The North Melbourne Hotel is the latest venture from Sandra and José De Oliveira. They've plenty of experience as publicans over the last 30 years. The elaborate decor is full of marble and ornate decorations. The fore-section features an eye-catching and pearlescent shell installation hanging from the ceiling; a trio of glittery bull heads watch over the bar. Large mirrors, statues and pot plants fill the spaces. It's like being transported into another world....

Back when I started university, I made a list of potential cafes to visit during my breaks, dreaming all the food adventures I could undertake. I find myself here during a catch-up, quite a number of years after making that list. The interior is spacious and stripped back, and splashes of colour on the walls keep it from feeling too sterile....

Rubira's is a popular and busy seafood restaurant that had its beginnings in Port Melbourne, and was expanded to North Melbourne nearly a year ago. It was started up by fourth generation hotelier, Paul Taberner, and restauranteur and third generation fish monger, John Rubira. John himself gets up in the early hours of every morning to get first pickings at the fish markets. For the North Melbourne branch, this wonderfully fresh and high quality seafood is prepared by Adam Barge, who came over from Port Melbourne to head...

Ever since the first time I saw a photo of it, I have always been intrigued by injera - the Ethiopian flatbread made with teff flour. Injera is used as a sort of 'plate', and also as an eating utensil, adorned with stews and salads until all consumed. As my first foray into African cuisine I decided to go on a food adventure to Little Africa, and since it can apparently get quite busy, I booked ahead. The restaurant itself was small and dim, yet cosy and intimate...