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...

[caption id="attachment_11520" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Jumping Chicken with Baguette - Mauritian 'Chop Suey' Chicken with Vegetables ($12.50)[/caption] I know very little about Mauritius, let alone its food, so finding and trying a restaurant in Melbourne serving Mauritian food offered an exciting prospect. Mauritius is a small island east of Madagascar and the cuisine there has been subject to French, Chinese and Indian influences. [caption id="attachment_11521" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Bistro's Samoussas filled with Vegetable Curry ($10)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11523" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Gateau Arouille - Taro Fritters with Asian Slaw, Tomato and Coriander Chutney ($12.50)[/caption] A number...

Another year, another round of birthdays. This year for their combined birthday celebration my parents decided to go to Luxembourg Bistro & Bar, the reincarnation of Golden Fields which saw it change from an Asian-inspired menu to a French one. Being a bar, there's a mixture of smaller plates perfect for enjoying with drinks, as well a larger dishes that are well suited for either solo dining or sharing. Since it was their occasion, mum had the main say in the menu and she opted for the Chef's...