After an unexpectedly early finish to my day, I found myself in the outer eastern suburbs with nothing to do and it wasn't even noon yet. What better thing to do than have a food adventure? A quick search led me to The Firehouse - a smart but unpretentious and informal cafe and restaurant not far from Eastland. The building was a fire station in its former life, hence the name. The seasonal menu is largely Mediterranean. An all-day brunch is available, with the lunch kicking in at...

Opening right on time, and in conjunction with the grand reveal of Eastland's redevelopment, is Hunter & Barrel - the newest venture from the Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group, who are also responsible for other meat-focussed eateries including The Meat & Wine Co and Ribs & Burgers. Nestled within the new precinct of Eastland, Hunter & Barrel takes the basic concept of the 'hunter’s way', and transforms it into a modern and sophisticated bar and restaurant. Smokers, a coal grill and a spit rotisserie pump out soups, slow-cooked meats, pies,...