A Hereford Beefstouw had its beginnings in 1971 in small rural Denmark. Named after the breed of cattle, its name might translate to ‘Hereford Steakhouse’. In 2007, the family bought a cattle farm in South Australia to supply their restaurants, but it wasn’t until 2011 that A Hereford Beefstouw opened its first Australian restaurant in Adelaide. Now it has arrived in Melbourne. ...

Eastern European restaurants and bars are not too common in Melbourne at the moment, but Palinka is one of the few. Tucked on the corner of Brunswick St and Kerr St, they keep a large range (over 70) of its namesake spirit and European beers, serving up Eastern European-inspired tapas to go alongside them. The food menu is divided into 'Yummy' and 'Fancy'. The fancy plates are not only bigger, but also feature more complex flavours and techniques. As a separate menu item, the thrice cooked smoked pork hock...

Lunch was at a Marche/Burger King Worthersee, which was a self-service place. This place was right next to the warmest lake in Austria, the water of which can reach up to 22-23°C in summer. The view with the lake would have been nice except it was snowing so everything was grey. Dad had goulash soup with shredded egg and deep fried, crunchy, round things (€4.20, stronger taste than the one I had yesterday), A2 had a panini with ham, I had something starting with “S” (€3.20) and mum...

When we arrived at the Marchfelderhof Restaurant we were greeted by five waiters who held up a welcome banner and stopped traffic to roll out a red carpet across the road. They tied a piece of red ribbon between the two poles of the banner and gave someone a pair of scissors to cut it as they entered. When we stepped inside, violinists and guitarists played us a welcome tune, while inside the dining room there was a keyboardist and saxophonist/oboist. Although there was a booking for 14, we...

Most of the coffee shops here allow smokers inside, which wasn’t very pleasant. After scouting a number of small eateries we ended up going to Café Melange. Everyone got coffee except for me; I had goulash soup (€3.50). The bread roll I got with the soup was round and divided into five sections, liked a pinwheel. The crust was crunchy so at first I thought it was stale, but inside it was still soft so maybe it was supposed to be like that. It tasted nice anyway. A2...