonplace there...

Hell of the North, the French darling of Fitzroy. The bluestone building housing this bar and bistro is hidden behind greenery, its bright yellow door one of the few hints that there's something exciting waiting within. Sadly there is little time to appreciate its understated facade, for fear of being caught in another sudden downpour, but the dreadfulness of the weather is quickly forgotten as we snake our way to a cozy corner table by the kitchen. [caption id="attachment_12732" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Twice cooked cheese souffle, parsnip, caramelised garlic ($24)[/caption] [caption...