I remember when I first heard Sake was opening up in Melbourne. Shaun Presland, who trained in the art of sushi in Japan and worked there for 15 years, was bringing his sushi skills over from Sydney. Excitement ensued, but until now, I still hadn't managed to make a visit. As well as food, they serve a range of cocktails, wines and Japanese craft beers. Given its location underneath Hamer Hall, it's appropriate that Sake has a pre-theatre menu as well. As much as I would love to...

Dish is part of the Royce Hotel, but it's presentation and menu is a step up from typical hotel restaurants (including the fine-dining prices). The button mushroom soup with white truffle oil was hearty, creamy and flavoursome. Also ordered was the spaghettini with tiger prawns, crab, garlic, chilli & olive oil. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6166,6167"] I ordered the chargrilled spatchcock with truffled soft polenta, king oyster mushrooms and jus gras and had no complaints. The delicate spatchcock meat went well with the polenta and the jus gras complimented rather than competed with...

The groupon menu was more limited than the normal menu, but fortunately for me, the dishes I was interested in were still included. The entrees: - Caramelised Onion, Goat Cheese and Almond Raviolo with Reggiano foam - BBQ Baby Octopus with Mayonnaise - I don't remember the exact name of the dish, but it looked like steamed chicken. Apparently it tasted like Chinese steamed chicken. The mains: - Pork Belly with chilli caramel sauce, two types of puree, salad - 250gm Gippsland Fresh Eye Fillet with horseradish butter Mum quite enjoyed her raviolo, but said the...

Compliments of the hotel, we were able to get breakfast to the value of $22 each at Bakini, situated on the ground floor of the Mint Rhapsody apartments. [gallery columns="2" type="rectangular" ids="1881,1889"] [caption id="attachment_1877" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bircher Muesli w. Berry Compote[/caption] Me: Bircher Muesli, decaf long black. [gallery columns="2" type="rectangular" ids="1878,1879,1880"] Mum: Bakini Breakfast + extra smoked salmon, cappuccino. While waiting for our meal to arrive I was able to watch the chefs work in their open kitchen as they cooked breakfast and prepared food (and fresh pasta) for tonight. The bircher muesli tasted...